Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


PubMed is urged to include competing interest information in abstracts

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2018

Rapid Response:

Countries producing fossil fuels must support PubMed

The free database PubMed is corrently “being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding” [1]. PubMed is of paramount importance for medical professionals and researchers all over the world. Without Pubmed, evidence-based medicine will give way to placebo-treatments and scientific misconduct [2]. Therefore, countries producing fossil fuels and hence disposing of considerable funds, sometimes spent in a wasteful manner, should permanently support PubMed [3].
1. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (accessed 23 Jaunuary 2018)
2. Jargin SV. Scientific misconduct and related topics. Am J Exp Clin Res 2017;4(1):197-201

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 January 2018
Sergei V. Jargin
medical reviewer
Clementovski per 6-82, Moscow