Short Notes

Another genre for responding to previous research is the 'short note'. Such notes may be less disparaging than the letter to the editor and possibly a lot longer. The same stages outlined above for letters may again be present in the note, but normally with more detail. Such notes are likely to be refereed, and often there are replies from the original authors. Short notes can also be used to make a particular point in general, rather than target a specific person. Short notes are accepted as 'rapid responses' to articles on some journal web sites, and new readers can be directed to them when they download the original article (e.g. see http:Hbmj.com).

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