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01.06.2010 | Editorial | Ausgabe 4/2010

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Conflict of interest in peer-reviewed medical journals

The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) position on a challenging problem

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Dr. L.E. Ferris, R.H. Fletcher
Wichtige Hinweise
This editorial may appear in other medical and biomedical journals whose editors are members of WAME.
Conflict of interest in medical publishing exists when a participant’s private interests compete with his or her responsibilities to the scientific community, readers, and society. While conflict of interest is common, it reaches the level of concern when“a reasonable observer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by his or her competing interests” [ 1]. Having a competing interest does not, in itself, imply wrongdoing. But it can undermine the credibility of research results and damage public trust in medical journals. ...

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