Conflict of Interest Policy

A conflict of interest (or competing interest) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests (including professional or financial interests) that could influence a person’s judgements or actions.

It is the policy of JSS that all authors, peer reviewers, editors, or editorial board members shall state any potential or perceived conflicts of interest prior to participating in any portion of the review or publication process.

For authors, notification of conflict of interest shall be included in the submission process.  Reported potential conflicts of interest by authors shall be noted in the published article.

For reviewers, notification shall be made via email to the editor-in-chief prior to accepting a review assignment.

For editors and editorial board members, the editor-in-chief shall be notified of their editorial participation in other journals with similar aims and scope. Resolution of any potential conflicts of interest will be at the discretion of the editor-in-chief.


Suspicion of an undisclosed conflict of interest should be made to the editor-in-chief via the Ethics Complaints and Appeals process.