Navigation Links
Elsevier's new Custom Publication Guidelines set new Standards for Publishing Pharma-Sponsored Content

PHILADEPLHIA, Pennsylvania, February 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services announced today that it is publicly sharing its internal custom publication guidelines so that the scientific and medical communities can have insight into a new and practical set of publishing standards for producing custom and sponsored publications. The new guidelines (available at were first developed in June 2009 and updated in December 2009 following a comprehensive internal review of custom publications practices within Elsevier.

"We recognized the need to align our procedures for custom publications across the business so they are consistent with our high standards of transparency, disclosure and ethical behavior and consistent with Elsevier's reputation and responsibility for delivering world-class content," said Michael Hansen, CEO, Elsevier Health Sciences. "We think the time has come for a higher level of bar-setting for disclosure of origin and funding and encourage other publishers to take similar steps if they haven't already."

The review was initiated when it was revealed that two Elsevier publications from 2003, presented as an unbiased journal, were in fact sponsored publications lacking adequate disclosures. The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine published reprinted original, peer-reviewed research articles, plus other summarized articles, conference reviews and news clips and was single-sponsored by a global pharmaceutical company. Contrary to the high standards that Elsevier sets for itself, the employees responsible did not make the sponsorship sufficiently clear to its potential readers. (See press releases from May 7, 2009, ( 01203) and June 4, 2009 ( cws_home/companynews05_01233) at for further background.)

(Due to the length of these URLs, it may be necessary to copy and paste these hyperlinks into your Internet browser's URL address field. Remove the space if one exists.)

The guidelines cover the necessity for full disclosure of funding and the origin of content and provide guidance on obtaining permission for the use of content. The guidelines also point employees to best practices for medical publications from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Institute of Medicine.

Publishing units will consider in their approval processes whether a custom publication is consistent with Elsevier's historical standard for world-class content and whether appropriate disclosures are made. They also need to follow the established record retention policy to ensure the company maintains an archive of all custom products produced. Affected employees have confirmed receipt of the guidelines and attended presentations on implementation. Elsevier management will continue to monitor and assess adherence to the guidelines and standards by all its business units globally.

"These guidelines will help ensure our readers are aware of the context in which content is presented to them," said Hansen. "Further, this experience has demonstrated how much we value the input of our various communities of authors, editors and others in helping us stay true to our mission. Feedback on these guidelines and other parts of our business will be continually welcomed."

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet ( and Cell (, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect (, Scopus (, Reaxys (, MD Consult ( and Nursing Consult (, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite ( and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier ( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

    Tom Reller, Vice President,
    Global Corporate Relations,

SOURCE Elsevier

Back to top
SOURCE Elsevier
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Leading Chicago Insurance Company, JMW & Sons, Introduces Online Tool for Customized Health Plan Quotes
2. CustomerCentric Selling Helps BCC Software Dramatically Boost Sales Performance and Produce Record Results
3. Launches Features to Customize Allergy Information - Top Allergy Web Site Provides ZIP-specific Allergy Information and Diary to Track Symptoms
4. Agility Consulting Partners with pan (Performance Assessment Network) to Bring Custom Private Label Assessment Capability to Human Resource Professionals and Consultants
5. Oridion Receives Frost & Sullivan's 2010 Customer Value Enhancement Award
6. Enovate Announces New Customizable Enovate Lite Medical Cart Series
7. Receives Award for Customer Trust
8. CustomerCentric Selling and Kadient Announce Joint Event in Boston to Launch Strategic Partnership for Sales Enablement and Improvement
9. RadioShack Customers Donate $1.3 Million to LIVESTRONG
10. MetricStream Achieves Record Revenue Growth in 2009 with Global Customer Adoption of its Enterprise GRC Platform and Solutions
11. Edgewood Partners Insurance Center Enhances Customer Support And Streamlines Processes Using Sofrront CRM
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... OAK BROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) , ... November 25, ... ... sometimes larger and potentially more aggressive than those found on mammography, according to ... cases MRI findings of additional cancers not seen on mammography may necessitate a ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... factory direct sauna parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories help improve the bather ... style and personality. From basic styles for the purist looking for simplicity in ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... According to an article ... being more and more widely heralded as a breakthrough for performing hernia repairs. The ... over traditional laparoscopic surgery is that it can greatly reduce the pain that a ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Crystal Lake, IL (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... pleased to announce a recent successful appellate decision obtained by Attorneys Francisco J. Botto ... the case Adcock v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Comm’n, 2015 IL App (2d) 130884WC. , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Brillianteen, McGaw ... and learning in its 65th Anniversary Brillianteen Revue, scheduled for March 4-6, 2016. ... For 65 years, Brillianteen has been a treasured tradition for numerous families in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... ATLANTA , Nov. 25, 2015 ... the first federal bellwether trial against Wright Medical ... relating to their Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, ... Christiansen.  Following a two week trial and three ... Conserve metal-on-metal hip device was defectively designed and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) today announced that it ... State Attorney General,s Office to end the litigation ... with the Attorney General over the decision of Forest Laboratories, ... the now generic version of memantine immediate release tablets.  Under ... its counterclaims against New York , and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) (TSX: ... and CEO, will discuss corporate updates at the 27 th ... York on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1 ... Relations, and then the link to the event. Participants should ... to visit the site and download any streaming media software ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: