Boycott publisher because of holdings in arms trade, readers told

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:389
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The former editor of the BMJ Richard Smith has called on researchers and authors to boycott the world's largest publisher of scientific and medical journals, Reed Elsevier, to pressure the company to divest itself of holdings in the arms trade.

    Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Smith argues that it is hypocritical for a company that publishes health journals to promote arms sales. His editorial will appear in the March issue (2007;100:114-6) but is currently available online (

    Dr Smith notes that Reed Elsevier's flagship journal, the Lancet, has been outspoken in its criticism of the arms trade and …

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