Conflicts of Interest
Authors are asked to state any conflicts of interest upon submission and upon acceptance of a manuscript. Examples of conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to, funding, speaker bureaus or advisory board positions, and honoraria. Authors’ Conflict of Interest Disclosure is published with the paper.
Authors are asked upon submission to declare if any potential reviewer should not be invited because of a perceived bias in the review. Authors are also asked to recommend reviewers. These should be people knowledgeable in the field with a doctoral degree or equivalent but with whom the authors have no real or perceived conflict of interest. The journal may not use your suggestions, but the authors’ help is appreciated and may speed up the selection of appropriate reviewers.
JNEB uses a double-blind peer review system. Therefore, the authors are not known to reviewers and vice versa. However, there may be situations where a reviewer recognizes the authors’ work. Where a real or perceived conflict of interest is found, the reviewer should decline to review and may provide a reason.
Board of Editors (BOE)
The COI guidelines for Reviewers are also reflective of the BOE. The BOE is asked annually to declare any conflicts of interest. These include but are not limited to funding sources. Examples of financial interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, expert testimony, royalties, patents, grants, and material or financial support from industry, government, or private agencies. Non-financial interests specifically include positions on advisory boards, positions on BOEs or as an editor of journals competitive with JNEB, and consulting activities. Other interests may include personal or professional relationships, knowledge, or beliefs that might reduce one's objectivity.
JNEB Editors are asked annually to declare any conflicts of interest similar to the BOE. These include but are not limited to funding sources, positions on advisory boards, positions on BOEs or as editor of journals competitive with JNEB, and consulting activities. When an Editor is assigned a manuscript where they believe they have a real or perceived conflict of interest, the manuscript is assigned to another Editor. Manuscripts where an Associate Editor is a co-author are assigned to the Editor-in-Chief; those authored by the Editor-in-Chief are assigned to the Senior Associate Editor or the next most senior Associate Editor. All Editors adhere to the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines regarding conflicts of interest (https://publicationethics.org).