Franz Ingelfinger's Legacy Shaped Biology Publishing

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Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 861
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.861


In 1969, shortly after becoming the journal's editor-in-chief, Franz Ingelfinger drew up rules for authors in The New England Journal of Medicine forbidding prior publication in other media; these rules have been invoked by numerous editors over the past 3 decades. Yet Ingelfinger acknowledged that they were good business practice more than anything else: He wanted to be sure that the articles he published were original and "newsworthy."