Resignations at embattled Canadian journal

Two editors leave the journal one week after publisher fires top editors

Doug Payne
Feb 28, 2006
The acting editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Stephen Choi, and the publication's Editorial Fellow, Sally Murray, resigned Tuesday (February 28). Choi had been in the job for only a week after agreeing to step in after the journal's editor and his senior deputy were fired after a dispute over editorial independence with the publisher, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).The timing of the resignations of Choi and Murray could hardly have been worse for the embattled journal. The firing of John Hoey and senior deputy editor Anne Marie Todkill has resulted in widespread publicity and criticism -- especially from within the journal itself. Editorial board members are currently circulating a petition to reinstate Hoey and Todkill. "By its actions the CMA has not only unjustly dismissed genuinely world class editors; it has compromised the public interest, its own interests, and the value of its core asset," they...

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