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December 1978

The Early Years of the Archives

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Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(12):2201-2202. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060503002

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In 1929 Dr Arnold Knapp decided to relinquish the arduous duties of managing a scientific publication, and turned the Archives of Ophthalmology over to the American Medical Association, to be added to the list of special journals it publishes. This spared Dr Knapp the headaches of printing and distribution, and the solicitation of advertising, but it also cost him other headaches. He could no longer decide for himself the makeup of each issue; the number of pages to be allotted for articles; the number of illustrations permitted, nor whether any of these illustrations could be color plates; even the amount and character of the advertising, which helped pay for the publication, was now out of his purview. Fortunately, the ideas of the AMA and Dr Knapp on advertising coincided.

At the time about which I write, Dr Knapp had appointed me to the editorial board of the Archives. Probably because

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