Conflict of Interest Policy

Authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should disqualify themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if they believe it to be appropriate. Conflict of interest for a given manuscript exists when a participant in the peer review and publication process—author, reviewer, and editor—has ties to activities that could inappropriately influence his / her judgment, regardless of whether judgment is, in fact, affected.

Financial relationships with industry (for example, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, …), either directly or through immediate family, are usually considered the most important conflicts of interest. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.

Submission of manuscript by an editor or by author at same institution as one of the editors
or by family member of editor or by author whose relationship with editor might create the perception of bias

The peer review process of above mentioned papers will be handled by one of the editorial board member who does not have conflicts of interest with the authors or paper.