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The principal goals of editing biomedical publications are to identify, select, improve, and disseminate scientific and clinical information that will advance the art and science of the discipline covered by the publication. For example, biomedical journals are a primary source for reporting research advances and for communicating information to improve medical care and public health. In addition to providing information to subscribers and other recipients of the journal, articles published in biomedical journals may be accessed and used by numerous other readers and constituencies, such as clinicians and researchers who seek information about particular topics; educators and opinion leaders who may use information from journal articles for teaching and informing colleagues; and members of the media, who frequently communicate information from research articles that involve medicine and health to the public....