Lipids

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 107–108 | Cite as

Is It Time to Standardize Ethics Guiding the Peer Review Process?

Letter to the Editor

Abstract

While most scientific journals have well defined ethics requirements for authors, very few journals explicitly specify the ethics standards that govern the actions of editors, editorial board members, and reviewers. We believe it is time to create a standardized policy for all medical and scientific journals that guides the ethical conduct of all stakeholders in the peer review process.

Keywords

Ethics Conflict of interest Peer review 

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Copyright information

© AOCS 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brain Physiology and Metabolism SectionNational Institute on Aging, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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