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Medical journals and the media

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7135.0 (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

Medical journals have a love hate relationship with the media. The New England Journal of Medicine, for instance, has fought against the mass media for stealing its stories and yet has become pre-eminent, in part, because of the extensive media coverage it receives. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine showed that papers reported in the New York Times were subsequently cited more by scientists than papers not reported. (And it wasn't just that the New York Times picked up the most important papers—because the effect wasn't seen …

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