Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The day the editorially-reviewed scientific journal died

... a week ago today.

Medical Hypotheses' editor, Bruce G. Charlton, is truly an intellectual polymath whose impact on my own thinking can hardly be overstated. Dennis Mangan raised the banner and has fought valiantly in the trenches of the blogosphere for several months now in BGC's defence, while a host of scientists wrote the management of Medical Hypotheses' parent publisher asking, suggesting, and demanding that the alternative publication be allowed to continue as it had since its inception 35 years ago.

It was not enough. Peter Duesberg is apparently untouchable in the science media mainstream. Bruce had the audacity to allow the accomplished Duesberg publish in Medical Hypotheses, a decision that ultimately proved fatal to his job as editor as well as the integrity of the journal itself.

There is little I am able to do on his behalf, of course, but I will certainly point readers to the future location of his work if he chooses to reestablish an online presence beyond his hedweb site. Further, with the loss of his editorship position, finances could potentially be an issue. If they are and Bruce solicits donations, I pledge to match those made on a designated day dollar for dollar.

Sing dirges in the dark.


Lover of Wisdom said...

I found out about this earlier. It is a sad day.

Dennis Mangan said...

I understand that Charlton will continue in one or another of his professorial guises - at Newcastle and/or Buckingham - returning to his former full-time role as an academic, so I don't believe that he'll have a problem making a living.

It is indeed sad. Whatever one thinks of Duesberg - and I think he's got a right to be heard, and may even possibly be right - what was done to Medical Hypotheses was damn near criminal. AIDS is a PC disease.

bbartlog said...

You mispelled the guys name (Mangan has it right).
Is losing the editorship of Medical Hypotheses actually much of a loss? I recall when I visited the site and looked around, it seemed vaguely scammy - you had to pay them to get your research published. I'd be curious to see how much (or whether) the research published in it gets cited elsewhere.

OneSTDV said...

"AIDS is a PC disease."

This truism was substantiated by the firing of physicist Jonathan Katz from the oil spill recovery panel.

[Katz wrote a polemical article on his personal website about the connection between AIDS and gay sex.]

Audacious Epigone said...


Oops, thanks, I've fixed it.

What OneSTDV is referring to. Notice Katz was removed entirely for political reasons; his credentials are not in question. It is encouraging to see Wash U stand up for him, though.