Journal editor resigned in wake of retractions for fake email addresses that enabled self-peer review
The case of Hyung-In Moon — the researcher who faked email addresses for potential peer reviewers so he could do his own peer review — has already led to one resignation.
We are sorry to announce that Prof. Emilio Jirillo is stepping down as Editor in Chief of Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, effective 15 June 2012.
The editorial office is currently looking for a new editor. In the interim, the Associate Editors and the editorial board will strive to handle the editorial process in a timely and efficient manner.
We understand that in a message to the journal’s editorial board, Jirillo said that with misconduct on the rise, editors in chief were under increasing burdens. They could no longer take “noble attitudes” — trust, respect, and loyalty — for granted. Jirillo said he didn’t want to spend his time preventing misconduct rather than encouraging high-quality submissions, and preferred to step down.
Moon’s was not the only misconduct case that Jirillo has recently policed. There was also this one, involving fraud and plagiarism.