Coping with the Conflict-of-Interest Pandemic by Listening to and Doubting Everyone, Including Yourself

TitleCoping with the Conflict-of-Interest Pandemic by Listening to and Doubting Everyone, Including Yourself
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKozlowski, L
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Keywordsbias , business , Conflict , ethics , industry , PANDEMICS , peer-review , professional , Responsible , self-interest
AbstractIn light of the widespread existence of financial and non-financial issues that contribute to the appearance or fact of conflict of interest, it is proposed that conflict of interest should generally be assumed, no matter the source of financial support or the expressed declarations of conflicts and even with respect to one's own work. No new model is advanced for modification of peer-review processes or for elaboration of author declarations of interest. Researchers should be assessing the quality of published work as best they can and make their own decisions on the appropriate use of the work. While some apparent sources of conflict are likely more obvious and serious than others, even subtler biases can influence scientific reports. Ignoring peer-reviewed contributions because of conflict-of-interest concerns is discouraged. Listening skeptically to all sources, including yourself, is encouraged. 
NotesKozlowski, Lynn 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 323 Kimball Tower, 3435 Main Street Buffalo 14214-8028 USA; Source Info: Apr2016, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p591; Subject Term: PANDEMICS; Subject Term: CONFLICT of interests; Subject Term: BUSINESS ethics; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: SELF-interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bias in research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conflict of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Industry funding; Author-Supplied Keyword: Peer-review; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible conduct of research; Number of Pages: 6p; Document Type: Article