The Influence of Disclosure and Ethics Education on Perceptions of Financial Conflicts of Interest
Conflict of interest in medical publishing exists when a participant’s private interests compete with his or her responsibilities to the scientific community, readers and society. While conflict of interest is common, it reaches the level of concern when ‘a reasonable observer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by his or her competing interests’. Having a competing interest does not, in itself, imply wrongdoing. However, it can undermine the credibility of research results and damage public trust in medical journals.