WAME and Editorial Independence

The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) expresses serious concern related to the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) recent dismissal of the Canadian Medical Association Journal's (CMAJ) editor, John Fletcher. Particularly concerning is that CMA appears to have chosen to disband rather than to engage the organization’s Journal Oversight Committee coincident with this action. Of note, the CMA dismissed a previous CMAJ editor in 2006. Removing editors for unclear reasons raises concerns about publisher interference that violates the principles of editorial independence advocated by WAME,1 the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors,2 the Council of Science Editors,3 and the Council on Publication Ethics4.
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WAME March 2016

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WAME Editorial (freely accessible)

Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals: The World Association of Medical Editors Position on a Challenging Problem by Lorraine Ferris and Robert Fletcher, which addresses the WAME Policy Statement Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals. The policy from the Editorial Policy and Publication Ethics Committees addresses conflict of interest issues and approaches for authors, peer reviewers, and editors.