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Conflicts of Interest

Chapter:
Ethical and Legal Considerations
Author(s):

Annette Flanagin

Of all the causes which conspire to blindMan’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind,What the weak head with strongest bias rules,Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.    Alexander PopeA conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s objectivity is potentially, but not necessarily, compromised by a desire for prominence, professional advancement, financial gain, or a successful outcome. Conflicts of interest that arise from personal or financial relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion are not uncommon in science. In biomedical publication, a conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution, employer, or funder) has financial or other relationships that

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