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Editors are justified in asking authors to cite equivalent references from same journal

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1765
  1. Eugene Garfield, Chairman emeritusa
  1. a Institute For Scientific Information, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Editor—Richard Smith's criticism of the editorial judgment of Leukemia, which asked authors to increase the number of references to papers published in Leukemia, 1 seems harsh in view of the well known Matthew effect.2 Merton originally coined this term to describe …

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