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Student admits sending email with incorrect details about new journal

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b804 (Published 27 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b804
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    A student has claimed responsibility for the confusion surrounding a new medical journal that listed among its editorial board people who had never heard of the publication.

    Devesh Oberoi, a former student of Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, who describes himself as an “independent researcher,” has admitted that he sent an email that wrongly listed the BMJ’s former editor Richard Smith among those on the editorial board of the journal Scientific Medicine.

    Dr Oberoi was selected to be a student representative for Scientific Medicine and takes up the position from 1 March 2009. He said that he inadvertently copied a list of his mentor’s contacts into an email he sent to friends to publicise the journal, saying that they were members of the editorial board.

    The list included the names of …

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