Disclosure of Duplicative Studies Damned If You Don’t

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

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

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

Abstract:
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.

  • I like this commentary…we have a poster that we are turning into a paper that was based on a single dataset from which we submitted an index paper on a similar topic. Referencing the index paper in the cover letter is a no brainer in order to provide transparenecy to the reviewers/editors…I am a big fan of transparency

    • Micah Hill

      I agree with you Kenan, its a great commentary. There is nothing to lose from being transparent… but a lot to lose if you aren’t. This is also one of my all time favorite article titles!

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