Conflicts of Interest
As part of a series of documents detailing the Society's expectations for ethical
behavior among its authors, editors, and staff, and guidelines for addressing
allegations of scientific misconduct, ASPB has prepared this statement to address
potential conflicts of interest for editors and reviewers. This document is
adapted from "Conflict-of-Interests and Confidentiality Statement for NSF
Panelists," NSF Form 1230P (2/04), National Science Foundation, Arlington,
"Ethics in Publishing: ASPB Policies and Procedures for Handling Allegations
of Author Misconduct" and "Ethics in Publishing: ASPB Policies and
Procedures for Handling Allegations of Editorial Misconduct" can be viewed
- Your Affiliations with an Institution Could Create a Conflict If You:
Your Relationship, Professional or Financial, with an Author Could Create
a Conflict If You:
- Have a known ownership interest of any kind in any entity involved in
- Hold a current membership on a visiting committee or similar body at the
institution. (This is a conflict only for manuscripts that originate from
the department, school, or facility that the visiting committee or similar
- Hold any office, governing board membership, or relevant committee chairmanship
in the institution. (Ordinary membership in a professional society or association
is not considered an office.)
Other Affiliations or Relationships with an Author Could Create a Conflict
- Have a family relationship such as a spouse, child, sibling, or parent,
with an author.
- Have a business or professional partnership with an author.
- Have an association as a thesis research adviser or thesis student with
an author within the past 10 years.
- Have an association as postdoctoral adviser or postdoctoral student with
an author within the past 5 years.
- Have collaborated on a research project or a research publication with
the author within the past 2 years.
Your Interest in the Subject Matter of the Manuscript Could Be a Conflict
If You Have:
- An author is legally your partner, or an author is a relative living in
your immediate household.
- You have any relationship with an author, such as close personal friendship,
that you think might tend to affect your judgment, or create the appearance
or inference of doing so by a reasonable person familiar with the relationship.
- Any financial interest in the subject matter described in the manuscript
or if you have a professional interest (e.g., a manuscript submitted or in preparation
that addresses very similar experimental work) that an observer might reasonably
conclude could affect your ability to offer an objective evaluation.
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Editorial board members should report real or potential conflicts of interest
to the journal's editor-in-chief. Reviewers should report real or potential
conflicts of interest to the editorial board member handling the manuscript.
This document was approved by the ASPB Executive Committee February 26, 2005.