Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 279–287

Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals


    • Clinico San Carlos
  • A. Timmis
    • Department of CardiologyLondon Chest Hospital
  • F. J. Pinto
    • Department of CardiologyLisbon University Medical School
  • G. Ambrosio
    • University of Perugia School of Medicine
  • H. Ector
    • Acta Cardiologica
  • P. Kulakowski
    • Kardiologia Polska
  • P. Vardas
    • Cardiology DepartmentHeraklion University Hospital
  • on behalf of the Editors’ Network European Society of Cardiology Task Force
Special Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12471-012-0277-7

Cite this article as:
Alfonso, F., Timmis, A., Pinto, F.J. et al. Neth Heart J (2012) 20: 279. doi:10.1007/s12471-012-0277-7


Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest (COI) is used by biomedical journals to guarantee credibility and transparency of the scientific process. COI 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 COI-related issues. New insights into current COI policies and practices among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals, as derived from a cross-sectional survey using a standardised questionnaire, are discussed.


Conflict of interestDisclosureEditorial ethicsJournals

Copyright information

© Springer Media / Bohn Stafleu van Loghum 2012