The framework whereby the American Medical Association (AMA) will relate to JAMA and
theArchives Journals has now been
published.1,2 These documents bring to the fore important
issues of journal governance and editorial independence, issues that
remain contentious. A recent editorial in the New England Journal
of Medicine,3 and letters in the same
issue4-10 rebuking and supporting the editor, highlight
divergent views on the extent and meaning of editorial independence for
general medical journals. We now explore these issues, making the case
for editorial independence and emphasizing the interrelated issues of
governance and trust.
Davies HTO, Rennie D. Independence, Governance, and Trust: Redefining the Relationship Between JAMA and the AMA. JAMA. 1999;281(24):2344–2346. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jed90044
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