Conflict of Interest Policy
Conflict of interest Policy
Conflicts of interest- often called “Competing Interests” occur when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests other than the primary objective of the journal such as financial gain that may influence the interpretation of the research result or those of others.
Technical Journal of the Science, Engineering, and Technology requires authors, reviewers, and editors to declare a conflict of interest about the funding source, relationship, and other factors that may affect the judgment on the assessment of the content during the review process.
To ensure that the review process is free of conflicts, the following process must be observed for the declaration of the conflict of interest by each of the entities;
- All authors and co-authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest when submitting their article (e.g. employment, consulting fees, research contracts, stock ownership, patent licenses, advisory affiliations, etc.). Authors are required to declare (within the article and to the Editor-in-Chief) any Conflict of Interest (COI) that may have affected their research or decision to submit to the journal.
Editors should not make any editorial decisions or get involved in the editorial process if they have any COI (financial or otherwise) for a submitted manuscript. An editor may have COI if a manuscript is submitted from their academic department or their institution. Editors are excluded from any publishing decision in which they may have a Conflict of Interest (COI). For example, if an article by a colleague of the Editor-in-Chief is submitted to the journal, the peer review and all editorial decisions will be managed by another editor.
When editors submit their work to their journal, a colleague in the editorial office should manage the manuscript and the editor/author should recuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.
Reviewers are required to declare if they have any Conflict of Interest (COI) that may affect their judgment of any article they review.