Funders and academic integrity: A look at Juul’s funding of a research journal

July 14, 2021
In a new article from Inside Higher Ed, Elizabeth Redden explores the challenges and ethical concerns surrounding academic journals that accept funding from private companies. Redden describes the case of e-cigarette maker Juul, which funded an issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior and paid to make it open access. The article details the controversy that arose over the articles included in the journal issue, the resignation of several editorial board members, and the failure to inform reviewers about Juul’s role. Yvette van der Eijk of the National University of Singapore explained that “the tobacco industry has a long and well-established history of funding research going back decades” that functions “essentially [as] a PR strategy.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)