Breaking news: Come next June, Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis will step down as editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association, the journal has just announced. JAMA, (pronounced as in the second syllable of pajama) is one of the nation’s most prestigious medical journals, its studies cited widely and given much credence. According to JAMA:
Dr. DeAngelis has been a leader among journal editors to increase the integrity and ethics of medical journal publishing. Working with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), she encouraged other editors to agree to a requirement for all clinical trials to be registered as a condition of publication and to strengthen conflict of interest guidelines. In one of her most courageous stands as a journal editor, she instituted the requirement that industry-sponsored clinical trials must have an independent academic statistician to review all data before a manuscript can be accepted and published in JAMA. No other journal has this stringent requirement to ensure the integrity of data.