Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Potential conflicts of interest arise when there are financial, personal or professional conditions, which can influence the scientific judgments of a reviewer or editor and, as a consequence, on the decision of the Editorial Board concerning the publication of the article. The Journal presumes that by submitting a paper the author states that: all forms of financial support are acknowledged in the submitted article; there are no commercial, financial, personal, professional involvements that might present an appearance of a conflict of interest related to the submitted article. Otherwise, the author should make an explicit declaration of possible conflicting interests in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript. If there is a conflict of interests, authors may also suggest excluding any specific editors or reviewers from the peer review of their article. Editors and reviewers should declare whether they have any conflicts of interests that may influence the judgment of the editorial board. If there is a conflict of interest an editor or reviewer from the author of the article, the article should be transferred to another editor or reviewer, respectively. If the editor or reviewer has conflicts of interest with any of the authors, the article should be transmitted to another editor or reviewer correspondingly. Articles should be evaluated fairly and will not necessarily be rejected when any conflicting interests are declared by any participant of the consideration and reviewing process, because the most important criterion of manuscript evaluation is its scientific quality.