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NEW! Discussion document on handling competing interests

This guidance has been drafted following a COPE Discussion Forum (9 December 2015, The aim of the document is to further encourage discussion and to capture a record of the issues around competing interests — especially when they arise after publication — to help inform and progress the debate, and to firm up guidance where that is indicated.

The discussion document can be read here:

COPE welcomes feedback on this document and we encourage journal editors, publishers and others interested to comment. Please email all comments to Natalie Ridgeway, COPE Executive Officer here.