New editor-in-chief for CMAJ Open

The CMAJ Group is pleased to announce a new Editor-in-Chief, Erin Russell, for CMAJ OpenCanada’s open-access online medical journal, starting June 20, 2022.

Erin is an experienced medical editor who brings a wealth of knowledge from her work at CMAJ and CMAJ Open as an editor and through graduate studies in epidemiology and community medicine. She takes over from finding Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Diane Kelsall, who has helped grow CMAJ Open into an important venue for health and medical research.

CMAJ Open publishes high-quality research from all medical and health disciplines, including the effects of climate change, gender and racism, indigenous health issues, patient-oriented research and COVID-19. Founded in 2013, the journal has been committed to 4 founding principles: Open access; Open to research in all medical disciplines; Open to all types of research studies; and Open peer review. It is indexed in MEDLINE and PubMed Central.

Relevant to policymakers, researchers and clinicians, CMAJ Open also values ​​the involvement of patients who can be peer reviewers for the patient-oriented research collection.

“I am pleased to pass the baton to Erin who will continue to grow CMAJ Open as a venue for researchers in Canada and beyond to publish medical and health research to improve health and health systems,” said Dr. Diane Kelsall. “Thank you all — authors, reviewers, readers and many others — who have contributed to the success of CMAJ Open. It has been my pleasure to collaborate with you as Editor-in-Chief since the journal’s launch.”

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