Lege Artis Medicinae

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FENYVESI Tamás

NOVEMBER 30, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(11)

[The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (the Vancouver Group) agreed the following position at its meeting in Chicago last month: most medical journals contain advertising. Advertisements generate income for journal owners, but should not influence editorial decisions. The editor has full responsibility for advertising policy, and readers should be able to clearly distinguish advertising from professional content. Editorial and advertising of the same composition or topic should not be placed next to each other whenever possible. Finally, editors should not refrain from publishing a critique of the advertisement.]

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