Elsevier Announces New Medical Hypotheses Editor-in-Chief

June 24, 2010

OXFORD, England, June 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Dr. Mehar Manku Assumes Leadership of Unique Journal, Vowing to Embrace
the Journal’s Original Ethos While Implementing a Different Approach to the
Peer Review Process

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) announced today that Dr. Mehar Manku has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical
Hypotheses (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws
_home/623059/description#description). In this role Dr. Manku will lead a
popular, unique journal that constitutes a bridge between cutting-edge theory
and the mainstream of medical and scientific communication. Dr. Manku
provided invaluable editorial help to Dr. David Horrobin, the journal’s
founder and first Editor-in-Chief, during a period of illness, before
becoming a member of the Editorial Board in 2004.

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Dr. Manku stated upon his appointment, “Elsevier and I make two
commitments to ensure the long term success of this journal. First, we will
retain the ethos, heritage and unique characteristics of the journal as they
were proposed at inception. Second, we will engage a medically qualified
editorial board to get members more involved in the review system to help
ensure radical new ideas and speculations in medicine are given open-minded
consideration while ensuring scientific merit.”

Medical Hypotheses is a forum for ideas in medicine and related
biomedical sciences. It will publish interesting and important theoretical
papers that foster the diversity and debate upon which the scientific process
thrives. In the words of Dr. David Horrobin in Volume 1, Issue 1, “Medical
Hypotheses will publish papers which describe theories, ideas which have a
great deal of observational support and some hypotheses where experimental
support is yet fragmentary”.[1]

Dr. Manku is responsible for implementing a new form of peer review that
is unique to Medical Hypotheses submissions. Medical Hypotheses aims to give
open-minded consideration to novel, radical new ideas and speculations in
medicine which would probably be rejected by most conventional journals.
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editor and external reviewers
to ensure their scientific merit. All reviewers will be fully aware of the
Aims and Scope of the journal and will be judging the premise, originality
and plausibility of the hypotheses submitted.

Dr. Manku has been in biomedical sciences for 35 years, developing
medicines based on fatty acids and lipids. He also spent the last 26 years as
Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief (since 2003) of one of the leading
peer-reviewed journals in the lipid field: “Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and
Essential Fatty Acids.” Dr. Manku is a part time Chief Scientist at Amarin
Corporation, a member of the American Oil Chemists Society and The
International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids

The journal also plans to implement an online comment section encouraging
active participation and debate on the journal’s contents.

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    [1] (Horrobin DF, 1975 Ideas in Biomedical Science: Reasons for the
        foundation of Medical Hypotheses. Medical Hypotheses Volume 1,
        Issue 1, January-February 1975, Pages 1-2.).

    Tom Reller
    Vice President, Global Corporate Relations

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