Ingelfinger rule

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Ingelfinger rule


Definition A popular term for guidelines delineated by Franz J Ingelfinger, MD, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, who felt that 2 criteria were imperative in accepting papers for publication in a scientific journal of high quality:

(1) A news embargo on articles scheduled for appearance in the journal, and

(2) Strict application of the Ingelfinger rule: The journal undertakes review with the understanding that neither the substance of the article nor the figures or tables have been published or will be submitted for publication during the period of review. This restriction does not apply to abstracts published in connection with scientific meetings or to news reports based on public presentations at such meetings

Comment The Ingelfinger Rule has become the standard for high quality medical and scientific journalism 


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