Declarations on Conflict of Interest
In order to exclude cases of violation of publication ethics, a conflict of interests of all parties involved in the process of publishing an article should be excluded. A conflict of interest arises when an author, reviewer, or editorial board member has a financial, scientific, or personal relationship that could affect their actions. Such relationships are called dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties.
In order to exclude a conflict of interest, in accordance with the accepted ethical standards of the journal, the following responsibilities are assigned to each of the parties.
The editor-in-chief of the journal should:
· transfer the text of the article for examination to another reviewer if the initially selected reviewer has a conflict of interest with the author of the article under consideration for publication in the journal;
· request the information about the possibility of competing interests occurrence from all of the participants of the article publishing process;
· make a decision on the publication of information specified in the author's letter regarding a conflict of scientific and/or financial interests, unless it is confidential and may affect the assessment of the published work by the reader or the scientific community;
· ensure the publication of amendments, if information about the conflict of interest was received after the publication of the article.
The Author should:
· provide in the cover letter existing and possible sources of conflict of interest;
· indicate the organization affiliated to the author (one or more) and sources of research funding;
· in case of the absence of a conflict of interest, indicate this in the application for publication.
The Reviewer should:
· inform the editor-in-chief about the existing conflict of interest (dual commitments, competing interests)
· refuse to conduct an examination of the text of the article.