Save Bantry Bay Respond To Inshore Ireland’s Comments on Sea Lice Debate
The Dec / Jan issue of Inshore Ireland’s lead article exaggerates apology by the Journal of Fish Diseases.
In response, Save Bantry Bay have written to the editor:
Dear Inshore Ireland,
It was with interested we read your article ‘Publisher apologises to Ireland’s Marine Institute for contentious sea-lice article’. To suggest the Journal of Fish Diseases had apologised for denying the MI the right to reply is an exaggeration. What they’d actually apologised for was the procedural error of not giving Dr Jackson the opportunity to respond to the critique of his work in the same issue as Prof Krkosek’s reanalysis of figures were published. Indeed, the Journal now plans to re-publish Krkosek’s critique with the Dr Jackson’s response alongside.
To further suggest the title of the article has been ‘reclassified’ as a ‘comment, is also wrong. It always was entitled ‘Comment on Jackson et al. Impact of Lepeophtheirus salmonis infestations on migrating Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., smolts at eight locations in Ireland with an analysis of lice-induced marine mortality’.
Another error, is the suggestion the article wasn’t peer reviewed at all. The Journal’s apology notes ‘The Editors wish to clarify that Comments are not subject to the same level of peer review as Original Articles and Review Papers’. In other words, Comments are given peer review, just the process is not as exhaustive. But, you wouldn’t expect it to be given it is a comment on someone else’s work, not original research.
Interestingly, a number of months after the publication of Krkosek’s critique we continue to wonder if Dr Jackson will finally refute Krkosek’s claims. To date we’ve not heard a word.
Secretary, Save Bantry Bay.
The Journal of Fish Diseases stated in Dec 2014:
“Due to a procedural error, Dr Jackson et al. were not given the opportunity to reply to this Comment before it was published on Early View. Wiley apologises to Dr Jackson et al. for this oversight. The Editors wish to clarify that Comments are not subject to the same level of peer review as Original Articles and Review Papers. Dr Jackson et al.’s response will be published alongside this Comment in the next available issue of Journal of Fish Diseases.”
You can read Krkosek et al’s original “Comment on Jackson et al. “Impact of Lepeophtheirus salmonis infestations on migrating Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., smolts at eight locations in Ireland with an analysis of lice-induced marine mortality”: