Frank Davidoff, MD
Davidoff F.; The Making and Unmaking of a Journal. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:774-775. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-9-199905040-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(9):774-775.
Much has been made of the recent firing of George Lundberg, the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for 17 years. We've heard about timing the publication of papers on “hot” topics, the seeking of media attention, the intrusion of political agendas into scientific journal publishing. We've reacted strongly to strong personalities, puzzled over who should hire and fire journal editors, and rethought the principle of editorial freedom that underlies it all (1-5). What's gotten lost in all the shouting about personalities and principles, unfortunately, is the pragmatic issue of how hard it is to build a journal, and how easy it is to destroy one.
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