Ethics in Publishing

There's been chatter about conflicts of interest lately and adding to it is an editorial from the PLoS Medicine team outlining five ways journals can combat the effects of conflict of interest. One not-so-obvious one is to not only have the authors declare their competing interests, but to have the editors declare them as well.

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