Editorial revolt continues at CMAJ

Journal scrambling to create review panel and appoint new editors

Doug Payne
Mar 8, 2006
Another editor has left the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) following an increasingly bitter and disruptive dispute over editorial independence that has seen the departure of five of the journal's editors. On Wednesday (March 8), the journal's Editorial Board delivered a stinging missive to the Canadian Medical Association, saying its recovery plan does not go far enough.The newest editor to leave CMAJ, Anita Palepu, said she quit because she was concerned that the CMA was not doing enough to ensure editorial independence. "It was too weakened ? for my comfort," she told the Canadian Press. This week, the CMA published a nine-point plan that left out a crucial sentence included in a ten-point plan put forward two weeks ago by recently departed editor Stephen Choi: "Editorial independence of the editor-in-chief will be absolutely protected."Meanwhile, the CMA has named a former Canadian Supreme Court chief justice to head...
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