Conflict of Interest
Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). Disclosure of conflict of interest is critical in ensuring the creditability of research results for publication. Researchers should not enter into agreements that interfere with their access to all of the data and their ability to analyze them independently, and to prepare and publish manuscripts.
ResearchPublisher requires authors to file a Conflict of Interest (COI) statement with each submission. The CI statement describes the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. Authors are required to explicitly state funding sources and whether the organization that funded the research participated in the collection and analysis of data and interpretation and reporting of results. By filing CI statement with each submission, authors take full and complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
ResearchPublisher (RP) requires reviewers to file a CI statement with each peer review they submit. If COI exists, reviewers are removed from the review process. As a general practice, RP editors avoid selecting reviewers from the same institution as the authors, unless the institution is so large that authors and reviewers are not working colleagues.
As a condition to associated with a RP affiliated journal, editors of all ResearchPublisher journals have agreed not make any editorial decisions or be involved in the editorial process if they have or a close family member has a COI (financial or otherwise) in a particular manuscript submitted to their journal. Editors agree to remove themselves from the decision-making process, if they have political/religious COI or personal COI with respect to the authors or their work. When editors submit their own work to their journal, a colleague in the editorial office will manage the manuscript and the editor/author shall recuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.