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Reporting the Role of the Sponsor

Chapter:
Ethical and Legal Considerations
Author(s):

Annette Flanagin

Reporting the Role of the Sponsor

UPDATE: We will discontinue using quotation marks to identify parts of an article, but retain the capitalization; eg, This is discussed in the Methods section (not the “Methods” section). This change was made February 14, 2013.

In the interest of full disclosure, the ICMJE recommends that authors report how sponsors/funders have participated in the work reported in a specific manuscript.2,24 Journals should require authors to indicate the role of the sponsor/funding organization in each of the following: “design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.” If the sponsor or funder had no such role, this should be stated. This information may be included in the Methods or Acknowledgment section of the manuscript2 (see also 5.2.6, Acknowledgments, Funding and Role of Sponsors). Authors should not agree to allow sponsors with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome of a study or review article to control the author’s rights to publication, although review of such manuscripts by the funding agency is typically permitted as long as such review does not impose an unacceptable delay or suppression.2,5,10,24 According to the ICMJE, if a sponsor or funder with a proprietary interest in a manuscript has “asserted control over the authors' right to publish,” editors should decline consideration of the manuscript.2

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