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December 16, 1998

Reporting of Public Health Hazards or Major Advances—Revision of Uniform Requirements

JAMA. 1998;280(23):2035. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2035

Most medical journals do not wish to publish work that has already been released or published in print or electronic media. The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals1 (URM) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) already indicate that such policies should not preclude consideration of a complete report following publication of an abstract or a presentation at a professional meeting, even if such presentations are covered in the media. However, authors are sometimes concerned whether reporting a public health hazard or major therapeutic advance directly to public media or governmental agencies will jeopardize subsequent medical journal publication of an article or letter to the editor dealing with the same topic.

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