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Submission to multiple journals to reduce publication times

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:603

What about the readers?

  1. Harvey Marcovitch, freelance medical editor (
  1. Balscote, Oxfordshire OX15 6JW

EDITOR—None of the responses to the article by Torgerson et al has mentioned readers.1 2 All have assumed the prime purpose of journals is to act as the final link in the research chain. As a former editor of a peer reviewed general clinical journal, I saw things differently: what I wanted to publish were useful messages, often wrapped up in scientific papers, for my readers to take home.

This simple …

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