Great news for academic transparency and integrity!
“The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has quietly announced that it will henceforth include funding and conflict-of-interest statements on the abstracts published on PubMed, its searchable site for scientific publications,” Marion Nestle reports in her Food Politics blog.
Kudos go to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for launching a petition last year that asked NLM to disclose funding and conflict-of interest statements.
“Adding disclosures about researchers’ financial relationships with drug, food, chemical, and other industries makes PubMed search results even more useful than they already are,” said CSPI president Michael F. Jacobson. “We thank the National Library of Medicine for adding this feature and hope journalists who rely on PubMed make consistent use of it when reporting on studies related to nutrition and health.”