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While perusing a recent issue of the Archives, I was struck by the relatively few instances of research support credit. Upon further examination, I noted that the reporting rate for original contributions in the April through July issues was about 60%, whereas nearly three of four articles in volume 104 (1971) acknowledged outside support. To be sure, the lower current acknowledgment ratio may reflect increased difficulty in obtaining federal and private funding. However, some current reports describe investigations of such breadth as to suggest that outside resources may have been used. Obviously, authors should not violate the confidence of benefactors who wish to remain anonymous. However, it behooves all of us to be especially watchful that opportunities for appropriate acknowledgment are not overlooked.
One important source of educational and research support has received little public credit. Dr. Robert R. Kierland, chief editor of the Archives, pointed out that the Dermatology Foundation has awarded over
Johnson JA. Acknowledgment of Research Support. Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(1):31. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630010011001