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Medical Journal of Australia editor sacked over opposition to Elsevier outsourcing

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2392
  1. Marie Mcinerney
  1. 1Melbourne

The editor in chief of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has been sacked over his opposition to the outsourcing of the journal’s subediting and production functions to the global publishing company Elsevier.

The dismissal of the respected Australian medical academic Stephen Leeder last Wednesday prompted the resignation of 19 members of the journal’s editorial advisory committee and the journal’s senior deputy editor, Tania Janusic. The medical editor of the online newsletter MJA InSight, Ruth Armstrong, has also given notice over the decision.

Two committee members, Gary Wittert and Michael Horowitz, both professors at the University of Adelaide, said, “We consider that the MJA was extremely fortunate to have the services of an editor of this calibre and regard his …

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