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Ethics requirements and impact factor


Do all clinical research publications show strong application of ethics principles and respect for biomedical law? We examined, for the year 2009, the ethics requirements displayed on the website of 30 leading medical journals with an impact factor (IF) >10, and 30 others with an IF <10. We carried out a short study looking at the relationship between the IF of a journal and the ethics requirements in its instructions to authors. We show that the IF of a biomedical journal bears a direct relationship to its ethics requirements. Such results should improve the ethics requirements of all biomedical journals, especially those with low IF, so that they are internationally standardised to the higher standard required by journals with higher IF.

  • Biomedical research
  • biomedical law
  • publication rules
  • ethical principles
  • definition/determination of death
  • demographic surveys/attitudes
  • epidemiology
  • ethics committees/consultation
  • forensic medicine

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