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Letters Publishers’ charges for scoring systems

Permission fees for reproducing tables in journal articles are exorbitant

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5128
  1. Jay Siwek, physician, journal editor1
  1. 1American Family Physician, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20007, USA
  1. siwekj{at}

Publishers’ charging for reproducing scoring systems is indeed a growing problem in medical publishing that is anti-scientific and not in the best interests of patients.1 Medical students, physicians, and other health professionals should not have to pay a licensing fee to …

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