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Letters Consent for publication

Editors and authors vexed and confused by consent

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1879
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, chairman, Committee on Publication Ethics1
  1. 1Banbury OX15 6JW
  1. h.marcovitch{at}

    Smith points out the potential legal pitfalls when submitting papers that might breach patient confidentiality.1 This is an issue often discussed at the regular quarterly meetings of editor members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Examples include the frustration of an author unable to obtain publication of his discovery of a new technique for confirming …

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