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December 23/30, 1998

Improving the Accuracy of Abstracts in Scientific Articles—Reply

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Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;280(24):2071. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-24-jbk1223

In Reply.—Ms Hodge is concerned about inaccuracies and deficiencies in abstracts as they compromise indexing and thereby impair future retrieval of references. This is an important question, but it is not quite the one our research addressed. We were concerned that data in the abstract could be verified in the body of the article, whereas Hodge wants to be sure that important aspects of the article find their way into the abstract. In other words, we asked, "Is what is in the abstract accurate?" and she asks, "Is what is important in the abstract?"

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