As stated on the Bioenergetics Communications' policy, a conflict of interest may be of non-financial or financial nature. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Individuals receiving funding, salary or other forms of payment from an organization, or holding stocks or shares from a company, whose financial situation might be influenced by the publication of the findings;
- Individuals, their funding organization or employer holding (or applying for) related patents;
- Official affiliations and memberships with interest groups relating to the content of the publication;
- Political, religious, or ideological competing interests.
For authors, any conflict of interest is declared at the time of submission and included in the published manuscript. For editors and reviewers, conflicts should be taken into account before accepting an assignment.
Reference: MitoPedia: BEC
Further examples of conflict of interest guidelines
- Some journals have more explicit examples of conflicts of interest, specifically in regard to editors and reviewers.
- Suggestion for BEC: For editors and reviewers, conflicts should be taken into account before accepting an assignment. Conflicts of interest include joint publications or collaborations within the past 5 years. Publications with a consortium are an exception.
(taken from website on 2022-09-23)
- Editors (professional or academic, paid or unpaid) and reviewers must declare their own competing interests, and if necessary disqualify themselves from involvement in the assessment of a manuscript.
- Common reasons for editors and reviewers to recuse themselves from the peer review process may include but are not limited to:
- They work at the same institution or organization as an author, currently or recently
- They collaborate with an author, currently or recently
- They have published with an author during the past 5 years
- They have held grants with an author, currently or recently
- They have a financial relationship with the company who funded the research
- They have a personal relationship with an author that does not allow them to evaluate the manuscript objectively
(excerpt from journal policies on 2022-09-23)
- Handling editors and reviewers will be asked to consider the following potential conflicts of interest before accepting any editing or review assignment.
- Potential conflicts of interest: editors and reviewers
- - Are any of the authors a spouse or significant other, a member of the same family, or a very close personal friend?
- - Review editors should also not be a member of the same family as the handling editor.
- - Are you currently hosting or have hosted a Frontiers Research Topic with any of the authors within the past 2 years?
- - Are you currently collaborating or have you collaborated on a research project or a publication with any of the authors within the past 2 years?
- - Are you currently collaborating or have you collaborated with any of the authors as an advisor or in any other direct supervisory capacity in the past 5 years?
- - Are you currently collaborating or have you collaborated with any of the authors as a student or in any other direct subordinate capacity in the past 5 years?
- - Note: Review editors should not accept assignments if they have a close professional relationship with the handling editor, which in their view could affect the objectivity of the review.
- - Are you affiliated with the same institution as any of the authors? If so, has this resulted in interactions, collaborations, or mutual interests with the authors that would compromise your impartiality in conducting this review?
- - Are you a current member of a committee or department that coincides with an affiliation with any of the authors?
- - Do you have a business or professional partnership with any author?
- - Do you have financial interests or business relations with any organization involved in this research or in the preparation of the manuscript?
- - Do you have any financial interest or competing interests in the content of the manuscript that might affect your ability to perform an objective review?
MitoPedia topics: BEC