Is It Time to Standardize Ethics Guiding the Peer Review Process?
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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.
KeywordsEthics Conflict of interest Peer review
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