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Volume 28, Issue 1 - Careers in medical writing

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There is a growing debate in journals and articles on financial and non-financial conflicts of interest (COIs). This debate exists in scientific journals and also in the mainstream media. I provide two examples: the New York Times (NYT) and JAMA.

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  1. Ornstein C, Thomas K. Top cancer researcher fails to disclose corporate financial ties in major research journals. New York Times. 2018 Sept 8.
  2. Ornstein C, Thomas K. What these medical journals don’t reveal: top doctors’ ties to industry. New York Times. 2018 Dec 8.
  3. Bauchner H, Fontanarosa PB, Flanagin A. Conflicts of interests, authors, and journals new challenges for a persistent problem. JAMA. 2018;320(22):2315–8.
  4. Botkin JR. Should failure to disclose significant financial conflicts of interest be considered research misconduct? JAMA. 2018;320(22):2307–8.
  5. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals. Updated December 2018. Available from:
  6. Ploug T. Should all medical research results be published? The moral responsibility of medical journal editors. J Med Ethics. 2018;44:690–4.
  7. Godlee F. Adverse effects of statins. BMJ 2014;348:g3306.
  8. BMJ. 2018;363(8180). Available from:
  9. Hartley A, Shah M, Nowbar AN, Raikumar C, Howard JP, Francis DP. Key opinion leaders’ guide to spinning a disappointing clinical trial result. BMJ. 2018;363:k5207.
  10. Frassl MA, Hamilton DP, Denfeld BA, de Eyto E, Hampton Se, Keller PS, et al. Ten simple rules for collaboratively writing a multi-authored paper. PLoS Comput Biol. 2018;14(11):e1006508.
  11. Faulkes Z. Resolving authorship disputes by mediation and arbitration. Res Integr Peer Rev. 2018;3:12.



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Good Writing Practice
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Out on Our Own
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