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December 8, 2004

Digital Information Archiving Policies in High-Impact Medical and Scientific Periodicals

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(22):2720-2726. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2724

To the Editor: Medical and scientific journals increasingly cite information available only on the Internet.1,2 The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors stated that “Electronic publication is an area that is in flux,” and recommended that “Editors should develop, make available to authors, and implement policies on . . . archiving . . . and electronic publication.”3 This observational study examined the policies of high-impact medical and scientific journals for the preservation of citations to digital information.