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Conflicts of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals

Alfonso, Fernando; Timmis, Adam; Pinto, Fausto J.; Ambrosio, Giuseppe; Ector, Hugo; Kulakowski, Piotr; Vardas, Panoson behalf of the Editors’ Network European Society of Cardiology Task Force

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: June 2012 - Volume 13 - Issue 6 - p 386–394
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e328354a803
Education in cardiovascular medicine

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest (COI) is used by biomedical journals to guarantee credibility and transparency of the scientific process. COI disclosure, however, is neither systematically nor consistently dealt with by journals. Recent joint editorial efforts paved the way towards the implementation of uniform vehicles for COI disclosure. This article provides a comprehensive editorial perspective on classical COI-related issues. New insights into current COI policies and practices among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals, as derived from a cross-sectional survey using a standardized questionnaire, are discussed.

aChairman Editors’ Network, Cardiovascular Institute, Clinico San Carlos University Hospital, Madrid, Spain

bEditor-in-Chief, Heart, Department of Cardiology, London Chest Hospital, London, UK

cEditor-in-Chief, Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia, Department of Cardiology, Lisbon University Medical School, Lisboa, Portugal

dNucleus Member Editors’ Network, University of Perugia School of Medicine, Perugia, Italy

eEditor-in-Chief, Acta Cardiologica, Department of Cardiology, University Clinic Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium

fEditor-in-Chief, Kardiologia Polska, Department of Cardiology, Grochowski Hospital, Warsaw, Poland

gEditor-in-Chief, Hellenic Journal of Cardiology, Cardiology Department, Heraklion University Hospital, Heraklion, Greece

Correspondence to Dr Fernando Alfonso, Chairman Editors’ Network, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Institute, Clínico San Carlos University Hospital, Plaza de Cristo Rey, Ciudad Universitaria, IdISSC, Madrid, Spain E-mail:

Received 10 April, 2012

Accepted 10 April, 2012

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