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Editing The Pharmaceutical Journal


I wish to add my voice to those who have commented here. In recent months I believe the journal has suffered from a lack of clear editorial policy. There have been some useful developments and the staff of the journal undoubtedly work hard and do a good job. It seems to me that they have been held back by the recent leadership. The PJ has become one of the least accessible of professional journals. I am still baffled by the decision to remove PDFs (other professional journals have not done this) and the fact that it required such a lengthy explanation (PJ blog, August 2014) only serves to confirm my view that it is difficult to justify. If it was a no-brainer surely it could have been explained in one or two paragraphs? I have the impression that digital publishing expertise was bought at the expense of depth of knowledge of the profession. Whilst I understand the need to move forward with new technology I think that the replacement of the editor with a ‘publisher’ should now be acknowledged as an experiment that did not work well. For many of us the functions of publisher and editor are distinct and different. Our profession needs and deserves a journal with a strong identity that serves the needs of RPS members and represents the roles of pharmacists to others outside the profession. I hope that the Assembly will take the opportunity to revisit its decision. I too believe that the post of editor of the PJ should be resurrected and that a suitable individual with appropriate knowledge of the profession and journalistic skill should be appointed. I support the suggestion that the post should be filled by open competition. Christine Clark BSc Msc PhD FRPharms

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20 MAR 2017

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