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May 19, 1999

Editorial Independence and THE JOURNAL—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1793. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

In Reply: Although we respect the opinions of Dr Hoffman and colleagues, we believe that their recommendations are not the most effective response.

The decision to dismiss Dr Lundberg was not made by THE JOURNAL. The suggestions of Hoffman et al—that editors refuse to participate further in editing JAMA, and that members of the health care community refuse to offer new submissions and refuse to take part in peer review—would only serve to directly harm THE JOURNAL. The editorial staff, with the support of the editorial board, is committed to maintaining the important role that JAMA has established in providing high-quality, reliable, leading-edge scientific information to help physicians care for their patients and to improve public health. It is because we take this critical responsibility very seriously that we continue to edit THE JOURNAL. The actions proposed by Hoffman et al would jeopardize the ability of THE JOURNAL to fulfill this important responsibility to physicians, to patients, and to the public.

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