Competing Interest Guidelines

A potential conflict of interest exists if

  1. you or your institution at any time received payment or services from a third party (government, commercial, private foundation and so on) for any aspect of the submitted work (including but not limited to grants, data monitoring board, study design,manuscript preparation, statistical analysis);
  2. if you have financial relationships (regardless of amount of compensation) with entities in the field that could be perceived to influence, or that give the appearance of potentially influencing, what you wrote in the submitted work. You should disclose interactions with any entity that could be considered broadly relevant to the work;
  3. if you have any patents, whether planned, pending or issued, broadly relevant to the work;
  4. if there are any other relationships or activities that readers could perceive to have influenced, or that give the appearance of potentially influencing, what you wrote in the submitted work.

Any of the above must be declared to the editor.