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Editing for posterity gets red card in Real world

Naturevolume 430page611 (2004) | Download Citation



I read with amusement your News story “‘Inspirational’ leader quits Madrid heart project” (Nature 430, 127; 200410.1038/430127b). Reporting a comment that the Spanish government should pay more to attract high-profile scientists, as Real Madrid did to attract David Beckham, you explained “Beckham is a footballer who left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003”.

After discounting the possibility that newly arrived aliens were the target audience, I conclude that either the article's editor needs to get out more, or there is an institutional belief that serious subscribers to Nature cannot possibly find time for a life between the weekly arrivals of your journal, or both.

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