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A journal prints a lengthy correction to an article at the centre of
a libel case against an investigator who has been left off authorship,
fails to apologize, considers the matter closed and will not answer
questions from the BMJ. Does this enhance it's reputation for independance
and transparent scientific debate amongst other journals and academics in
the field? Or might it impact the impact factor?
Healthwatch committee member and contributor to the charity's defence fund to help pay for Dr Wilmshurst’s legal costs