Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash.
The prestige of appearing in the major journals has led the Chinese Academy of Sciences to pay successful authors the equivalent of $30,000 (£18,000). Some researchers made half of their income through such "bribes", Schekman said in an interview.
Writing in the Guardian, Schekman raises serious concerns over the journals' practices and calls on others in the scientific community to take action.
"I have published in the big brands, including papers that won me a Nobel prize. But no longer," he writes. "Just as Wall Street needs to break the hold of bonus culture, so science must break the tyranny of the luxury journals."
Multiple industry sources are reporting that the performer who received an HIV-positive test result is a male who has worked in gay porn in the past but now works only on the straight side of the business; this performer has reportedly only received one test thus far indicating a possible HIV infection, and the industry reaction was immediate.
We have reliable information that the male performer who has tested positive for HIV is TJ Cummings.
TJ Cummings has worked in the business since 1998.