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Press-released papers are more downloaded and cited
  1. Simon Chapman1,
  2. Thien Nga Nguyen1,
  3. Caroline White2
  1. 1School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor S Chapman
 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Edward Ford Building A27, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; sc{at}

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Website hits and particularly pdf downloads provide direct evidence of readers’ interest in papers published in journals. Tobacco Control’s website has allowed examination of web hits and downloads each month and cumulatively since March 1998 (issue 7-1).

In March 2006, we examined website data and citations shown on the Institute for Scientific Information’s Web of Science for all 553 original articles, reviews, editorials and special communications published in Tobacco Control and its peer-reviewed supplements from issue 7-1 till issue 13-2, comparing press-released and non-released articles. Articles published subsequent to 13-2 (June 2004) were not examined …

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