Junk Science #2: Why to Have a Healthy Skepticism of Science Journals

Nearly every medical journal requires the authors published within to disclose conflicts of interest in their studies. For example, if a researcher’s study on the safety of a pharmaceutical product has been funded by the pharmaceutical industry, the researchers are required to disclose this.

Though conflicts of interest don’t necessarily mean the study was conducted poorly, they might have been, and either way COIs can erode credibility. Unfortunately, there are easy ways around disclosure. Because why would a researcher want to put their credibility on the line? What if, for example, the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t fund the study directly, but instead “donates” a large sum to a “charity” first, which in turn grants that money to researchers?

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