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PubMed is urged to include competing interest information in abstracts

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2018 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2018

Rapid Response:

Re: PubMed is urged to include competing interest information in abstracts

The intention behind the urge is laudable. But the suggestion is inadequate. Competing interests are not just dollars (or pounds). They could be hope of more funding from government agencies and charities. They could be hope of directing charitable giving to the charities which MIGHT help expand academic posts.

We should instead require journal editors to publish the names of authors who (a) have been reported as having a conflict of interest and fail to reject the charge, (b) fail to answer criticisms of their terms, methods, results. Then PubMed should index those authors.

Competing interests: I have long been critical (please see my rapid responses) of authors who fail to answer criticisms of authors who see their article in print and then ignore criticisms.

08 April 2016
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough