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Journals are not biased towards positive trial results, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5538
  1. Lucy Banham
  1. 1BMJ

Journals are just as likely to publish trials with negative results as those with positive findings, concludes research presented this week at the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication in Chicago.

Bias towards publication of positive results, particularly in industry sponsored trials, has been well described in the medical literature. It has not been clear, however, whether this occurs because authors and sponsors fail to submit negative studies or because of lack of interest among editors.

Marlins van Lent and …

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