Initiatives - Journal Editor Perspective

The Ten Recommendations for Closing the Credibility Gap in Reporting Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research initiative was launched in 2010 . Five years later, MPIP conducted a benchmark survey of journal editors in an effort to gauge whether industry and society efforts to improve transparency and credibility of industry-sponsored publications had changed journal editor perceptions



MPIP sent an electronic survey of 23 questions to 6,013 journal editors. Primary endpoints were journal editors’ perceptions of the change in transparency, and credibility, of industry-sponsored clinical trial publications.

Journal editors who saw an improvement in transparency were asked to evaluate 8 “publication best practices” to determine the impact of each publication best practice on the change. Publication best practices requiring additional attention were identified.

Publications and Presentations

Portions of these results were presented as a poster at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP); April 11-13, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA. The full survey results will be submitted for publication in the near future.

Journal Editor Survey Abstract

Mooney LA, Fay L, De Castro B, et al. Transparency and credibility of industry-sponsored clinical trial publications: a survey of journal editors. CMRO. 2016;32(S1):S13.

View the Abstract on page S13

Key Takeaways

The survey results indicate progress has been made in improving journal editor perception of transparency and credibility of industry-sponsored clinical trial publications.

The majority of surveyed editors perceived an improvement in transparency and credibility over the past 5 years.

Among those who perceived an improvement in transparency, key contributors included disclosure of study sponsorship, registration and posting of clinical trial results, and disclosure of potential author conflict of interest.

Nevertheless, several areas of unmet need have been identified for future attention.


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