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Do it their way

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1444
  1. B Dixon

    This month, a decalogue of advice for scientists on how (not) to write up their research.

    1. Never consult Instructions to Authors, which are actually printed for the guidance of the journal's editors. Many of these will be young people just out of university, and need to be reminded about conventions with which you, a distinguished contributor, having lifelong familiarity.

    2. There is no longer any need to check either the form or accuracy of your references. One of the benefits of modern information technology is that everything, from the dates and titles of journals to authors' names, can now be corrected automatically. No more trekking down to the library.

    3. If the …

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