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Editors’ and authors’ individual conflicts of interest disclosure and journal transparency. A cross-sectional study of high-impact medical specialty journals
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    Obstetrics and Gynecology Disclosure of Conflicts of/Competing Interests by Editors
    • Nancy C. Chescheir, Editor-in-Chief American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Other Contributors:
      • James Scott, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus

    Thank you for your recent BMJ Open article,1 which has correctly noted that it is critical for journal editors’ potential conflicts of interest to be publicly disclosed. A limitation of the study is that only the digital version of the journals were considered. Obstetrics & Gynecology has included a conflict of interest statement for the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy or Associate Editors on the masthead of the print journal since the July 2008 issue. The article by Dal-Ré has prompted us to review our digital presence, and the website has since been updated to reflect our long-standing presentation of the editors’ potential conflicts of interest. I thank the authors for highlighting the importance of disclosing potential conflicts of interest but express concern that their work is biased toward the digital presence only.

    1. Dal-Ré R, Caplan AL, Marusic A. Editors’ and authors’ individual conflicts of interest disclosure and journal transparency. A cross-sectional study of high-impact medical specialty journals. BMJ Open 2019;9:e029796. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029796.

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