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February 22, 1971

Reprint Practices

JAMA. 1971;215(8):1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210072031

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To the Editor.—  May I express my agreement with Wangensteen in his letter entitled "Unsatisfactory Reprint Request Practices" (214:2060, 1970).In an editorial in the 1962 to 1963 Year Book of Obstetrics and Gynecology, (Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers Inc), I wrote the following:Practically all authors of articles published in medical journals receive requests for reprints. During my writing career, I have received a large number of solicitations for reprints. Hardly any of the requests had a postage stamp enclosed. To those of us who have an active private practice and a sizable income, the expense of postage is negligible but to a man and woman on a relatively low income, especially if he or she is young and not in the employ of a university or hospital which pays for publications, the expense of purchasing and mailing reprints may be a large item, especially if the requests