Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
Statements issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in conjunction with the Vancouver standards. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1998, vol.3, n.4, pp. 257-261. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891998000400006.
These statements, which are published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in conjunction with the Vancouver standards, cover some of the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of the publication of research papers, and of the comments generated by them, in biomedical journals. Following a definition of what constitutes a peer-reviewed journal, the roles of journal owners and editors are described, along with those of members of an editorial board, and procedural norms are set forth in connection with conflicts of interests, retractions or corrections, fraud, and breaches of confidentiality. Among the last topics explored are the problems involved in the dissemination of research results by the popular media, the handling of advertising within the journal, and the simultaneous acceptance of manuscripts whose authors have arrived at opposite conclusions regarding the results of a particular study.