Roundup litigation discovery documents: implications for public health and journal ethics

J Public Health Policy. 2018 Aug;39(3):318-326. doi: 10.1057/s41271-018-0134-z.


This paper reviews the court-released discovery documents obtained from litigation against Monsanto over its herbicide Roundup and through Freedom of Information Act requests (requests to regulatory agencies and public universities in the United States). We sought evidence of corporate malfeasance and undisclosed conflicts of interest with respect to issues of scientific integrity. The findings include evidence of ghostwriting, interference in journal publication, and undue influence of a federal regulatory agency.

Keywords: EPA; Ghost writing; Glyphosate; IARC; Monsanto; Roundup.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information / ethics
  • Access to Information / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Authorship
  • Chemical Industry / ethics
  • Chemical Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / toxicity
  • Herbicides / toxicity*
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal*
  • Periodicals as Topic / ethics*
  • Periodicals as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Public Health / ethics*
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States


  • Herbicides
  • glyphosate
  • Glycine