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Do drug firms hoodwink medical journals? Or is something wrong with the contribution and integrity of declared authors?
  1. E J Wagena,
  2. P Knipschild
  1. Maastricht University, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Department of General Practice, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 Edwin J Wagena
 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre Hornerheide, PO Box 4080, 6080 AB Haelen, The Netherlands;

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To avoid the necessity of relying on trust in the matter of scientific authorship, most biomedical journals have adopted the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, which are produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).1 The scientific journals that are members of the ICMJE routinely ask contributors to sign a statement that they accept full responsibility for the conduct of the study, had access to the data, and controlled the decision to publish. They even request and publish information about the contributions of each person named as having participated.2,3 It turns out, however, that these requirements do …

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