After several months of upheaval at the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), which included the sudden firing of the journal's top two editors and subsequent mass resignations by staff and editorial board members in February and March, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has agreed to follow the recommendations of an independent panel of experts and overhaul the journal's governance.
In March, responding to concerns that the editorial independence of the journal had been compromised, the association and its commercial subsidiary, CMA Holdings, commissioned an independent panel of experts to review the journal's governance. The 8-member panel was led by Richard W. Pound, QC, an internationally recognized arbitrator and chancellor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and included Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH, editor in chief of JAMA. The panel released its report in July, and the association and CMA Holdings immediately accepted all 25 recommendations laid out in the report. The complete report is available online (http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/cma/content_images/Inside_cma/Media_Release/pdf/2006/GovernanceReviewPanel.pdf).
Kuehn BM. CMAJ. JAMA. 2006;296(11):1337-1338. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1337