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NEJM Admits Breaking Its Own Tough Rules

Science  03 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5458, pp. 1573
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5458.1573a

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Summary

The New England Journal of Medicine, which prides itself on having the toughest conflict-of-interest guidelines for authors in scientific publishing, has been forced to admit that it has been regularly breaching those standards. Whereas some researchers say that the missteps show that such strict standards are impractical, the journal's editors see them as a spur to do better.

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