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Competing Interests of the PLOS Medicine Editors

PLOS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation. PLOS' overall revenues and funding information for 2011 are listed in the PLOS Progress Update 2011/2012 http://www.plos.org/about/what-is-plos/progress-updates/. PLOS Medicine's direct revenue from 2011 is as follows: US $361,171. Income breakdown: US $227,780 in author fees; US $102,500 in sponsored collections revenue; US $25,332 in advertising revenue; US $8,559 in reprint revenue. 2012 revenues and funding information will be available in the summer of 2013.

The PLOS Medicine editors are paid a fixed salary (in particular, their salary is not linked to the number of papers published in the journal). Editors are required to declare all relevant competing interests and do not participate in the review of any paper for which they have a competing interest. The statements below have been updated on February 2013, and relate to activities over the previous 12 months. However relevant competing interests from previous years will also be taken into account when deciding whether it is appropriate for an editor to handle a paper. See the competing interest statements made in January 2012, January 2011, January 2010, January 2009 and January 2008 by the PLOS Medicine editors.

Larry Peiperl

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium.
      • Open Society Foundation covered my travel (from London), meal, and lodging expenses to attend a conference in Berlin hosted by OSF's Access to Medicines Initiative on “Changing the narrative on pharmaceutical drug development, accountability and global health” in November 2013.
    • Accommodation and travel. See above.
    • Fees for speaking. No.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
    • Fees for consulting.
      • I received approximately $400 in stipends for past service on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of the San Francisco Health Plan, a non-for-profit organization that administers managed care programs serving patients with government-funded insurance (MediCal)
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • I am a volunteer faculty member at the University of California San Francisco, with teaching responsibilities at San Francisco General Hospital.
    Stocks or Shares
    • I hold several employment-related retirement accounts including a variety of mutual funds. I do not determine or keep track of the individual companies in which they invest.
    Other competing interests
    No

Melissa Norton

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium.
      • My husband has received reimbursements for costs associated with attending scientific conferences and symposia in relation to his work
    • Accommodation and travel.
      • My husband has received travel and accommodation reimbursement for invited lectures at conferences, symposia, and companies, as well as for serving on the scientific advisory boards of various academic projects
    • Fees for speaking.
      • My husband has received honoraria for speaking at conferences, symposia and academic institutes.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff.
      • My husband's research is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the EU, and the NIH, amongst other government funding agencies.
    • Fees for consulting.
      • My husband leads an academic project that has a collaboration agreement with a bioinformatics company. This agreement results in royalties and fees for services coming back directly to the academic project.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • My husband is a researcher at the European Bioinformatics Institute.
    Stocks or Shares
    • My husband and I both hold mutual fund and retirement fund investments but have no specific information or influence about which companies the funds invests their money
    Other competing interests
    • From September 2005 to November 2010, I was employed by BioMed Central, a commercial open access publishing company.
    • I personally know authors who might submit research to PLoS Medicine.
    • I have donated to charities focused on human and animal welfare.

Margaret Winker

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
    • Fees for speaking. No.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
    • Fees for consulting. No.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • No.
    Stocks or Shares
    • I have a 401K but do not track what specific investments are made.
    • My family has savings invested in mutual and other funds but I do not make the investments or track them.
    Other Competing Interests
    • My financial contributions to charities and organizations include the following: Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oxfam, UNICEF, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Greater Chicago Food Depository, The Night Ministry, Council for Jewish Elderly, Obama for America.

Rhona MacDonald

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium.
      • I have received reimbursement from WHO for the costs associated with attending global health expert meetings, as has my husband.
    • Accommodation and travel.
      • My husband has received travel and accommodation reimbursement for invited lectures at conferences, and we have both received reimbursements from attending WHO meetings. I am reimbursed travel and accommodation for my work as a Trustee with NHS Highland
    • Fees for speaking.
      • Neither my husband or I have received fees for speaking at conferences.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
    • Fees for consulting. No.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • I currently work as a freelance editor for the WHO Bulletin.
    • I am employed as a Trustee for NHS Highland
    • The charity that my husband and I run as volunteers (MCAI) has received a grant from THET and UKAID.
    Stocks or Shares
    • Neither my husband and I have any stocks or shares
    Other competing interests
    • I currently work as a freelance editor for the WHO Bulletin (since 2011)
    • From 2000-2004 I worked as a senior editor at the BMJ
    • From 2006-10, I worked as a senior editor for The Lancet
    • I have previously worked for MSF and Oxfam
    • I run an international medical charity (MCAI) working to strengthen emergency health care systems for babies, children and pregnant women in resource limited settings.
    • I am a non-executive Director of NHS Highland
    • I donate to charities that work to improve healthcare in low income countries (mostly, to MCAI)

Laureen Connell

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
    • Fees for speaking. No.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
    • Fees for consulting. No.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • I am a paid adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology at Farmingdale University, in Farmingdale, NY, USA. I am recused from involvement in the editorial or peer review processes of any manuscripts which may be submitted to PLoS journals by colleagues from Farmingdale University.
    Stocks or Shares
    • My husband and I have several 401k retirement plans. I do not know what stocks these plans invest in.
    Other Competing Interests
    • I may know personally some of the authors who submit articles to PLoS from my editorial work at Genes & Development (2004-2012).

Amy Ross

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
    • Accommodation and travel. My partner has received travel and accommodation reimbursement from Synarc for projects related to his work.
    • Fees for speaking. My partner has received an honorarium from the International Association for the Study of Pain for speaking at a conference.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. My partner and I have received salary from US National Institutes of Health-funded research while working at Omneuron, Inc. (2007-2012).
    • Fees for consulting. No.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine
    • My partner and I have been employed by Omneuron, Inc., a biotechnology company funded by US National Institutes of Health grants. My partner is employed at Synarc, Inc., a contract research organization.
    Stocks or Shares
    • My partner and I both hold mutual fund and retirement fund investments in the USA, but have no specific information or influence about which companies the funds invests their money. I also have retirement fund investments in New Zealand and Australia, but have no specific information or influence about which companies these funds invest their money.
    • My partner has stock in Corning, Inc. I have stock in Netflix, Inc.
    Other Competing Interests
    • From September 2007 to September 2012, I was employed by Omneuron, Inc., a biotechnology company.
    • I have volunteered at University of California San Francisco from 2011.
    • I personally know authors who might submit research to PLOS Medicine.
    • I have donated money to National Public Radio in the US, the Red Cross, and Abilities United.

Paul Simpson

    Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
    • Fees for speaking. No.
    • Fees for organizing education. No.
    • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
    • Fees for consulting. No.
    Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLoS Medicine
    • No.
    Stocks or Shares
    • I have contributed to the USS pension scheme. I have neither specific information nor influence about which companies the fund invests money into. My banks accounts are with UK high street banks.
    • My wife and I have a £500 share in the Horningsea Community Interest Company. The community interest company was set up with the explicit aim of ensuring that a small village public house and restaurant "The Plough & Fleece" was run by and for the community. More information can be found here: http://www.ploughandfleece.com/investing/
    Other Competing Interests
    • From 2003-2006 I held an Medical Research Council funded PhD studentship.
    • From 2007-2011 my salary was funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America.
    • Through previous academic positions I personally know authors who might submit articles to PLoS journals.
    • I have previously donated money to Amnesty International.