In April, ASH launched a new feature
called e-Letters to serve as a forum for feedback and discussion about articles
recently published in Blood. The editors hope e-Letters will facilitate
rapid, lively, and constructive interactions between readers and authors.
Submissions of e-Letters are open to all researchers and health-care
professionals with expertise and interest in hematology and related fields.
E-Letters should be submitted electronically by clicking on a link from the
article being discussed. Comments must be concise (less than 300 words) and
will undergo an internal review prior to posting to cull out contributions that
are incomprehensible, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate. E-Letters will be
posted online within days and will remain linked to published articles in
perpetuity via the journal Web site; however, e-Letters will not be indexed in
Medline. Authors of published articles will be encouraged to respond to
e-Letters that have been posted in reference to their articles with comments of
The current Letters to the Editor section of the
journal will still exist both online and in print, but it will be reserved for
stand-alone letters that do not pertain to articles published in Blood or
letters containing primary data of particular importance, even if the letter
pertains to a prior published Blood article. Submitted e-Letters and
regular Letters to the Editor will be screened by the editors, and those more
appropriate for the alternate pathway will be re-routed. For more information
on e-Letters, please visit Blood’s Author Guide.
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