Conflicts of Interest
Editors should be responsible to manage the review process and have the right of declining any submission in case of any conflict of interest. They should not have any direct personal and/or financial conflicts with their assigned manuscripts. They should not be assigned to manuscripts if they are on the author list.
Reviewers should be responsible to decline the review process if any substantial conflicts of interest exists. In case of any doubt, they should consult the Editor to make a decision regarding the review process. Researchers from authors' institutions should not be considered as peer reviewers to prevent any conflicts of interest.
According to the general publication policy of MER, only the researchers who contributed to the work in a real sense should be considered as an author. Authors should be responsible to disclose all the personal and financial relationships which might bias their work. Financial relationships such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony can be classified as the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal. To clarify the conflicts of interest issues, authors must submit a letter to the editorial office accompanying the submitted manuscript and explicitly state if any potential conflicts exist or not.