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Special Department, Feature, or Column of a Journal 

Special Department, Feature, or Column of a Journal

Cheryl Iverson

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Special Department, Feature, or Column of a Journal

When reference is made to material from a special department, feature, or column of a journal, the department should be identified only in the following cases:

  1. 1. The cited material has no byline or signature. (Note: This is preferable to citing Anonymous, unless “Anonymous” or something similar was actually used [see 2.2, Manuscript Preparation, Bylines and End-of-Text Signatures].)


    • 1. Who is responsible for adolescent health [editorial]? Lancet. 2004;363(9426): 2009.

  2. 2. The column or department name might help the reader identify the nature of the article and is not apparent from the title itself. Note: In these cases, the inclusion of the department or column name is optional and should be used as needed, at the editor’s discretion.


    • 2. Harris JC. Dead Mother I [Art and Images in Psychiatry]. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004;61(8):762.

    • 3. Gross R, Neria Y. Posttraumatic stress among survivors of bioterrorism [letter]. JAMA. 2004;292(5):566.

Identification of other special departments, features, or columns may not require additional notation (eg, book or journal reviews, cover stories) as their identity will be apparent from the citation itself:

  • 4. Calfee JE, reviewer. Nature. 2004;429(6994):807. Review of: Goozner M. The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs.

  • 5. Southgate MT. The Cover (Thomas Hart Benton, Pussycat and Roses). JAMA. 2004;292(6):661.

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