Although professional journals wield substantial influence over medical research and practice, very few of the publications report conflicts of interest held by their editorial staffs, potentially undermining confidence in the role they play in medicine, a new study finds.

To wit, 129 of 130 high-impact medical journals that were reviewed required authors to disclose conflicts, but only 16 of those same journals — or 12% — reported potential conflicts held by individual editors. Meanwhile, in half of 26 journal categories examined — mostly, medical specialties — not one journal provided public disclosure of conflicts held by individual editors.

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