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Sharing authorship of papers


Getting papers published - then and now
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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What we always said to one another was that you would get anything in "Nature" if you pinned a note to the manuscript saying, the reviewers want this manuscript published immediately. The editorial office run, I think, by Brimble at the time, was held to be- I've no idea if this is true or not - was held to be a terrible mess and Brimble would publish anything. That can't have been true, but it was much easier to publish then than it is now. Right. My goodness. Did you ever have a paper rejected in those early years in your career? I tried to think if I've really- I've had papers, or I've had one paper, rejected twice, the same paper, in the last year, and it was a bit of a shock. I don't think I'd ever had one before. Lucky you. For a long time I used to publish all my work in the "European Journal of Immunology", but since I was the Chief Editor there and then would short-circuit that was cheating wasn't it.

Avrion Mitchison, the British zoologist, is currently Professor Emeritus at University College London and is best known for his work demonstrating the role of lymphocytes in tumour rejection and for the separate and cooperative roles of T- and B-lymphocytes in this and other processes.

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Martin Raff is a Canadian-born neurologist and research biologist who has made important contributions to immunology and cell development. He has a special interest in apoptosis, the phenomenon of cell death.



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Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008