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False claim about a PLoS Medicine editor and PLoS board member

I wanted to alert you to an e-mail that is in circulation, advertising an upcoming journal called Scientific Medicine. The e-mail states that the journal ‘comprises of several top-end basic science researchers, practicing clinicians, medical scientists and international journal editors from across the world (Mainly US, Europe and India)’ and then it goes on to name me and Richard Smith (a member of the PLoS Board of Directors) in the list of those involved. However, neither Richard nor I have ever heard of the journal, and we did not give our permission to be named as editorial board members, nor is PLoS or PLoS Medicine in anyway associated with the journal. We have written to the Managing Editor of Scientific Medicine, asking that the journal immediately stops attaching our names to the launch.

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