Journal editor facing axe

Elsevier has asked the editor-in-chief of its only non-peer-reviewed journal, linkurl:Medical Hypotheses,;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/description to either resign immediately or implement a series of changes, including a traditional peer-review system. Image: flicker/linkurl:meviola;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69659670@N00/ The journal's editor-in-chief linkurl:Bruce Charlton;http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/publicity/dofe/charlton.html told The Scientist tha

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Mar 7, 2010
Elsevier has asked the editor-in-chief of its only non-peer-reviewed journal, linkurl:Medical Hypotheses,;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/description to either resign immediately or implement a series of changes, including a traditional peer-review system.
Image: flicker/linkurl:meviola;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69659670@N00/
The journal's editor-in-chief linkurl:Bruce Charlton;http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/publicity/dofe/charlton.html told The Scientist that such changes are "vehemently opposed" by the editorial advisory board, as well as at least 150 scientists who have published in the journal. Elsevier has given him until next Monday (March 15) to respond, and he said he is still contemplating his decision. In addition to instituting a peer-review system, an external advisory board assembled by Elsevier also recommends that articles on controversial subjects, such as any that support racism, not be considered for publication. Elsevier has also given Charlton notice that his contract will be "terminated" at the end of this year, Charlton said. "My understanding is that Elsevier will indeed appoint a new editor and make the changes...
Medical HypothesesMedical HypothesesEditor's note: Elsevier responded to after the publication of this story acknowledging that it had accepted the external panel's recommendations for the journal. The publisher also clarified that should Charlton stay with the journal for the immediate future, his contract would not be renewed at the end of the year, as opposed to "terminated" before its completion.




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