Monday, March 08, 2010

B - Bias in the research literature

Young SN. Bias in the research literature and conflict of interest: an issue for publishers, editors, reviewers and authors, and it is not just about the money. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience 2009;34(6):412-417.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2783432

Much has been written about drug company payments to researchers, but conflicts of interest (COIs) are also an issue for publishers, editors, reviewers, and authors. COIs are not limited to financial aspects, but cover other aspects of human behaviour, and therefore pervade every aspect of publishing. There is no entirely satisfactory way of dealing with COIs, but researchers should be aware of the issues.

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