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Readers may recall an editorial comment about Reed Elsevier's support of arms shows (defence exhibitions). It was not just our editor who noted an apparent conflict between the purpose of scientific journals, especially medical journals, and this involvement of an important journal publisher. It appears the matter has now been resolved and we applaud Reed Elsevier for taking this decision.
Reed Elsevier announced on 1 June that it is to exit the defence exhibitions sector. This portfolio of five shows is part of Reed Elsevier's global business division and represents around 0.5% of group annual turnover. Sir Crispin Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier, said: “Our defence shows are quality businesses which have performed well in recent years. Nonetheless, it has become increasingly clear that growing numbers of important customers and authors have very real concerns about our involvement in the defence exhibitions business. We have listened closely to these concerns and this has led us to conclude that the defence shows are no longer compatible with Reed Elsevier's position as a leading publisher of scientific, medical, legal, and business content.”
Reed Elsevier intends to complete its withdrawal during the second half of 2007, subject to honoring its obligations to partners, customers, and other key stakeholders.