Responses to published work

Responsible debate, critique and disagreement are important features of science, as such Journals from BMJ welcome reader responses, questions and comments to published articles to allow a range of opinions to be expressed and to promote debate.

These should be submitted electronically as eLetters via the journal’s website. Contributors should go to the abstract or full text of the article in question. In the left hand column on the article webpage is a section entitled ‘Responses’. Click on ’Compose a response to this article’ and complete the online form. We ask that authors of correspondence declare any competing interests.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be reviewed by the editor and shown to the authors of the original article, when appropriate. Correspondence that is irrelevant or lacking cogency will not be considered.

The publication of eLetters is subject to our response terms and requirements.