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Publication time for letters

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 20 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:812

Letters are not published fast enough in the BMJ

  1. Phil Taylor (, GP clinical tutor.
  1. Postgraduate Medical Centre, Exeter
  2. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    EDITOR—The delay between publication of articles and their commenting letters in the paper BMJ is now seriously interfering with the educative importance of the letters, which often radically alters the significance of the article to non-expert readers. Although I wrote this letter electronically, I read the paper journal, as I imagine do most of your readers.

    The BMJ manages to have special issues such as the Christmas edition and the children's issue. I suggest it is time for a special letters issue. This would contain the entire backlog of letters for which publication is intended. After …

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