The strange paper that made its way from an obscure journal called Life to headlines at a number of ostensible news sites has continued to make waves this week. As we noted in our update to the story, Case Western Reserve University not only removed the press release from its site, but is now undertaking a review of how press releases are handled by that office. Presumably, they'll consider mechanisms that will allow a press officer to exercise some judgement before acceding to a request by a faculty member that wants to see his or her work promoted.
But that's not the only place where people are undertaking a bit of reevaluation. Science journalist Carl Zimmer noticed that a member of Life's editorial board had been a source for a recent story, so he got in touch to ask about its editorial practices. After looking into the matter, the scientist resigned from the board; Zimmer found that he wasn't the only one, as a number of other names have been removed from Life's webpages. LiveScience also heard of a number of resignations.
This wasn't the only recent paper that's causing a similar response. Nature News is reporting that at least one editor is resigning from the journal that published a paper that attempted to cast doubt on the well-established fact that HIV causes AIDS. In both cases, the editor who handled the papers have claimed that they went through the journals' standard review process.
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