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Are journals following the ICMJE recommendations complying with conflicts of interest disclosure policies

Published:August 01, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2018.07.025
      The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations (ICMJE-R) asks journals to develop policies regarding the disclosure of conflicts of interest (CoI) for authors, reviewers and editors [
      • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
      Journals stating that they follow the ICMJE Recommendations.
      ]. There are a number of studies showing that many journals do not fulfil these recommendations [
      • Alfonso F.
      • Timmis A.
      • Pinto F.J.
      • Ambrosio G.
      • Ector H.
      • Kulakowski P.
      • et al.
      Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Journals.
      ,
      • Qureshi J.
      • Sud A.
      • Vakil N.
      Funding source and conflict of interest disclosures by authors and editors in gastroenterology specialty journals revisited.
      ,
      • Grundy Q.
      • Dunn A.G.
      • Bourgeois F.T.
      • Coeira E.
      • Bero L.
      Prevalence of disclosed conflicts of interest in biomedical research and associations with journal impact factors and Altmetric scores.
      ]. This is even more important with regards to editors' CoI disclosure. For example, although most US editors received industry payments, only 33% of top-ranked US medical journals have readily available editorial CoI policies [
      • Liu J.J.
      • Bell C.M.
      • Matelski J.J.
      • Detsky A.S.
      • Cram P.
      Payments by US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to US medical journal editors: Retrospective observational study.
      ]. The aim of this study was to assess whether journals listed as ICMJE-R followers state that comply with ICMJE-R CoI policies.

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