Abstract: Our previous editorial (Ebrall, 2021) expressed concern with a report by Côté et al (2021). We were the first to call out this paper for what we saw it to be, an unashamed use of purported scientific method to set a self-serving political agenda. It is always nervous to make such a big call, especially against persons holding hallowed status in our profession, but today we see they have feet of clay and the Journal has been vindicated by not just one, but many canaries calling out their concerns.
Thankfully our profession’s canaries are highly reputable scientists, writers, and educators who represent the best of our contemporary thought.
In a nutshell, Côté et al undertook inquiry with questionable methods and with a good dose of spin, turned into into a ‘global summit’ meant to inform decision makers. Their conclusions were unfavourable to our profession, but of course, were also unfounded as many others now show.
This Journal does not have a preconceived political position in the world of chiropractic. We welcome submissions from all, and submit each without pre-judgement to our standard process of peer-review, where the author is blinded. When our reviewers consider a paper has merit and deserves to be published, we act.
We will not censor those on the list of complicit authors of the Côté paper and if any submission from any named author passes our peer-review, then it will be published.
Cite: Ebrall P. Gratitude for chiropractic’s canaries in the coal-mine. [Editorial]. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021;2.1. URL https://apcj.net/editorial--ebrall-july-2021/