Do Editorial policies support ethical research? A thematic text analysis of author instructions in psychiatry journals

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dc.identifier.uri Strech, Daniel Metz, Courtney Knüppel, Hannes 2016-12-22T07:48:58Z 2016-12-22T07:48:58Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Strech, D.; Metz, C.; Knüppel, H.: Do Editorial policies support ethical research? A thematic text analysis of author instructions in psychiatry journals. In: PLoS ONE 9 (2014), Nr. 6, e97492. DOI:
dc.description.abstract Introduction: According to the Declaration of Helsinki and other guidelines, clinical studies should be approved by a research ethics committee and seek valid informed consent from the participants. Editors of medical journals are encouraged by the ICMJE and COPE to include requirements for these principles in the journal's instructions for authors. This study assessed the editorial policies of psychiatry journals regarding ethics review and informed consent. Methods and Findings: The information given on ethics review and informed consent and the mentioning of the ICMJE and COPE recommendations were assessed within author's instructions and online submission procedures of all 123 eligible psychiatry journals. While 54% and 58% of editorial policies required ethics review and informed consent, only 14% and 19% demanded the reporting of these issues in the manuscript. The TOP-10 psychiatry journals (ranked by impact factor) performed similarly in this regard. Conclusions: Only every second psychiatry journal adheres to the ICMJE's recommendation to inform authors about requirements for informed consent and ethics review. Furthermore, we argue that even the ICMJE's recommendations in this regard are insufficient, at least for ethically challenging clinical trials. At the same time, ideal scientific design sometimes even needs to be compromised for ethical reasons. We suggest that features of clinical studies that make them morally controversial, but not necessarily unethical, are analogous to methodological limitations and should thus be reported explicitly. Editorial policies as well as reporting guidelines such as CONSORT should be extended to support a meaningful reporting of ethical research. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher San Francisco : Public Library of Science
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE 9 (2014)
dc.rights CC BY 4.0
dc.subject clinical research eng
dc.subject clinical study eng
dc.subject ethical decision making eng
dc.subject human eng
dc.subject information processing eng
dc.subject international cooperation eng
dc.subject medical literature eng
dc.subject methodology eng
dc.subject morality eng
dc.subject practice guideline eng
dc.subject professional standard eng
dc.subject psychiatry journal eng
dc.subject research ethics eng
dc.subject thematic analysis eng
dc.subject ethics eng
dc.subject medical research eng
dc.subject psychiatry eng
dc.subject publication eng
dc.subject research eng
dc.subject Biomedical Research eng
dc.subject Editorial Policies eng
dc.subject Ethics Committees, Research eng
dc.subject Ethics, Research eng
dc.subject Guidelines as Topic eng
dc.subject Informed Consent eng
dc.subject Periodicals as Topic eng
dc.subject Psychiatry eng
dc.subject Publishing eng
dc.subject Research eng
dc.subject.ddc 100 | Philosophie ger
dc.subject.ddc 500 | Naturwissenschaften ger
dc.title Do Editorial policies support ethical research? A thematic text analysis of author instructions in psychiatry journals
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 19326203
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 6
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 9
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage e97492
dc.description.version publishedVersion
tib.accessRights frei zug�nglich

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