July 1978

Open Editorial Office

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(7):1174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630320102039

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To the Editor.—  I have just finished reading your excellent editorial in the March Archives (114:361, 1978) and thought I should drop you a few lines to express my thoughts about the "open editorial policy." As an author, I must confess that I have been very positively impressed by the fairness you have consistently shown as an editor. I find it a stimulating experience to deal with a conscientious editor who shows concern as to the negative repercussions that an unwarranted rejection of a manuscript could have. From my own experience and that of several of my colleagues, unfortunately, this does not appear to be the prevalent editoral attitudes in other journals. Perhaps, that is the reason why very few authors bother to request reconsideration of their manuscript.I believe you have taken a major step in the right direction by addressing yourself to the problem of the open editorial

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