Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest can also be known as “competing interest”. A conflict of interest can occur when you, or your employer, or sponsor have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them, that could influence your research.
The corresponding author is expected to obtain the relevant information from all co-authors
When you submit your paper to a journal, full disclosure is required. The journal editor will firstly use this information to inform their editorial decisions. Then they will publish such disclosures to assist readers in evaluating the article or, the editor may instead decide not to publish your article on the basis of any declared conflict of interest.
As corresponding author, it becomes your responsibility to confirm with your co-authors whether they have any conflicts to declare. Such interests should be mentioned in the title page/covering letter of the manuscript.
It is to be notes that as per our fair publication practices, all referees are either asked to decline to review a manuscript if they have a potential conflict or declare any potential conflict.
You can declare the CoI in your cover letter or on the manuscript submission form in the journal’s online peer-review system.
The concerned manuscript shall be duly investigated for the authenticity of the claims. If, during the investigations, the potential conflict of interest is found to be true, the paper shall be duly removed from the website, and deleted from the various repositories and abstracting/indexing services that we have subscribed.