If the corresponding author (or author’s institution), reviewer or the editor has (direct) financial, professional or personal relationships with people or organizations that may inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions, that shall be considered as Competing Interest. When the work of these people is influenced by the aforementioned external factors, it will be difficult for the readers to assess the objectivity, integrity or perceived conflict of interest of a publication. In the case of Authors, competing interests would arise when his/her investigation, interpretation of data or presentation of the gathered information may be influenced with other people or organizations due to their personal or financial relationship. Inquest finds it important to maintain sheer clarity of competing interests, which will allow the readers to better evaluate the likelihood of such bias. Inquest required the author(s), reviewer and editor to declare the below statement while considering any manuscript for publication.
All the authors must declare all their relevant financial or non-financial, professional or personal competing interests for consideration while they submit their work of manuscript.
The reviewers must declare their own financial or non-financial, professional or personal competing interests. Inquest trusts that the editors shall (if necessary) exclude themselves from involving in the assessment of the a particular manuscript.
The editors must declare their own financial or non-financial, professional or personal competing interests. Inquest trusts that the editors shall (if necessary) disqualify themselves from involving in the assessment of the manuscript.
For guidance, it is suggested authors and editors consult the NSF’s Conflict of Interest Policies.