Australian Medical Journal Editor Fired, Others Resign Over Independence Concerns

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The editor of the Australian Medical Association’s main medical journal was fired after he voiced concerns about governance changes that he felt endangered the journal’s scientific and editorial independence. Others involved with the publication then resigned.

“All but one member of the editorial advisory committee for Australia’s top medical journal have resigned following the sacking of its eminent editor,” reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Retraction Watch reported that some of the concerns revolve around outsourcing some of the production and editing of the journal to a large corporate entity, Elsevier. Retraction Watch stated that Elsevier has a controversial history — in one case allegedly producing drug marketing materials for Merck that appeared to be a scientific journal.

Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns (Sydney Morning Herald, May 4, 2015)

Editor of Medical Journal of Australia fired after criticizing decision to outsource to Elsevier (Retraction Watch, May 3, 2015)

Richard Smith: Australians fire an editor of the MJA for the fourth time (BMJ Blogs, May 5, 2015)