Radical journal's fate at risk

A panel has recommended that life science publishing giant Elsevier tame its most radical journal by making it choose papers via peer review -- not editor's choice -- and limiting the topics it covers. Image: flicker/linkurl:meviola;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69659670@N00/ linkurl:Medical Hypotheses;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/description is currently Elsevier's only non-peer-reviewed journal. linkurl:Its mandate;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journa

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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Jan 26, 2010
A panel has recommended that life science publishing giant Elsevier tame its most radical journal by making it choose papers via peer review -- not editor's choice -- and limiting the topics it covers.
Image: flicker/linkurl:meviola;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69659670@N00/
linkurl:Medical Hypotheses;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/description is currently Elsevier's only non-peer-reviewed journal. linkurl:Its mandate;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/authorinstructions is to publish interesting theoretical papers, including radical, speculative and non-mainstream scientific ideas. But a hubbub surrounding the publication of two AIDS denialist papers last July has the publisher considering adopting a peer review system for the journal -- a change that the journal's editor-in-chief sees as a travesty that will destroy its value. "It seems clear that Elsevier currently plan[s] to kill this 34-year-old journal, but to disguise the murder by continuing it as a kind of 'Zombie' Medical Hypotheses," linkurl:Bruce Charlton,;http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/publicity/dofe/charlton.html a professor of theoretical medicine at the University of Buckingham and editor-in-chief of the journal, wrote in an...
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