What represents a conflict of interest?
A conflict of interest is anything that interferes or could reasonably be perceived to interfere with the complete and objective presentation, peer review, editorial decision making, or publication of research or non-research related articles submitted to REGEPE Entrepreneurship and Small Business Journal.
Conflicting interests can be financial or non-financial, professional, or personal. Conflicting interests can arise in relation to an institution, organization, or another person.
Declaring all potential conflicts of interest is a requirement of REGEPE and is an integral part of the transparent research report.
Failure to declare a conflict of interest may result in immediate rejection of a manuscript. If an undisclosed conflict of interest comes to light after publication, REGEPE will act in accordance with COPE guidelines and issue a public notification to the community.
What to declare
Everyone involved in the peer review process, including authors, editors and reviewers, and readers, must declare all potentially conflicting interests that occurred within 5 years of conducting the research under consideration or preparing the article for publication.
Interests outside the 5-year period should also be declared if they can be reasonably considered competing according to the definition above.
Financial Conflicts of Interest
Conflicting financial interests include, but are not limited to:
Non-financial Conflicts of Interest
Competing non-financial interests include, but are not limited to:
Who should declare conflicting interests?
At the time of submission, authors should list all competing interests relevant to the submitted research. Examples may include, but are not limited to:
If the manuscript is approved, the corresponding author will subsequently receive instructions on how to sign the Declaration of Conflicts of Interest through the REGEPE system.
Editors and Reviewers
Editors (professional or academic, paid or unpaid) and reviewers should declare their own conflicting interests and, if necessary, disqualify themselves from involvement in the evaluation of a manuscript.
Common reasons for editors and reviewers to refuse the peer review process may include, but are not limited to:
Anyone commenting on articles published on IBJESB Journal must declare all competing interests (financial or non-financial) at the time of posting the comment.
Editorial actions and decisions