Raja UY, Cooper JG. 2006. How accurate are the references in Emergency Medical Journal? Emergency Medical Journal. 23(8):625-626.
The objective of this article was to access the accuracy of references in Emergency Medicine Journal during 2003. Out of the 2561 citations checked they found 19% contained minor errors and in 8% the errors were classed as major, in such a way as to distract from the quality of the reference. This article makes some important points, not only does poor referencing reflect badly on the journal but it pulls into question the quality of the research in general. With this in mind, should journals expect editors to check the accuracy of citations against reliable electronic and manual resources as standard practice?http://emj.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/8/625