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Table 5 Characteristics of conflict of interest (COI) disclosure policy (N = 163)

From: Public health journals’ requirements for authors to disclose funding and conflicts of interest: a cross-sectional study

  n (%)
COI disclosure policy
Specific to the journal 125 (77)
Specific to the publisher 8 (5)
Specific to both 30 (18)
Timing of COI disclosure
At the time of manuscript submission 159 (98)
At the time of manuscript acceptance 9 (6)
Unclear 3 (2)
Form of COI disclosure
A narrative statement 149 (91)
ICMJEa Uniform Disclosure Form 24 (15)
Journal form 24 (15)
Publisher form 9 (6)
Modified ICMJE form 6 (4)
A COI disclosure form different from the ICMJE Uniform Disclosure Form 2 (1)
Location of COI disclosure
Online as part of the submission process 96 (59)
In the body of the manuscript 95 (58)
In a file separate from the manuscript (e.g., cover letter) 61 (37)
 Via email sent by authors to the journal 2 (1)
Unclear 8 (5)
Making of COI disclosures publically available
Not clear 82 (50)
Within the published manuscript 81 (50)
In an online form 0 (0)
Upon request 0 (0)
Explicitly states that disclosures will not be made available 0 (0)
Requested COI disclosure related to
Submitted work 137 (84)
Work not related to the submitted work (or outside the submitted work) 7 (4)
Not specified 26 (16)
Effect of COI disclosures on the editorial process described 31 (19)
Authors may be contacted for more details on disclosed COI 18 (11)
COI disclosure may be verified following revision or acceptance 11 (7)
Procedures to verify authors’ COI disclosures described 0 (0)
Effect of not disclosing COI on editorial process described 16 (10)
  1. a ICMJE International Committee of Medical Journal Editors