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There will be a new policy on the handling of manuscripts effective Jan 1,1989. Similar policies are also being adopted by Neurology and the Annals of Neurology. Other major journals have instituted similar policies.
Manuscripts will not be returned to the authors, but will be destroyed by the reviewers and editorial office after suitable review. Authors should keep copies of their original manuscript and visual material. The visual material originally submitted must be of a quality suitable for review and publication, but it will not be returned. The essential information regarding reasons for rejection, suggestions for revision, and information for acceptance will be sent by ordinary mail or airmail. The only exception will be manuscripts returned without review. This rarely occurs, but some manuscripts may be judged by the editor as inappropriate for the readership, redundant if a similar article has been recently published or has been accepted, and unsuitable
Joynt RJ. New Policy on Manuscripts. Arch Neurol. 1988;45(11):1181. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520350019007
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