B – Conflicts of interest for medical publishers and editors

Desai SS, Shortell CK. Conflicts of interest for medical publishers and editors: protecting the integrity of scientific scholarship. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2011;54(3):59S-63S
(doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2011.05.111)

This article discusses the potential conflicts of interest between editors, contributing authors, the publisher, and advertisers in the medical publication process. Editors and publishers must be as responsible as authors to promote and protect the integrity of the scientific process. They should protect editorial independence, promote the use of a scientific arbitration board for serious disputes, promote transparency throughout all stages of publication, and take advantage of an effective legal framework