The new editor of the controversial Medical Hypotheses journal has vowed to keep publishing radical papers despite the implementation of peer review.
The last editor, Bruce Charlton, was removed from the post after publishing a paper from Peter Duesberg has that stated there is “as yet no proof that HIV causes AIDS”. Charlton refused to implement peer review as publisher Elsevier attempted to reform the journal and was sacked in May.
New editor Mehar Manku, part time chief scientist at biotech firm Amarin, will be responsible for overseeing a “unique” form of peer review that will judge the premise, originality and plausibility of proposed hypotheses, says Elsevier. The journal will give “open-minded consideration” to papers that would be rejected by conventional journals, adds the publisher.
“Elsevier and I make two commitments to ensure the long term success of this journal,” says Manku in a statement. “First, we will retain the ethos, heritage and unique characteristics of the journal as they were proposed at inception. Second, we will engage a medically qualified editorial board to get members more involved in the review system to help ensure radical new ideas and speculations in medicine are given open-minded consideration while ensuring scientific merit.”