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BMJ declares its revenues from industry

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4930 (Published 25 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4930
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief,
  2. Kamran Abbasi, executive editor,
  3. Theodora Bloom, executive editor
  1. The BMJ, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: F Godlee fgodlee{at}bmj.com

Setting new standards for accountability and transparency

All good medical journals require editors, authors, and peer reviewers to declare their financial conflicts of interest. But few hold themselves, as organisations, to similar levels of accountability. Last year, BMJ’s executive committee (on which FG sits) decided to declare all revenues received from the drug and device industries.1 To our knowledge, no other major biomedical publisher declares its revenues in this way.

The BMJ is published by a publishing company, BMJ (BMJ Publishing Group), which is wholly owned by the British Medical Association (BMA). BMA grants editorial freedom to the editor of The BMJ.

Table 1 shows our declaration for the 2016 financial year, and the information can also be found online.2 We are declaring a breakdown of revenue from three specific streams: product advertising, commercial sponsorship, and the sale of article reprints. (Our other important revenue streams are subscription income, rights and licensing, classified advertising, and open access fees.) Our declaration shows that in 2016, BMJ …

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