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

Published: 1 August 2018
Author(s): Rafael Dal-Ré, Ana Marušić
Issue: August 2018
Section: Letter to the Editor

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 [1]. There are a number of studies showing that many journals do not fulfil these recommendations [2–4]. 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 [5].