13 Apr 2010

Medical journal editors meet in NZ

3:01 pm on 13 April 2010

Editors of the world's leading medical journals are meeting in New Zealand for the first time.

The 20 members of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors begun a two-day closed-door meeting in Queenstown on Tuesday.

The committee includes editors of prestigious publications including the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The New Zealand Medical Journal is part of the group, which includes editors from as far afield as China, India, Norway, Holland, Denmark and Chile.

Christchurch surgeon Frank Frizelle, who edits the New Zealand Medical Journal, says the group, which has been in existence for 31 years, sets guidelines for all medical publishing.

Themes at the meeting will include conflict of interest between researchers and their topics, and the relationship between drug firms and medical researchers.