Saturday, May 09, 2009
Elsevier's latest publication: The International Journal of Smoke and Mirrors
"Last week, we learned about Elsevier publishing a bogus journal for Merck. Now, several librarians say that they have uncovered an entire imprint of 'advertorial' publications.
Excerpta Medica, a 'strategic medical communications agency,' is an Elsevier division. Along with the now infamous Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, it published a number of other 'journals.'
Elsevier CEO Michael Hansen now admits that at least six fake journals were published for pharmaceutical companies."