Journal 'conflict' policies vary

Authors writing for most of the top medical journals are required to disclose relationships with industry or other organizations that could pose conflicts of interest, according to a JAMA study. But definitions of what constitutes a reportable conflict are not always specified, and disclosure policies seem to vary widely.

Of 256 “high-impact” journals, 89% reported policies on author conflicts of interest; only 54% required that all authors sign a disclosure statement. Nearly a quarter of the journals gave no definition of what constituted a relevant conflict. Among those that did, the specific requirements for what to disclose diverged greatly.

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