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Letters Declaring interests and restoring trust in medicine

Competing interests in peer review

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 29 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6704
  1. Hajira Dambha-Miller, NIHR clinical lecturer in general practice,
  2. Roger Jones, editor
  1. Department of Population Health and Primary Care, Aldermoor Health Centre, Southampton SO16 5ST, UK
  2. British Journal of General Practice, London NW1 2FB, UK
  1. hajiradambha{at}

We read John and colleagues’ paper and the accompanying editorial with interest.12 The trial findings indicate that authors’ financial conflict of interest (COI) disclosures have no effect on the quality of peer review. The study was limited to manuscripts submitted to the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and we are unclear about the extent to which financial COIs might contribute to …

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