A conflict of interest can occur when you (or your employer or sponsor) has a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them, that could influence your research.
Full disclosure is required when you submit your paper to a journal. The journal editor will use this information to inform his or her editorial decisions, and may publish such disclosures to assist readers in evaluating the article. The editor may decide not to publish your article on the basis of any declared conflict. The conflict of interest can be declared on your cover letter or on the manuscript submission form in the journal’s online peer-review system.
Potential conflicts of interest in relation to your submitted manuscript could include:
If necessary, please describe any potential conflicts of interest in a covering letter. All funding sources supporting the work should also be fully acknowledged.
If you are aware of your employer having any financial interest in, or conflict with, the subject matter or materials discussed in your manuscript, please provide additional detail in your covering letter to the editor.
You should also include a relevant disclosure statement with the text of your article, in conjunction with any acknowledgments and details of funders.
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