Jefferson T, De Fiore L. BMJ pico—a window into the future? (letter) BMJ 2009; 338:b392
Pico is a test publication format (sort of extended abstract)proposed by BMJ and reducing the paper research content while retaining the full electronic version of papers. This allows to publish more articles and increase acceptance.One of the foreseeable effects of pico and the publishing of more research would be to decrease the BMJ’s impact factor by increasing the denominator. This may or may not be compensated by an increase in readership, circulation, and citation (the impact factor numerator).