chapter  21
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Most printed journals that use a subscription funding model run to a page budget; in other words, the editor knows that each issue or volume of the journal must not exceed a certain length agreed with the publisher. Electronic publishing has changed all this. Purely electronic journals have no limit on space and therefore no need for a queue of papers. Some journals ask authors to suggest people who might review their paper. Some meetings accept abstracts that describe the design of a study but not the results. This can be tempting if the submission deadline is long before the meeting and writer are confident of having exciting findings to present. Leaving aside the ethical and legal arguments, plagiarism is a sign of lazy writing. Preprints are early versions of manuscripts that are posted on a public website before or without peer review. Most peer-reviewed journals will consider only work that has not previously been published in full.