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Elsevier ditches arms trade

Following years of protest, the publisher of The Lancet, Cell, and other high-profile journals plans to stop organizing arms fairs

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Reed Elsevier intends to stop organizing weapons exhibitions by the end of 2007, the publishing giant announced last week.The decision comes after years of mounting pressure from scientists and members of the medical community. "We have listened closely to these concerns and this has led us to conclude that the defence shows are no longer compatible with Reed Elsevier's position as a leading publisher of scientific, medical, legal and business content," CEO Sir Crispin Davis said in a statement posted on the company's Web site Friday (June 1).Opponents of the publisher's involvement in large international weapons expositions said they are pleased that Reed Elsevier plans to transition out of the arms trade business."This will safeguard the reputation of the Reed Elsevier publication The Lancet and no longer undermine its role in improving health and healthcare worldwide," Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said in an Email...

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