Nature defends itself in High Court over issue of “freedom of scientific expression”BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7391 (Published 14 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7391
- Clare Dyer
The trial of a libel action against the publishers of the journal Nature by the former editor of another science journal opened at the High Court in London on 11 November .
Mohamed El Naschie, an Egyptian mathematician, physicist, and engineer, launched the libel claim over a November 2008 article in Nature reporting his retirement as editor in chief of the Elsevier owned journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. The article, headed “Self-publishing editor set to retire,” noted that he published many of his own papers and questioned whether they had been peer reviewed to the expected standard.
He sued the Nature …