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August 1995

Clarification of the Archives' Publication Policy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(8):984. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100080034024

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THE Archives will consider for publication material that is accurate, important, and new. The evaluation of the accuracy and importance of each article is made through peer review. We believe that the publication of research conducted according to the scientific method and evaluated by peer review is the only way to achieve responsible reporting of scientific observations. Authors benefit from the suggestions and advice of reviewers who are experts in the field. Readers can have confidence that the results reported have been scrutinized, questioned, and evaluated by knowledgeable, disinterested scientists and clinicians.

The criterion of newness is necessary because (1) Archives readers expect new material and (2) the Archives receives too many important manuscripts to devote space to material that is not new. Authors who present their data at public meetings may be quoted in the popular press. If they plan to submit their material to the Archives, they should

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