A science watchdog group has created a model conflict of interest disclosure linkurl:policy;http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/20080711_a_common_standard_for_conflict_of_interest_disclosure__final_for_conference.pdf that it hopes will be widely accepted by the editors of scientific and medical journals. linkurl:The Center for Science in the Public Interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24056/ (CSPI) unveiled the policy last week in advance of its linkurl:"Rejuvenating public sector science";http://cspinet.org/integrity/conflictedscience_conf.html conference, held in Washington, DC on Friday (July 11). The disclosure guidelines constitute a roadmap to uncovering financial and non-financial linkurl:conflicts of interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24445/ and affiliations among manuscript authors, journal editors, and reviewers. The policy urges full disclosure of potentially compromising financial relationships held by authors up to three years prior to submitting a manuscript. Financial conflicts include direct employment or consultancies with private firms, travel grants or speaking fees, paid expert testimony, membership on advisory boards, pending or existing patents, and stock ownership. Non-financial conflicts, according to the policy, include membership in NGOs that may have a stake in a...

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