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Uniform format for disclosure of competing interests in ICMJE journals

Jeffrey M Drazen, Martin B Van Der Weyden, Peush Sahni, Jacob Rosenberg, Ana Marusic, Christine Laine, Sheldon Kotzin, Richard Horton, Paul C Hébert, Charlotte Haug, Fiona Godlee, Frank A Frizelle, Peter W de Leeuw and Catherine D DeAngelis
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (9): 475-476.
Published online: 2 November 2009

Introducing a new disclosure form for member journals of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

Disclosure of financial associations of authors of articles published in biomedical journals has become common practice. The information provided in these disclosures helps readers understand the relationships between the authors and various commercial entities that may have an interest in the information reported in the published article. At present, many journals ask authors to report such relationships by completing a form with information about their financial associations. The journals then either post the complete information online or create a summary of the information and publish it with the article in question. Although efforts are underway to establish uniform reporting systems, there is currently no uniform vehicle for the disclosure of financial associations. Thus, authors may provide similar information to different journals in multiple formats. In addition, slight differences between journals in requirements for reporting can lead to confusion, as the same individual may report different information to different journals. With this editorial, which is being published simultaneously in all International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) journals, we introduce a new disclosure form that has been adopted by all journals that are members of the ICMJE. We encourage other journals to adopt this reporting format, and we are placing the form in the public domain.

  • Jeffrey M Drazen1
  • Martin B Van Der Weyden2
  • Peush Sahni3
  • Jacob Rosenberg4
  • Ana Marusic5
  • Christine Laine6
  • Sheldon Kotzin7
  • Richard Horton8
  • Paul C Hébert9
  • Charlotte Haug10
  • Fiona Godlee11
  • Frank A Frizelle12
  • Peter W de Leeuw13
  • Catherine D DeAngelis14


Correspondence: medjaust@ampco.com.au

Acknowledgements: 

This editorial is being published simultaneously in all ICMJE member journals.

Peush Sahni’s affiliation as Representative and Past President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) does not imply endorsement of this editorial by WAME member journals that are not part of the ICMJE.

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