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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 591–596

First Online: 30 May 2015Received: 20 February 2015Accepted: 22 May 2015DOI: 10.1007-s11948-015-9658-9

Cite this article as: Kozlowski, L.T. Sci Eng Ethics 2016 22: 591. doi:10.1007-s11948-015-9658-9

Abstract

In light of the widespread existence of financial and non-financial issues that contribute to the appearance or fact of conflict of interest, it is proposed that conflict of interest should generally be assumed, no matter the source of financial support or the expressed declarations of conflicts and even with respect to one’s own work. No new model is advanced for modification of peer-review processes or for elaboration of author declarations of interest. Researchers should be assessing the quality of published work as best they can and make their own decisions on the appropriate use of the work. While some apparent sources of conflict are likely more obvious and serious than others, even subtler biases can influence scientific reports. Ignoring peer-reviewed contributions because of conflict-of-interest concerns is discouraged. Listening skeptically to all sources, including yourself, is encouraged.

KeywordsConflict of interest Industry funding Ethics Peer-review Bias in research Responsible conduct of research  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Lynn T. Kozlowski

Source: https://link.springer.com/







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