F. Alfonso, A. Timmis, F.J. Pinto, G. Ambrosio, H. Ector, P. Kulakowski, P.Vardas, on behalf of the Editors’ Network European Society of Cardiology Task Force Conflict of interest policies and disclosures in journals.

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest (COIs) is used by biomedical journals to guarantee credibility and transparency of the scientifc process. Conflict of interest 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 COIrelated issues. New insights into the current COI policies and practices among European Society of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Journals, as derived from a cross-sectional survey using a standardized questionnaire, are discussed.

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