Comments on the proposed ICMJE Disclosure Form

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  • Arvind Minz
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    Date Submitted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 11:04

  • A K M Jamiur Rahman
    Armed Forces Medical College
    Role(s):
    • An author who publishes work in medical journals
    • A health care professional
    Date Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 14:21

    It is easy to understand what the ICMJE Disclosure Form is asking to be disclosed.
    • Yes

    The information collected by the ICMJE Disclosure Form is appropriate.
    • Yes

  • GSK employees compiled feedback
    GSK
    Role(s):
    • An author who publishes work in medical journals
    • A reader of medical journals
    • Other
    Date Submitted: Monday, March 23, 2020 - 07:11

    It is easy to understand what the ICMJE Disclosure Form is asking to be disclosed.
    • Yes
    Comments: Removal of the word “potential” is an improvement certainly and should aid clarity along with asking authors to disclose all relationships/activities - to help avoid the ambiguity around what constitutes a “relevant/potential” COI, and allowing the reader to make the decision aids transparency. We like the idea of providing a checklist of relationships/activities to help authors, this should provide much needed consistency. We have encountered the software problems during author liaison for the previous ICMJE form, so we are pleased to learn that this is being addressed. The notion that journals will start changing the way in which COIs are collected requires more thought. The terminology ‘relation directly related to work’ and ‘topical related to work’ in proposed form seem analogous to ‘Work Under Consideration for Publication’ and ‘Relevant financial activities outside the submitted work’ in current disclosure form. Additional description around ‘topical engagement related to work’ will be useful. Consulting fees is a vast term and it seems there might be some overlap between categories: e.g. if you would hire an external consultant to write your manuscript, you could enter it under: Payment or honoraria for lectures, presentations, speakers, bureaus, manuscript writing, or educational events; Receipt of equipment, materials, drugs, writing, or other services; Consulting fees. The “__yes __no” in the first column is not needed as the headings could immediately indicate that it is a “yes” (e.g. relationship directly related to the reported work) Because when it is a “no”, nothing needs to be entered. This could avoid having to tick each time “yes” or “no”. Might a decision tree better guide the authors through the process. Each “yes” would lead to a standard sentence to be used in the COI disclosure at the end of an article. Suggest to have the form in the 1st page and the legends/instructions in the second one. It might also be useful to encourage listing agency, companies, with name and country at least.

    The information collected by the ICMJE Disclosure Form is appropriate.
    • Yes
    Comments: It is very detailed. I see a value as it guides the authors and help them identify what they should declare. I leave it however up to potential authors to confirm if appropriate. Employment fees is missing from the list; Mention shares? (as these are different from stock options?) The proposed form has specifically identified many relations that can be considered as CoI, which will be helpful to authors.

  • John L. Ghertner MD
    Role(s):
    • A health care professional
    • A patient
    • A reader of medical journals
    Date Submitted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 12:56

    It is easy to understand what the ICMJE Disclosure Form is asking to be disclosed.
    • Yes

    The information collected by the ICMJE Disclosure Form is appropriate.
    • Yes
    Comments: Whatever is changed is not adequate unless or until penalties are proscribed for incomplete reporting. “Forgetting” is neither a protection in criminal or civil law, nor should it be here. If a physician or author is smart enough to publish and to have many other outside connections, then it must be assumed he can keep up with his associations, incomes, etc. Including penalties will surely improve memory. As an internist I have little respect right now for research and the journals that publish it.

  • Leslie Avant
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    Date Submitted: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 15:40

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