In reply: The article referred to by McBryde was submitted to the MJA in 2011. Patient consent was requested, following standard MJA practice for all manuscripts containing potentially identifying patient data or images, but this was not provided by the authors. We agree that all the information was already publicly available, and it was for this prime reason that the manuscript was rejected. The manuscript referred to by McBryde presented supposition, but nothing new in the way of facts. The Journal’s independent external Content Review Committee made the final decision to reject the manuscript.
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