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Table 2 Five key features of a global public registry for researcher conflicts of interest

From: Conflict of interest disclosure in biomedical research: a review of current practices, biases, and the role of public registries in improving transparency

Key feature Description
Enforceability Mandates from publishers, funding bodies, and institutions to require up-to-date details in the registry prior to publication, funding, or as a condition of employment
Transparency A transparent, archived record of changes, including information on the timing and authorship of entry modifications
Interoperability The ability for institutions, companies, and other organizations to push changes into the registry and automatically update researcher records
Taxonomy A consistent taxonomy for describing financial and non-financial conflicts of interest
Automated disclosures The ability to automatically generate statements about relevant disclosures for inclusion in abstracts and published articles according to templates specified by individual journals