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Financial conflicts should be included in online abstracts

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1934 (Published 12 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1934
  1. M Felix Freshwater, voluntary professor of surgery1
  1. 1University of Miami, 9100 S Dadeland Boulevard, Miami, FL 33156-7815, USA
  1. mfelix.freshwater{at}gmail.com

    There should be not only data transparency but also financial transparency.1 Most major medical journals have made financial disclosure mandatory. Yet, now that the internet allows free access to any biomedical abstract, readers of abstracts may be blinded to papers’ relevant financial disclosure unless they have a paid subscription to the journal.

    I reviewed the ICMJE uniform requirements, the author instructions for 20 journals, including …

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