According the guidelines of the Association of American Medical Colleges, The Council of Science Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors, Conflict of Interest (COI) in scientific publications refers to “situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator’s professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.”
When a researcher, author, editor, or reviewer has a financial/non-financial interest or belief that could affect his/her objectivity, or inappropriately influence his/her actions, a potential conflict of interest exists. Such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties.
Peertechz requires authors to state all conflicting interests in relation to their work. The manuscript submitted must include a ‘conflict of interest’ section at the end of the manuscript listing all the financial and non-financial issues. Where authors have no conflicting interests, they should mention clearly with a statement such as, “I,
Conflict of Interest relating to Financial Issues:
The conflicting interests related to financial issues include, but not limited to, following aspects:
Receiving reimbursements, fees, funding, or other monetary benefits from any organization or person that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of the manuscript, either now or in the future
Receiving reimbursements, fees, funding, or other monetary benefits from any organization or person that holds or has applied for patents relating to the content of the manuscript
Conflict of Interest relating to Non-Financial Issues:
The conflicting interests related to non-financial issues include, but not limited to, following aspects:
Conflicts related to religion
Conflicts related to academic and intellectual interests
Conflicts related to personal opinion or ideologies
Please note: Authors should ensure that publications are produced in a responsible and ethical manner. The authors working on any sponsored clinical trials or publications, should declare such works under conflict of Interest during submission.
The conflict of Interest policies are formulated to ensure transparency and objectivity in the publications and Peer-Review process. If scholars are uncertain whether their concerns comes under Conflict of Interest (COI) policies, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org