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March 1972


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Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):355. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030101027

To The Editor.  —Having read the editorial in the Archives by Dr. Silen entitled "Publish or Perish" (103:1, 1971), might I refer you to the matter of publication counting vs citation counting.1If you have not already done so, it might be very revealing to you to examine the "critique" implied by the specific citation of articles published in your journal that are listed in the Science Citation Index. The SCI is available in several libraries in the Boston area.Your specific suggestion that critiques appear with articles is a good one. I myself recommended a similar procedure to a journal on whose editorial board I served; that is, the Journal of Chemical Documentation.I found myself writing publishable critiques as a referee and suggested to the editor that it was absurd for these critiques to remain anonymous. I do not think that referees should remain anonymous, even

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