B – Conflicts of interest policies

Fernando A,Timmis A, Pinto FJ et al. Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals. Heart 2012 Apr;K98(7):e1-7
(doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2012-301875)

This review provides a comprehensive editorial perspective to better understand potential conflicts of interest (COI) disclosure. A survey on the Editors’ Network of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) National Societies Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJ) COI policies and disclosure requirements confirms that this topic is poorly – and not uniformly – dealt with by journals. Further actions are then required to increase awareness of the importance of COI disclosure and to promote appropriate policies.