Conflicts of Interest


Authors should recognize a probable Conflict of Interest in their publications. In this situation, authors can still be held accountable for the truthfulness of their work, but they must notify the reader appropriately in the Acknowledgements.

Conflicts include the following:

  1. Having received fees for consulting.
  2. Having received research funding.
  3. Having been employed by a related company where the research was done.
  4. Holding stocks or shares in a company which might be affected by the publication
  5. Having received funds reimbursing you for attending a related symposia, or talk.
  6. Patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization
  7. Critiquing other people’s work

The editorial board and peer review team will take into account declared conflicts of interest and incorporate them in the final paper.

The Journal Editorial team Staff

If editors who make final judgments regarding manuscripts have ties or conflicts of interest that might potentially conflict with the articles under consideration, they should desist from making such conclusions. In order to participate in editorial decisions, additional editorial staff members must disclose to editors any present financial interests or other conflicts they may have and refrain from participating in those decisions. Editorial personnel cannot exploit information they learn from working with submissions for their own benefit. Editors should routinely publish disclosures about any possible conflicts of interest relating to their personal obligations and the obligations of the journal personnel. The same guidelines should be followed by guest editors..

The Peer Review team

When invited to evaluate a paper, reviewers should be questioned about any potential conflicts of interest that could affect their judgment. Reviewers are required to notify editors of any conflicts of interest that could sway their judgment of the manuscript, and they should refrain from assessing any particular submissions if they have a chance to be biased. Reviewers are not allowed to further their personal agendas by using information about the work they are reviewing before it is published.

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