Menu

Dozens of Editorial Board Members Resign from Journal

More than 70 editors left the Journal of Molecular Medicine after SpringerNature closed an editorial office and selected a new editor-in-chief.

Feb 6, 2018
Kerry Grens

ISTOCK, SEAN_KUMAMost of the editorial board of the Journal of Molecular Medicine quit in protest after the publisher, SpringerNature, appointed a different editor-in-chief than editors had recommended and closed an office in Germany.

Retraction Watch reports that on December 1, more than 70 editorial board members, including three former editors-in-chief, wrote in a letter that “the unilateral decision of SpringerNature to disregard the recommendations of the editorial board without engaging in any dialogue or discussion with the editorial board has jeopardized the future and scholarly legacy of the Journal.”

The editors had wanted to install Martin Lohse of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine as the editor-in-chief to succeed Detlev Ganten of the Charité Foundation. SpringerNature instead selected Ari Waisman, an immunology researcher at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz. “As a logical step to this new direction for the journal, Springer decided to reorganise the editorial office in close collaboration with the newly appointed editor-in-chief to provide him with the best support we can,” the publisher tells Retraction Watch.

“The decision by Springer to select a new editor at a new location, communicated in a few email lines a few weeks before the actual transfer and never discussed with anybody, made the large majority of the editorial board resign,” Lohse tells Retraction Watch.

As of today, two dozen editorial board members are listed on the journal’s website. Five signatories of the letter remain on the board’s list, although Springer says it is contacting each former board member to confirm their decisions and updating its website.

November 2018

Intelligent Science

Wrapping our heads around human smarts

Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Slice® Safety Cutters for Lab Work

Slice® Safety Cutters for Lab Work

Slice cutting tools—which feature our patent-pending safety blades—meet many lab-specific requirements. Our scalpels and craft knives are well suited for delicate work, and our utility knives are good for general use.

The Lab of the Future: Alinity Poised to Reinvent Clinical Diagnostic Testing and Help Improve Healthcare

The Lab of the Future: Alinity Poised to Reinvent Clinical Diagnostic Testing and Help Improve Healthcare

Every minute counts when waiting for accurate diagnostic test results to guide critical care decisions, making today's clinical lab more important than ever. In fact, nearly 70 percent of critical care decisions are driven by a diagnostic test.

LGC announces new, integrated, global portfolio brand, Biosearch Technologies, representing genomic tools for mission critical customer applications

LGC announces new, integrated, global portfolio brand, Biosearch Technologies, representing genomic tools for mission critical customer applications

LGC’s Genomics division announced it is transforming its branding under LGC, Biosearch Technologies, a unified portfolio brand integrating optimised genomic analysis technologies and tools to accelerate scientific outcomes.