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Addressing conflicts of interest and clouding of objectivity: BJSM’s “Peer review: fair review” section
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  1. Karim M Khan1,
  2. Steven D Stovitz2,
  3. Babette Pluim3,
  4. Jill L Cook4,
  5. Roald Bahr5,
  6. Elizabeth A Arendt6,
  7. Timothy D Noakes7
  1. 1
    Centre for Hip Health and Musculoskeletal Research and Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  2. 2
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  3. 3
    Royal Netherlands Lawn Tennis Association (KNLTB), Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  4. 4
    School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia
  5. 5
    Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
  6. 6
    Department of Orthopaedics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  7. 7
    MRC/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Newlands, South Africa

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