Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure
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To prevent the information on potential conflict of interest for authors from being overlooked or misplaced, mention this information in the cover letter as well. They also declare in the cover letter if had access to the study data, with an explanation of the nature and extent of access, including whether access is on-going. Authors must identify any potential financial conflicts of interest before the review process begins. Declared conflict of interest will not automatically result in rejection of paper but the editors reserve the right to publish any declared conflict of interest alongside accepted. The following would generally be regarded as potential conflicts of interest:
- Any sources of support for the work, including sponsor names along with explanations of the role of those sources if any in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the report; the decision to submit the report for publication; or a statement declaring that the supporting source had no such involvement;
- Ownership of shares by an author in the company sponsoring a product service evaluated in an article (or in a company sponsoring a competing product).
- Personal consultant for companies or other organizations with a financial interest in the promotion of particular health care products and services.
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Acknowledgement: Authors should acknowledge any scientific, technical, statistical and financial supports. Contributors other than coauthors may be very briefly acknowledged in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared.