Dr. Horrobin founded Medical Hypotheses in part to serve a unique niche. It was to be a place where hypotheses and ideas could be published in the absence of a sometimes stifling peer review process. It was a sort of book of the month club, with articles picked by the editor because they were “interesting and important”. And to be fair, some undoubtedly produced good in the world.
However, this journal also left the door open for quacks. It gave the appearance of “science” without its discipline or rigor. And while maybe something like Medical Hypotheses was necessary in 1975 to serve as the coffee house for novel scientific ideas, it is obsolete in 2010. That role is better served by the internet; which is more accessible, has a bigger audience, is even less censored, and lacks stifling page limits. The only thing that an internet blog lacks is the assumed stamp of quality science.
Long story short, Elsevier, the publisher of Medical Hypotheses has had enough. They fired the current editor and are about implement peer review. In my view this came a dollar short and day late, but I am genuinely glad. It strips away an undeserved authenticity for those using Medical Hypotheses to promote autism quackery.
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