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Panel gives CMAJ editorial independence

Medical association agrees to take over ownership of troubled journal

Doug Payne
The Canadian Medical Association has agreed to give the beleaguered Canadian Medical Association Journal full editorial independence, along with a sweeping set of additional recommendations -- 25 in all -- from an expert panel. The recommendations, which appear after a dispute over editorial independence that saw the departure of the journal's top editors and most of the editorial board, also include taking the journal back from CMA's media holding company, which has tried to make the CMAJ a for-profit publication. Although the report said the panel "has no philosophical objection to a medical journal of the nature of CMAJ being profitable," it expressed concern that "profitability might be identified or inferred as the primary driver, rather than scientific, medical, and editorial integrity." As a result, the report said ownership must revert to the CMA.The panel's report, which is available online, was released on Friday (July 14). It was prepared...

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