Disclosure of Duplicative Studies Damned If You Don’t

Revised instructions to authors require full disclosure of similar manuscripts, whether published, in press, or under review by other journals.

Richard S. Legro, M.D., Craig Niederberger, M.D., Antonio Pellicer, M.D.

Volume 98, Issue 6, Pages 1347-1349, December 2012

Duplicative publication requires duplicative editorializing. There are many forms of lesser redundancy such as unacknowledged secondary analyses of randomized clinical trials, fragmentation of studies with concurrent submission to varying journals, and serial updating of observational studies. These practices result in publication bias. We have revised our instructions to authors to include disclosure of similar articles- published, in press, or submitted to other journals to the editors upon submission.

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