Special Department, Feature, or Column of a Journal
3.11.10 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. 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. 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.