Professionalism & Leadership

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Building a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Tool

Sunday, May 5
4:35 PM - 4:50 PM
Room: Columbus IJ (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : News reports about a prominent cancer researcher’s failure to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) in journal articles led to increased scrutiny of this issue from leadership at our academic medical center. Leadership reached out to the compliance office for information on whether institutional researchers were making appropriate COI disclosures in articles. The compliance office had access to financial relationship information through the OpenPayments database, but was faced with the task of manually checking articles from all researchers with potential COIs. Compliance office personnel reached out to the library for assistance with this task.

Description : The library maintains a database of faculty publications, so was able to provide a quick response to the request from the compliance office. We extracted PMIDs from our database and, using the NCBI E-utilities programs, queried PubMed for COI statements from articles. Since March 2017, PubMed has been including COI statements in article records, when those statements are supplied by the publisher. After meeting with members of the compliance office, the library undertook a project to expand the search and provide a more user-friendly interface. The E-utilities were used to query the PubMed Central (PMC) Open Access subset and search for the COI statements within the full-text XML of the articles. The results of these searches were integrated into an existing library tool for displaying faculty publication metrics, with initial access restricted to the library, compliance office, and senior leadership.

Conclusion : The library’s queried PubMed for articles published in 2017-2018. Of those 7.3% were returned with a COI statement. COI statements for an additional 10.5% of articles were located within the XML of the PMC Open Access subset. The library was therefore able to provide the compliance office with extracted COI statements from 17.8% of articles queried. In order to improve upon this rate, we next plan to use the PMC FTP service to download full-text for the PMC Author Manuscript subset (~10% of PMC articles), and extract COI statements from these articles.

Alisa Surkis

Assistant Director, Research Data and Metrics/Vice Chair for Research
NYU Health Sciences Library
New York, New York

Alisa Surkis, PhD, MLS is the Assistant Director for Research Data and Metrics and the Vice Chair for Research at the NYU Health Sciences Library. She serves as a co-Director for Team Science and leads the Workforce Data Capacity Core within the Biomedical Informatics Program for the NYU Clincical and Translational Science Institute. She is the Data Science Core Director for an NIH BRAIN Initiative funded project on Oxytocin Modulation of Neural Circuit Function and Behavior.


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Ian Lamb

Solutions Developer
NYU Health Sciences Library
New York, New York

Ian Lamb is a Solutions Developer at the NYU Health Sciences Library. He focuses on building friendly and usable library systems.


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