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Feature Christmas 2015: The Publication Game

Snowballing citations

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6309
  1. Helen H G Handoll, senior research fellow,
  2. Greg Atkinson, professor of health sciences and biostatistics research
  1. 1Health and Social Care Institute, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA, UK
  1. Correspondence to: H H G Handoll h.handoll{at}

Helen Handoll and Greg Atkinson describe how a published letter took on a surprising new life

In August 2015, one of us (HHGH) received an unsolicited email from the publishing company Elsevier announcing a citation of her short letter published in 2006.1 The letter had attempted to correct a considerable overestimate of the number of Cochrane reviews on rehabilitation …

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