A decade-long fight around Croatia’s premier scientific journal, which has garnered international respect for its quality standards, has flared up again. Last week, the two editors-in-chief of the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ) resigned after what they say are years of obstruction by members of the management board that made running the journal virtually impossible. A proposed change in the journal’s management structure might have cost them their jobs anyway.
CMJ , which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has a respectable impact factor of 1.45, the highest of any Croatian journal. At an editorial board meeting on 28 June, Editor-in-Chief Ana Marušić presented her vision for the future: a more specialized journal focused on population genetics and translational medicine, fields in which the journal has had the most citations. But instead of cheering the editorial team on to new victories, Marušić resigned at the end of her talk. Her co-editor-in-chief, Ivan Damjanov of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, stepped down as well.
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