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Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 2001 Feb;26(1):39-42.

The accuracy of MEDLINE and Journal contents pages for papers published in Clinical Otolaryngology.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and University Department of Otolaryngology, Liverpool, UK.


MEDLINE is widely used as a source for identifying and reviewing medical journal literature. Its accuracy is generally taken for granted, as is that of the contents pages published by the journals themselves. In this study of citation accuracy we examined the articles published in Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences from 1976 to 1998. The entries in MEDLINE were compared with the entries in the Journal's contents pages, and with the actual articles. Of 1651 articles published in the journal, one was omitted from MEDLINE and 25 (1.5%) were incorrectly cited, while 88 (5.3%) were incorrectly cited in the contents pages. Twenty-one (84%) of the errors in MEDLINE involved names of authors. Apart from incomplete retrieval of information for practice and research, errors could result in an author not getting credit for publications.

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