Are journal editors partial to pharma cash?
Journals set the agenda for clinical practice, so it’s important that they avoid any conflict of interest.
In the 1990s, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr Jerome Kassirer, was well known for his determination to uphold editorial independence in the face of the commercial siren songs from industry. There was a lot of money to be made by publishers of journals who went along with the drug companies’ aim of getting maximum favourable exposure for their products in the medical literature.
However, Dr Kassirer saw the NEJM as a