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Letters Impact factors

The dark side

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 05 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:710
  1. Helen E J Miller, consultant psychiatrist, National Deaf Service (
  1. London SW12 9HW

    Martyn's tongue in cheek advice to the new editor of a prestigious—if fictional—journal is to raise the impact factor by various measures including “resist[ing] any sympathy when a paper is submitted on an unfashionable condition such as deafness.”1 As a psychiatrist working with deaf …

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