Dear Dr Gardner,

Thank you for your Correspondence submission, which we regret we are unable to publish. Pressure on our limited space is severe, so we can offer to publish only a very few of the many submissions we receive.

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Ella Kahn

Correspondence Assistant | Nature

Thanks, Ella, I’ll try the service entrance.

 I didn’t want to say this in my initial letter, but I think Nature is honor bound to run it. Please tell the Correspondence Boss that it’s unethical to deny someone credit for their work. And it goes against my grain to demand it, but I am,

yours truly,

Fred Gardner