Publication ethics

In recent years, medical publishing has become more complex (not least because of the increasing pressure on researchers to publish) and this has led to journal editors dealing with many other issues, apart from simply reviewing scientific content, which take considerable time and effort. The field of publication ethics and best practice has developed and various bodies like the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) have developed policies and guidance on competing interests, criteria for authorship, data falsification and fabrication, and duplicate or redundant publications.

There has been much progress achieved in clinical trial registration, and journals subscribing to the principles set out by ICMJE require authors to register their trials prior to their commencement in a publicly available registry that is open and searchable.

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