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Dr. Edward Huth had become Assistant Editor of the
Annals of Internal Medicine in 1960 and Associate Editor
in 1965. When he became Editor in 1971 he continued his
predecessors' commitment to excellence while bringing his unique
literary flair for writing to the journal. Dr. Huth would in time
become the leading expert on "style and structure" in medical
writing, eventually publishing four books on the subject, including
the Style Manual for the Council of Biology Editors. He also played
a central role as a member of the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors, for the creation of the Uniform
Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URM)
in 1979. The URM standardizes the ethics, preparation and
formatting of manuscripts submitted for publication by biomedical
journals. URM is followed by over 1100 scientific journals and the
National Library of Medicine.
Annals' 50th Anniversary in 1977 ushered in a period of
technological and editorial development. Editorial staff began to
verify the bibliographic references of all submitted articles for
accuracy by examining the original source material. In July 1978
Dr. Huth appointed Associate Editors to aid in the selection and
review of materials to be published in the journal. Annals
also began complying with Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts
Submitted to Biomedical Journals. By 1979 the Editor had also added
a statistician to the staff and had a computer database created to
list all eligible individuals available to review manuscripts. This
database grew to 3500 reviewers by 1982. In 1984 Annals'
Editors began having bibliographic references verified on-line by
MEDLINE. The College also reached an agreement to allow
Bibliographic Retrieval Services (BRS) on-line access to full text
of Annals articles.
ACP continued its lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Government
attempting to recover taxes paid by the College on Annals
advertising revenue. In 1977 the Claims Court held that the
advertisements were not substantially related to the organization's
tax-exempt purpose and that the income was therefore taxable. On
petition the Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the
ruling, stating that the advertisements helped to educate the
journal's readers and were therefore substantially related. On
January 21, 1986 the case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme
Court, which unanimously held that the advertisements in this
particular case were not "substantially related" to the medical
journal's educational purposes. As a result, the College had to pay
taxes on the profits it earns from the advertisements in
Annals. This landmark case is often referenced in law
school classes throughout the United States. This ruling has
affected all journals published by nonprofit organizations.
-Prepared July 2012 by Eric Greenberg, based on materials
from the Archives of the American College of Physicians and,
Rosenow EC Jr. History of the American College of Physicians:
Executive Perspectives, 1959-1977. Philadelphia: American College
of Physicians; 1984. Huth EJ, van Steenburgh KC. "Annals of
Internal Medicine: the first 50 years." Ann Intern Med. 1977;
87:103-10, and Huth EJ, Case K (2002). Annals of Internal Medicine
at Age 75: Reflections on the Past 25 Years". Ann Intern Med 137