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The Gravity of Brevity

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010003001.
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If you read our Journal from cover to cover each month, you've noticed on the title page, a series of hints to help prospective contributors. Devoting your own attention to finished articles, as you do, you may think it strange that we should consistently use space to talk to such a small group—the pediatric writers. Believe us, most of our authors are more competent scientists than writers. If we influence them even slightly by our little tips, everyone benefits.

Dr. Tibor Greenwaldt, editor of the new journal, Transfusion, expresses a laudable intention in his first issue. To make sure contributors to his journal really understand his preference, he writes as follows

Delay in publication is usually blamed on the editorial staff but authors are as much at fault. Transfusion will favor manuscripts of 2,000 words or less (about 8 double-spaced typewritten pages). Bibliographies should be restricted to pertinent references. Exhaustive


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