To exclude cases of publication ethics violation, the conflict of interest of all parties involved in the publication process should be excluded. A conflict of interest arises if the author, reviewer, or member of the editorial board has financial, scientific, or personal relationships that could affect their actions. Such relationships are called dual obligations, competing interests, or competing loyalty.
In order to avoid conflicts of interest, in accordance with the journal ethical standards, the following responsibilities are assigned to each of the parties.
The editor’s responsibilities:
Unpublished data obtained from manuscripts submitted cannot be used in personal research without a written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained during the peer review process and related to potential benefits should be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.
Editors should not review manuscripts in case of conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative and other interactions and relationships with authors.
Editors should regularly publish disclosures about potential conflicts of interest related to journal staff obligations.
The author’s responsibilities:
When submitting an article, the authors are responsible for disclosing all financial or personal relationships that could affect their work. All authors are required to disclose in their manuscripts potential conflicts of interest, that may be perceived as having an impact on the results or conclusions presented in the work.
The reviewer’s responsibilities:
Information or ideas obtained during the peer review process and related to potential benefits should be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.
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