Funder interference in addiction research: an international survey of authors

Miller, Peter, Martino, Florentine, Gross, Samantha, Curtis, Ashlee, Mayshak, Richelle, Droste, Nicolas and Kypri, Kypros 2017, Funder interference in addiction research: an international survey of authors, Addictive behaviors, vol. 72, pp. 100-105, doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.03.026.

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Title Funder interference in addiction research: an international survey of authors
Author(s) Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter
Martino, FlorentineORCID iD for Martino, Florentine
Gross, Samantha
Curtis, AshleeORCID iD for Curtis, Ashlee
Mayshak, RichelleORCID iD for Mayshak, Richelle
Droste, Nicolas
Kypri, Kypros
Journal name Addictive behaviors
Volume number 72
Start page 100
End page 105
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-09
ISSN 0306-4603
Keyword(s) censorship
funder influence
research integrity
vested interests
Summary OBJECTIVE: Scientific research is essential to the development of effective addiction treatment and drug policy. Actions that compromise the integrity of addiction science need to be understood. The aim of this study is to investigate funder (e.g. industry, government or charity) interference in addiction science internationally. METHOD: Corresponding authors of all 941 papers published in an international specialist journal July 2004 to June 2009 were invited to complete a web questionnaire. A sensitivity analysis with extreme assumptions about non-respondents was undertaken. RESULTS: The questionnaire was completed by 322 authors (response fraction 34%), 36% (n=117) of whom had encountered at least one episode (median=3, Interquartile range=4) of funder interference in their research: 56% in Australasia, 33% in Europe, and 30% in North America. Censorship of research outputs was the most common form of interference. The wording or writing of reports and articles, as well as where, when and how findings were released were the areas in which influence was most often reported. CONCLUSIONS: Funder interference in addiction science appears to be common internationally. Strategies to increase transparency in the addiction science literature, including mandatory author declarations concerning the role of the funder, are necessary.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.03.026
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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