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Conflicts of interest arising from ties between pharmaceutical industry and physicians are common and may bias research. The extent to which these ties exist among editorial board members of medical journals is not known.

A study aimed to determine the prevalence and financial magnitude of potential conflicts of interest among editorial board members of five leading spine journals. The editorial boards of: The Spine Journal; Spine; European Spine Journal; Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine; and Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques were extracted on January 2013 from the journals' websites. Disclosure statements were retrieved from the 2013 disclosure index of the North American Spine Society; the program of the 20th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques; the program of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society; the program of the AOSpine global spine congress; the presentations of the 2013 Annual Eurospine meeting; and the disclosure index of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Names of the editorial board members were compared with the individuals who completed a disclosure for one of these indexes. Disclosures were extracted when full names matched. Two hundred and ten (29%) of the 716 identified editorial board members reported a potential conflict of interest and 154 (22%) reported nothing to disclose. The remaining 352 (49%) editorial board members had no disclosure statement listed for one of the indexes. Eighty-nine (42%) of the 210 editorial board members with a potential conflict of interest reported a financial relationship of more than $10,000 during the prior year. This finding confirms that potential conflicts of interest exist in editorial boards which might influence the peer review process and can result in bias. Academia and medical journals in particular should be aware of this and strive to improve transparency of the review process. Janssen et al. emphasize recommendations that contribute to achieving this goal 1).


Receiving industry contributions greater than $1,000 is associated with greater scholarly impact among academic otolaryngologists. In a smaller surgical specialty, such as otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, direct industry research support-as well as indirect contributions through the support of educational programs, consulting, and other expenses-potentially impacts scholarly discourse; these findings do not reflect a causal relationship and may require further characterization 2).

Financial Ties between Authors of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Pharmaceutical Companies: an example from Japan 3).

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Janssen SJ, Bredenoord AL, Dhert W, de Kleuver M, Oner FC, Verlaan JJ. Potential conflicts of interest of editorial board members from five leading spine journals. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 4;10(6):e0127362. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127362. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26042410; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4456083.
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Svider PF, Bobian M, Lin HS, Setzen M, Baredes S, Eloy JA, Folbe AJ. Are industry financial ties associated with greater scholarly impact among academic otolaryngologists? Laryngoscope. 2017 Jan;127(1):87-94. doi: 10.1002/lary.26027. Epub 2016 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 27114324.
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Saito H, Tani Y, Ozaki A, Sawano T, Shimada Y, Yamamoto K, Tanimoto T. Financial Ties between Authors of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Pharmaceutical Companies: an example from Japan. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2019 Aug 8. pii: S1198-743X(19)30417-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2019.07.025. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31401175.
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