Dr Glass is Deputy Editor, JAMA.
Most medical journals do not wish to publish work
that has already been released or published in print or electronic
media. The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical
Journals1 (URM) of the International Committee of Medical
Journal Editors (ICMJE) already indicate that such policies should not
preclude consideration of a complete report following publication of an
abstract or a presentation at a professional meeting, even if such
presentations are covered in the media. However, authors are sometimes
concerned whether reporting a public health hazard or major therapeutic
advance directly to public media or governmental agencies will
jeopardize subsequent medical journal publication of an article or
letter to the editor dealing with the same topic.
Glass RM. Reporting of Public Health Hazards or Major Advances—Revision of Uniform Requirements. JAMA. 1998;280(23):2035. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2035