How about if you've been Editor-in-Chief of the journal for the past 15 years?
Hagop Akiskal, M.D is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of International Mood Center San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center. Since 1996, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Affective Disorders. He is indeed a coauthor on 165 papers appearing in that journal (see image below). Out of 403 papers that come up in a PubMed search for 'Akiskal H', 162 of them are in JAD. Should this be considered self-publishing? Highly unethical? Or par for the course?
To be fair:
- There is another Editor-in-Chief (C. Katona).
- Excluding papers published before 1996 yields 155 articles in the ScienceDirect search of JAD.
- Excluding the word "editorial" drops the count further to only 142 papers. [This removes titles such as Special issue on circular insanity and beyond: historic contributions of French psychiatry to contemporary concepts and research on bipolar disorder and Good news to share: backlog no more.]
Viewing all 165 titles from the original ScienceDirect search, we can see two major themes emerge: bipolar (157 articles) and temperament (133 articles). As I mentioned in my previous post on Abusing Chocolate and Bipolar Diagnoses, the senior author of the 'Are "social drugs" (tobacco, coffee and chocolate) related to the bipolar spectrum?' paper (i.e., Hagop Asiskal) has a goal of expanding the diagnosis of bipolar disorder into the "bipolar spectrum".
More on this in a future post.
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