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Declarations of interest

Following Research Integrity Editors and/or CoI panel requestTo state noncompliance and plan for updating/revising to become compliant

For reviews:

"Clarification statement added from the Co-ordinating Editor on [date]: This review was found by the Cochrane Research Integrity Editors and/or CoI panel, post-publication, to be noncompliant with the Cochrane conflict of interest policy. It will be updated by [date]. The update will have [a majority of authors and lead author free of conflicts/67% of authors and the first and last author free of relevant financial conflicts - delete as appropriate depending on whether the 2014 or 2020 policy applies]."

For protocols:

"Clarification statement added from the Co-ordinating Editor on [date]: This protocol was found by the Cochrane Research Integrity Editors and/or CoI panel, post-publication, to be noncompliant with the Cochrane conflict of interest policy. When it is published as a review it will have [a majority of authors and lead author free of conflicts/67% of authors and the first and last author free of relevant financial conflicts - delete as appropriate depending on whether the 2014 or 2020 policy applies]."

  • Statement should be added below the original declarations of interest text. Do not delete or overwrite the pre-existing declarations of interest text.
  • Include date in statement to make clear to readers the timeline of changes to the declarations of interests.
  • Italicize the statement to give readers a visual indication that something in this section has changed over time.
  • Include "post-publication" to show that the editors thought that what they were publishing was correct at the time.
  • Include "by the Cochrane Research Integrity Editors and/or CoI panel" to show how noncompliance was drawn to our attention.
  • Reviews: "It will be updated by [date]" could instead read ‘It will be updated within [X] months'. In either instance, it remains necessary to date the statement itself, to make clear to readers the intended timeframe of the update.
  • Reviews: "The update" should be singular –not "future updates", for example.
  • Protocols: “The review is expected to be published by [date]” could instead read “The review is expected to be published within [X] months” or “[X] years”. In either instance, it remains necessary to date the statement itself, to make clear to readers the intended timeframe of publishing the compliant review.

What’s New/publishing event

Following Research Integrity Editors and/or CoI panel requestTo alert readers to statement of noncompliance plan for becoming compliant

For reviews:

"Clarification message from the Co-ordinating Editor added to the Declarations of interest statement about the review’s compliance with the Cochrane conflict of interest policy."

For protocols:

"Clarification message from the Co-ordinating Editor added to the Declarations of interest statement about the protocol's compliance with the Cochrane conflict of interest policy."

  • The DOI link will need to be changed to link to each review/protocol's own DOI section.
  • As in requirements listed in Table 1, the event for reviews must be 'Amended' (no new citation) and the event for protocols must be 'Major Change'.

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