Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 16–18 | Cite as

Variations in Instructed vs. Published Word Counts in Top Five Medical Journals

Concise Research Letters


allowed word count word length word limit text length 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine St. Michael’s Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Policy Management and EvaluationSt. Michael’s Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySt. Michael’s Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoUSA

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