Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of Interest Form

By establishing a conflict of interest policy, the journal follows the principles of The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and follows the recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

A conflict of interest arises when there is a personal interest of the author for any reason to distort the accuracy of the information presented in the article.

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.

Having a potential conflict of interest is not in itself an offense. However, hiding it leads to a decrease in confidence in the results of this study and medical journals in general.

Types of potential conflicts of interest, according to WAME:

Financial ties. Receiving financial payment for participating in research or writing a manuscript. Commercial sources of research funding from pharmaceutical companies interested in selling research drugs. As well as any funding from organizations interested in certain research results.

Academic commitments. Participants in the publication process may have strong beliefs that associate them with a specific statement, method or idea. As a result, they may be biased in conducting studies that test accuracy, or in reviewing the work of others that supports or contradicts their beliefs.

Personal relationships. Personal relationships with family, friends, enemies, competitors, or colleagues can cause conflicts of interest.

Institutional affiliations.  A participant in the publication process is directly connected with the institution, which may have a position or interest in publishing for various reasons: the institution’s laboratories are funded by private donors, the institution is the legal sponsor of the test of the drug or device, or has a patent for the device involved in the study, etc.

Before you sign a declaration of conflict of interest, examine in detail all its possible types.

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