B – A look at medical journal editors

Wong VS, Callaham ML. Medical journal editors lacked familiarity with scientific publication issues despite training and regular exposure. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2012;65(3):247-252
(doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2011.08.003)

One hundred eighty-three editors of major clinical medical journals were electronically surveyed (response rate, 52%) to determine their demographic, training, potential source of conflict of interest (COI), and familiarity with ethical standards. Although most editors reported training in medical editing topics and saw ethical issues regularly, their knowledge of four common and well-disseminated publication ethics topics (authorship, COI, peer review, and plagiarism) appeared poor.