Conflict of Interests Policy


Declaration of Conflicting Interests

LASSIJ is committed to ensuring the disclosure of competing interests in published manuscripts. The author(s) may have a potential conflict of interests that could affect or be seen to affect their manuscript submitted to LASSIJ. Therefore, the author(s) must declare a conflict-of-interest statement during the manuscript submission, enabling a written statement to be recorded within the paginated published article.

A potential conflicting interest arises from relationships, allegiances, or hostilities to particular groups, organisations, or interests that excessively influence one's judgments or actions. The issue is particularly sensitive when such interests are private or may result in personal gain.

Examples of conflicts of interest might include but are not limited to receiving fees for consulting, receiving research funding, being employed by a related company, holding stocks or shares in a company that might be affected by the manuscript, or having received funds or reimbursement for attending a pertaining symposium or talk.

If there are other interests that the reasonable reader might feel have affected the research submitted to LASSIJ, the author(s) must declare it at least before acceptance of the manuscript.

The manuscripts are evaluated with utmost fairness and accepted when competing interests are not declared until necessary by the policy.

The editorial team of LASSIJ does not expect details of the financial arrangements to be disclosed when a competing interest is declared.

The author(s) must check the manuscript submission guidelines of LASSIJ to ensure compliance with the journal's specific requirements. The author(s) are required to certify in the author agreement form that:

  1. All forms of financial support are given due acknowledgement in the contribution.
  2. Any commercial or financial involvement that might present a conflict of interest related to the contribution is recorded during submission.
  3. Any potential conflict of interest will be discussed with the Editor to decide whether its information is to be shared in the manuscript.
  4. The author(s) did not sign any agreement with any sponsor of the research submitted to LASSIJ that prevents the author(s) from publishing both positive and negative results or that forbids the author(s) from publishing the research without prior approval of the sponsor.
  5. The author(s) have checked the LASSIJ manuscript submission guidelines for a Declaration of Conflicting Interests requirement and have complied with the specified requirements.

The author(s) must include such a declaration at the end of the manuscript after any acknowledgements and before the Funding Acknowledgement, Notes (if relevant) and References under the heading 'Declaration of Conflicting Interest'. If no conflict exists, please state that 'The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest'.

The same obligations apply to the editors or guest editors writing an editorial that will be published in the LASSIJ and to the peer reviewers, where applicable.


Last updated: July 06, 2024