Psychology Journals: Proposal for Financial Disclosure Policies

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All psychology journals should require that authors and reviewers abide by the policy of complete disclosure of conflicts of interest. The scientific and medical research publishing communities have been shaken by cases of lack of appropriate disclosure, leading to the development of editorial disclosure policies. The American Psychological Association requires full disclosure by authors who submit manuscripts to its journals. Medical journals have elaborate policies related to financial disclosure. In the area of forensics, it is especially important to have clear financial disclosure policies. With this editorial, the journal is spearheading efforts to encourage psychological and psychiatric journals with a forensic focus to adopt uniform, comprehensive, strict financial disclosure policies. Other psychology journals should consider the issues, as well. Recommendations concerning specific financial disclosure policies that journals could adopt are offered.

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