An Analysis of Toxicology and Medical Journal Conflict-of-Interest Polices

TitleAn Analysis of Toxicology and Medical Journal Conflict-of-Interest Polices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKrimsky, S, Sweet, E
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Volume16
Issue5
Pagination235-253
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
Accession Number44192611
KeywordsConflict , JOURNAL , journals , Medical , Periodicals , PUBLICATIONS , research , TOXICOLOGY
AbstractThe objective of this article is to compare the criteria, specificity, and scope of conflict of interest polices in toxicology and medical journals. The authors studied the COI policies of 47 toxicology and 180 medical journals catalogued in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory for criteria of competing interests, types of submissions covered, monetary or time thresholds for reporting, and penalties for violations. Written COI policies were found in 87% if the toxicology and 84% of the medical journals. The level of specificity for more than 75% of the written journal COI policies for both fields was minimal or practically nil, and the scope of more than 80% of the policies was minimal to narrow. Lack of specificity, high author discretion, and restricted scope were found to be prevalent among COI policies of toxicology and medical journals.
NotesKRIMSKY, SHELDON 1; Email Address: sheldon.krimsky@tufts.edu; SWEET, ERIN 1; Affiliations: 1: Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.; Issue Info: Sep/Oct2009, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p235; Thesaurus Term: CONFLICT of interests; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: TOXICOLOGY; Subject Term: PUBLICATIONS; Subject Term: PERIODICALS; Author-Supplied Keyword: conflict of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: journal policies; Author-Supplied Keyword: journals; Author-Supplied Keyword: medical journals; Author-Supplied Keyword: toxicology journals; Number of Pages: 19p; Illustrations: 5 Charts; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/08989620903190273
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