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Re-evaluation of letters and letters journals

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This paper recommends that the term “letters” be confined, in relation to the transfer of primary scientific information, to a specific category of articles, most commonly appearing in special letters journals or in letters sections of other research journals. The outstanding importance or general interest of the contents of true letters makes it desirable that they be published relatively rapidly. There is a place for special letters journals, but these need special refereeing.

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Manten, A.A. Re-evaluation of letters and letters journals. Vet Res Commun 1, 197–200 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02267650

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