Author, verify your references! or, The accuracy of references in Israeli medical journals

C. Putterman, I. S. Lossos

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The high rate of citation errors in bibliographies in medical journals has been a source of concern in recent years. We examined the accuracy of references published during 1 year in two Israeli medical journals. Only two-thirds of the randomly selected references examined were error free: 8% had major errors preventing identification of the cited article. Most of the errors found (76%) were in referencing the author(s) or title of the article. We conclude that errors in citation appear also in Israeli medical journals. Editors should emphasize the importance of reference verification; however, primary responsibility for the accuracy of the reference list rests with the author. Authors should exercise more care in preparing bibliographies and should invest more effort in verification of quoted references.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael journal of medical sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • authorship
  • citation errors
  • medical journals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine(all)


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