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A. Jay Block, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Gainesville, FL 
 ,  Dr. Block is Editor-in-Chief, CHEST, and Emenitus Professor of Medicine, University of Florida.

Correspondence to: A. Jay Block, MD, FCCP, Seagle Building, Suite 408, 408 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601



Chest. 2000;117(4):927-928. doi:10.1378/chest.117.4.927
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It has come to my attention that many people and many organizations feel that the publication of supplements demeans a journal. Support by pharmaceutical companies for the publication of symposia that boost their own product raises concerns on the parts of both readers and editors. The reputations of certain journals have been tarnished by their publication of such “paid advertisements.”

CHEST does not publish supplements that tout certain drugs. While it is true that the budgets for supplement publication do enhance the fiscal position of the journal (make money), there is a rigorous review process that precedes the acceptance of a supplement. First, I review the table of contents for pertinence to the readers and for obvious conflicts of interest for the supporting organization. If I approve the program, a peer consultant that I select thoroughly reviews the individual manuscripts. If the consultant suggests changes, we insist that the authors make those changes. Have any supplements been rejected at this stage? The answer is yes. More than one supplement has been rejected because of weak science and/or conflict of interest.

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