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JAMA's editor sacked

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7180.394 (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:394

World medical journal editors should establish an award for editorial integrity in Lundberg's name

  1. Magne Nylenna, Editor, Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association ([email protected])
  1. PO Box 1152, Sentrum, 0107 Oslo, Norway
  2. Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  3. London WC1H 9JR

    EDITOR—The sacking of Lundberg as JAMA's editor1 is a very sad event for editorial freedom in general and for medical journals world wide in particular. This disgraceful incident has shown that neither size nor success gives any guarantee for editorial freedom—not even the two combined. The fight for integrity must go on continuously in every editorial office every day. Lundberg has been an example for other editors through his editorial integrity, scientific judgment, and his personal strength and warmth.

    I suggest that the global community of medical journal editors, through its organisations, establish an award for editorial integrity and name it the George D Lundberg Award.

    Acknowledgments

    [Published as a rapid response on our website 22 January 1999]

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    1. Simon Chapman, Editor, Tobacco Control ([email protected])
    1. PO Box 1152, Sentrum, 0107 Oslo, Norway
    2. Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
    3. London WC1H 9JR

      EDITOR—As every editor knows, editors sometimes time the publication of a piece of research so as to add new information to a current community or political debate, an upcoming major report, or an important anniversary. If editors are supposed to make a virtue out of being indifferent to topicality and relevant world …

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