Time for an Updated Ingelfinger Rule?

More journals not accepting preprints suggests new boundaries are forming

Franz Ingelfinger, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1967-1976, was a character, and a competitor. In the early 1970s, newspapers like the New York Times were actively threatening the hegemony of the journal he ran. How? By threatening to compete on the “breaking news” front.

Ingelfinger didn’t take this lying down, and in 1969 (nearly…

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