Reviewers’ Conflict of Interest

The following situations are considered conflicts and should be avoided:

  • Co-authoring publications with at least one of the authors in the past two years
  • Being colleagues within the same section/department or similar organizational unit in the past two years
  • Supervised doctoral work of the author (s) or being supervised by the author(s)
  • Received professional or personal benefit resulting from the review
  • Have a personal relationship (e.g. family, close friend) with the author(s)
  • Have a direct or indirect financial interest in the paper being reviewed

It is not considered a Conflict of Interest if the reviewers have worked together with the authors in a collaborative project or if they have co-organized an event.