An intentional satire of a randomised controlled trial was published in a journal. Investigators conducting a systematic review on the topic inadvertently included the satire article in their review as a legitimate manuscript. The authors of the satirical article saw the published systematic review and immediately contacted the editor of the journal in which it appeared to explain the situation. The editor of the other journal blamed the authors of the satirical article for the situation and demanded that they apologise to the authors of the systematic review and retract the original satirical article. The editor asked the Forum, does the publication of satire in a scholarly journal usurp space that should be reserved for legitimate investigations? Is it reasonable for the other journal editor to request the retraction of the satirical article?
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