Conflict of Interest

Updated April 23, 2023

Instructions for completing the form for solving potential conflicts of interest


In accordance with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: writing and editing for biomedical publication (Updated April 2010) the conflict of interest relating to the particular manuscript occurs if one of the participants in the review or publication process: the author, reviewer or editor, has obligations that could affect his opinion (even if this did not actually happen).

Financial relations (for example, related to recruiting, consultations, share ownership, payment of fees and expert opinions), direct or through close relatives - the most common cause of conflict of interest. However, other reasons are possible: personal relationships, scientific and intellectual rivalry.

Public confidence in the review process and the authenticity of published articles is partly dependent on how successfully the conflict of interest problem was solved during writing, reviewing and editing process. The bias in the article can often be detected and eliminated by careful study of the used scientific methods and conclusions. The bias associated with financial relations and their influence is much harder to identify. Participants in the review and publication process should report a conflict of interest. This information should be available to acsess the extent of the impact of this conflict.

All stakeholders should avoid conflicts of interest in any form at all stages of the article preparing process for publication. In the event of a conflict of interest in any form, the person who first found such a conflict should immediately inform the editorial board. The same applies to any violations of generally accepted ethical norms and rules.

The form is filled out and stored in the editorial office in electronic or paper form. Each author sends a separate form and is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.

The form consists of six parts:

  1. Identifying information.
  2. Work in preparation for publication.

This section provides information about the work sent for publication. Have you worked independently from the initial concept and planning to date? Did you receive any resources directly or indirectly (through your institution) to complete the work?

The answer "no" means that you did a work without any financial support from a third party, that is, work was supported at the expense of the institution paying you a salary and the institution did not receive funds from a third party to pay for your work.

The answer "yes" means that you or your organization received funds from a third party for work, such as government support, a charity fund or a commercial sponsor (should be noted).

  1. Financing activities provided outside of presented work.

This section provides information about your financial relationship with people in the biomedical field, which can be interpreted as the impact or could potentially affect the results of the work. For example, if the article describes research conducted in other institutions, the author must indicate all other agencies or departments whose services he used while writing. Does the author or institution receive funding for research over the last 36 months of writing. This information applies only sponsors, such as pharmaceutical companies, foundations and others. State funding sources in this case are not considered. For example, if the State sponsored study in which you participated, and drugs were provided by pharmaceutical companies, you need to specify only the pharmaceutical companies.

  1. Intellectual Property.

This section provides information on patents, licenses, or copyrights at the stage of issuance.

  1. Relationships not covered above.

This section provides information about other relationships or activities that are not listed above that can be perceived by readers as affecting or create an understanding of the potential impact on the results.

  1. Data for the responsible author.

Please, enter your data.