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Title Should Study Sponsors control content?
Long Title Should Study Sponsors control content?
Contributor/Contact Dale J. Benos, PhD (benos@physiology.uab.edu)
Contributor Details Dale J. Benos, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
CTSA Alabama
Case Study Provided A paper has been submitted to a journal, and after two rounds of thorough scientific review, is accepted for publication. Just hours before web posting of this manuscript, the editor received a panicked call from the communicating author who said that a problem had arisen. A major drug company that had sponsored the research disputed the authors’ right to submit the manuscript because the authors and the company signed a contract specifically stating that the company must agree with the contents of the manuscript before submission. The company did not agree with the authors’ conclusions. The company made it clear to the authors that it was prepared to bring legal action against them and the journal if the paper was not immediately withdrawn. What should be done?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Ethical values behind the scientific standards for data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership,
Data sharing,
Legal aspects of data ownership and rights,
Scientific methodology issues including research design_objectivity and bias,
Data reporting
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Scientific responsibilities of authors
Peer Review Topics
The significance of peer review,
Reviewer roles in ensuring RCR,
Editorial responsibilities
Collaborative Science Topics
Dealing with challenges in collaborative relationships
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics
Managing conflicts of interest,
Conflicts of interest law and policy
Human Subjects

Citation Benos DJ, Fabres J, Famer J, Gutierrez JP, Hennessy K, Kosek D, Lee JH, Olteanu D, Russell T, Shaikh F, and Wang K. Ethics and scientific publication. Advances in Physiology Education 29: 59-74, 2006.
URL http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/29/2/59
RCR Keyword Research Paper, Intellectual Work, Collaboration, Peer Review, Manuscript, Journal, Editor, Conflict of Interest, Delaying the Review Process
Other RCR Keywords Scientific Review; Web Posting; Communicating Author; Drug Company; Authors’ Right to Submit; Contract; Legal Action; Sponsoring Agency; Industry-sponsored Research; Authors’ Conclusions; Scientific Community; General Public; Biased
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r3 - 13 Nov 2011 - 12:15:10 - MarkYarborough
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