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August 1985

Duplicate Publication and the Pursuit of Correct References

Author Affiliations

Children's Nutrition Research Center Department of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX 77030

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(8):747. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140100009004

Sir.—I was delighted to read the editorial by Radulescu1 and found it pertinent to the policies of our editorial office. Indeed, duplicate publication is boring, but it is a recurrent temptation for young investigators. These same young scientists must be reminded to verify all references against original documents.2-4 Therefore, it was surprising and disappointing to discover that the inaccuracies in the reference citations that followed the editorial precluded further exploration of this topic. Three of the articles found did not correspond to the references listed. Moreover, the format recommended for citations of editorials in American Medical Association journals was not followed.5 Nevertheless, the editorial itself is a valuable teaching tool. The disparities in the reference section provide an unintentional, but humorous, dividend for the students and confirm that even editors are fallible.