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Journal of Accounting & Marketing

Author(s): Christopher Baethge

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Since 2005, Deutsches Ärzteblatt has required authors of scientific articles to submit a declaration of conflicts of interest. We publish this information together with the article itself, even when the author has stated that no conflicting interests are present. Our readers have welcomed this change, and most authors, too, are in favor of communicating conflicts of interest transparently. Nonetheless, we are still regularly confronted with misunderstandings and inquiries on the subject. We have therefore decided to explain in detail here what, exactly, the medical-scientific editorial office (under the heading "Medicine") considers to be an authorial conflict of interest; what our experience in this matter has been over the past three years; and what inferences a reader should—and should not—draw from the declared presence of such a conflict. First of all, though, a few words are in order about the scientific background of the discussion of conflicts of inter

This article was published in Dtsch Arztebl Int and referenced in Journal of Accounting & Marketing

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