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Title Can financial interests influence review articles?
Long Title Can financial interests influence review articles?
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 The Director of Publications receives a letter from an irate reader complaining that the journal did not publish a financial disclosure from an author of a review article that was published 6 mo earlier. At the time, the journal did not have a policy on conflict of interest that covered review articles. This reader was not dissuaded by any argument. He/she continued to write, demanding that "...an honest disclosure of competing financial interest..." of the authors be acknowledged in print. The authorís response was that this individual had been harassing him over this issue for years, mainly because of a personal scientific vendetta. The author has, in the past, freely disclosed his finances if asked, but feels in this case that it is not appropriate, given the policies of the journal at the time. 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
Inappropriate authorship practices,
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Scientific responsibilities of authors,
Poor publication practices
Peer Review Topics
The significance of peer review,
Editorial responsibilities
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics
Conflicts of interest law and policy
Human Subjects No 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 Journal, Editor, Reviewer, Conflict of Interest
Other RCR Keywords Financial Disclosure
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: r2 - 12 Nov 2011 - 16:29:14 - MarkYarborough
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