Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 457–462

Addressing Ethical Considerations and Authors’ Conflict of Interest Disclosure in Medical Journals in Iran

  • Akram Heidari
  • Seyyed Hassan Adeli
  • Shiva Mehravaran
  • Fariba Asghari
Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-012-9393-8

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Heidari, A., Adeli, S.H., Mehravaran, S. et al. Bioethical Inquiry (2012) 9: 457. doi:10.1007/s11673-012-9393-8
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how ethical approval and competing interests are addressed by medical journals in Iran. In a cross-sectional study, 151 journals accredited by the Publications Commission of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education were reviewed. Data collection was carried out by assessing journal guidelines and conducting structured phone interviews with journal managers, focusing on how ethical considerations and conflicts of interest (COI) are addressed. Overall, 135 of the 151 journals (89.4 percent) examined some aspect of ethical considerations of submitted articles. Authors were required to disclose their financial sponsors by 98 journals (64.9 percent), while COI disclosure was required by 67 journals (44.4 percent). We conclude that the rate of addressing ethical considerations is not far from ideal, but the requirement for COI disclosure needs more attention.

Keywords

Conflict of interest Ethical review Editorial policies Journal article 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Akram Heidari
    • 1
  • Seyyed Hassan Adeli
    • 1
  • Shiva Mehravaran
    • 2
  • Fariba Asghari
    • 3
  1. 1.Ethics, Religion and Medicine Research CenterQom University of Medical SciencesQomIran
  2. 2.Noor Ophthalmology Research CenterNoor Eye HospitalTehranIran
  3. 3.Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research CenterTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran

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