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After completing her PhD in Health Services Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Sara came to work at the BMJ in 2001 to conduct a randomised controlled trial of the effects of training peer reviewers, funded by the NHSE R&D programme. She now runs an extensive research programme for the BMJ Publishing Group. Completed projects include: author surveys on the use of statistical expertise in medical research, preferences for presentational style of scientific research, perceptions of electronic publishing, attitudes towards open access publishing, reader surveys to understand the effect of competing interest statements on research credibility Current projects include evaluating quality indicators for research articles published in the BMJ, improving the quality of reporting of interventions in RCTs, and evaluating the extent and nature of doctors’ use of technology. For further information on many of these projects go to http://research.bmj.com.
Have you in the past five years accepted the following from an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in the BMJ?
Reimbursement for attending a symposium?
I have presented findings from my research studies and been reimbursed by the organising committee for my travel and accommodation. Some of these meetings may have been funded directly or indirectly by pharmaceutical companies. I have also conducted workshops advertised as part of a conference and there may have been indirect funding from private companies. I have never received a fee for speaking– only reimbursement of expenses.
A fee for speaking?
A fee for organising education?
I have received payments for teaching by various postgraduate organisations and small companies teaching research writing skills.
Funds for research?
I have conducted some research funded by Bayer. I was responsible for the analysis of the raw data of one of the outcomes from a clinical trial.I had full control of the data analysis for this aspect of the research and wrote a report of the findings. A paper was subsequently published in Chest in 2002 describing this analysis.
Funds for a member of staff?
Fees for consulting?
Have you in the past five years been employed by any organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in the BMJ?
I have been an Honorary Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since I left full time employment with them in 2001. While many of my colleagues at LSHTM submit research to the BMJ, I am not involved in making decisions on what gets published in the journal.
Do you hold any stocks or shares in an organisation?
I am a member of the BMA pension fund, but don’t know where its funds are invested.
Do you have any other competing financial interests?
I have no competing interests/I have the following competing interests.
All research papers that I submit to the BMJ undergo assessment and peer review by our external advisors. No members of BMJ staff are involved in the decision making on these papers and this is stated in the competing interests section of the papers. When I submit papers for publication about the publishing process and peer review to other journals, I always declare that I am employed by the BMJ.