Conflict of Interest Policies and Disclosure Requirements Among European Society of Cardiology National Cardiovascular JournalsFernando Alfonso, Adam Timmis, Fausto J. Pinto, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Hugo Ector, Piotr Kulakowski, Panos Vardas Loizos Antoniades, Mansoor Ahmad, Eduard Apetrei, Kaduo Arai, Jean-Yves Artigou, Michael Aschermann, Michael Böhm, Leonardo Bolognese, Raffaele Bugiardini, Ariel Cohen, Istvan Edes, Joseph Elias, Javier Galeano, Eduardo Guarda, Habib Haouala, Magda Heras, Christer Höglund, Kurt Huber, Ivan Hulin, Mario Ivanusa, Rungroj Krittayaphong, Chi-Tai Kuo, Chu-Pak Lau, Victor A. Lyusov, Germanas Marinskis, Manlio F Márquez, Izet Masic, Luiz Felipe Pinho Moreira, Alexander Mrochek, Rafael G. Oganov, Dimitar Raev, Mamanti Rogava, Olaf Rødevand, Vedat Sansoy, Hiroaki Shimokawa, Valentin A. Shumakov, Carlos Daniel Tajer, Ernst E. van der Wall, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Jørgen Videbæk, Thomas F. Lüscher.
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 not systematically nor consistently dealt with by journals. Recent joint editorial efforts paved the way towards the implementation of uniform vehicles for COI disclosure. This paper 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 standardised questionnaire, are discussed.
Key words: Conflict of interest. Disclosure. Editorial ethics. Journals.