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Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Journals.

Clinico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain, .
Netherlands heart journal: monthly journal of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology and the Netherlands Heart Foundation (Impact Factor: 1.41). 06/2012; 20(6):279-87. DOI: 10.1007/s12471-012-0277-7
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ABSTRACT 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.

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