Increasing the shelf life of review papers

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7029.513a (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:513
  1. Yue-Fang Chang,
  2. Enrico I Portuese,
  3. Ronald E Laporte
  1. Research specialist Research assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA Chang: yuc2@vms.cis.pitt.edu

    EDITOR,—Review articles are very important for summarising medical literature. By the time they are published, however, they are two years out of date because of publication delays, and they rapidly become irrelevant because very recent articles are not included. We proposed a cure to this in our paper titled “The death of biomedical journals,” suggesting that a global information server should replace the traditional paper journal system.1 With the global information server, research findings can be presented and …

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