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October 20, 2004

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1815-1816. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1815-b

To the Editor: Dr Bates and colleagues1 found significant differences in the number of authors whose published contributions fulfilled authorship criteria in research articles published in 3 general medical journals. As the authors acknowledged, this finding could be explained by many factors, including different forms that were used by the 3 journals to assess fulfillment of authorship criteria.

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