To The Editor:It was heartening to read the editorial "Changing Ethical Standards
in Scientific Publication" (2004;86:1855-6) by the Editors of the BIG
THREE (JBJS[Am], CORR, and JBJS[Br]). This editorial is a step in the right
direction, but it leaves other questions unanswered. How do you decide what is
a "least publishable unit"? Do JBJS and CORR have a policy on the
"least publishable unit" or is the designation at the discretion
of the editors and reviewers?The editorial also discusses "meat extenders," and it could be
argued that the article by Beaulé et al.1 in JBJS is a meat
extender of a recent article by Beaulé et al.2 in CORR.
Compare Table 4 on page 90 of the CORR article with Table I of the JBJS
article. There are discrepancies and similarities between these two tables,
which were probably based on the same data. The conclusions are the same:
valgus positioning is better than varus.