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Censorship of medical journals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:45
  1. Steve Hickey PhD (
  1. School of Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6BH

    EDITOR—I was pleased to note that the influence of commercial interests on medical publications is being taken more seriously.1 However, another form of bias can limit the information available to doctors and scientists: the active exclusion of journals from Medline.

    A year or so ago, I was asked by Dr Abram Hoffer to investigate the selection of journals to be included in Medline. A committee of internally selected experts, the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, …

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