Conflict of Interest
A Conflict of Interest, exists if a person or institution has a relationship,
personal or otherwise, which has the potential to compromise or in any way interfere
with professional objectivity or judgment in issues related to the relationship.
A Conflict of Interest is actual if a relationship exists, or apparent if the possibility
for a relationship could be inferred. In either case, it is the responsibility of
journal Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, authors and reviewers
to declare Conflicts of Interest, actual or apparent, in order that appropriate
mitigating action is taken.
IJEMR journal has in place procedures by which potential conflict-of-interest information
is obtained from all Editors and Associate Editors on a regular basis; annually,
or upon appointment or re-appointment. Such information includes identification
of editorial service with related or competing journals, institutional affiliations,
identification of frequent collaborators, etc.
Editors, in consultation with IJEMR journal, manage their own conflicts of interest
as well as those of their Associate Editors, staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial
Board members. They maintain a summary of relevant interests (financial, academic
and other kinds) of all editorial staff and members of editorial boards (which is
updated at least annually).
Article submissions from the Editors, Editorial Board members, or employees are
managed so that no details of the review process, other than the anonymous reviews
and decision, are accessible to the Editor or employee.
The author has the obligation to reveal any personal interest or relationship that
has the potential to be affected by publication of the submitted manuscript. Sources
of funding must be acknowledged in the manuscript. All authors must report any financial
interest in corporate or commercial entities dealing with the subject matter of
the manuscript. On behalf of all the authors, the corresponding author has the responsibility
to advise the Editor of an actual or apparent conflict of interest at the time of
submission of the manuscript. Such conflicts will be acknowledged in the Acknowledgement
section of the published article. Authors must also submit corrections if conflicts
of interests are revealed after publication.
A reviewer is entrusted to provide an unbiased assessment of the scientific merit
of a manuscript under review. Any situation or relationship that could bias or be
construed to bias this assessment must be reported to the Editor. These include
personal relations to the authors, concurrent competitive research on the same subject
in the manuscript, or professional or financial ties to an organization with interests
in the subject under review. In such cases where an actual or apparent Conflict
of Interest is disclosed, the use of a review provided or requested is at the discretion
of the Editor.