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Full Disclosure Needed from Education Policy Makers

Publication Date: 2003-09-27

Science Journals will now require full disclosure of financial ties from authors of articles appearing in their pages. The time is long past when consultants for the U. S. Department of education should do the same.

The editors at an influential group of science journals have announced a policy requiring contributors to disclose financial ties to products or companies that could benefit from the articles they write. This policy comes in response to outrage over an article in Nature Neuroscience last November about treatments for depression. The author, Dr. CHarles B. Nemeroff, chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, praised three products to which he had significant financial ties.
According to the New York Times, "Dr. Nemeroff later said he would have disclosed his financial interests had the journal asked him to. And the editors said yesterday that he had not violated their policy at the time.

"When scientists 'offer their professional expertise without disclosing potential financial benefits to themselves," the editors wrote, "it threatens to undermine public trust, not simply in a particular paper or journal, but in the integrity of the scientific enterprise as a whole.'"

Well, hey ho!

When will the members of the U. S. government's Reading Panel disclose their financial ties to the products they not only recommend but insist and decree should be used in classrooms across America?

If you want a glimpse of the money and influence-peddling web between and among this panel, go to

Reading Expert Quiz


When will our leading journals require full disclosure of financial ties from the authors of articles appearing in their pages?

When will consultants showing up in your schools do the same?

If you're interested in the New York Times article, it's "Science Journals Tighten Rules for Disclosure of Financial Ties" by Melody Peterson, 9/27/03


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