Conflict of Interest Statement

Conflicts of Interest Policy:

The conflicts of interest policy provides a framework within which the editor-in-chief, editorial board, and staff of the Journal fahm-i-islam can, with appropriate editorial judgment, address conflict-of-interest issues as they arise. Conflicts of interest is a situation in which person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the author.

Conflicts of interests can be arise in following situations and that must be handled carefully;

  1. Financial ties
  2. Academic Obligations
  3. Personal Relationships
  4. Political or Religious beliefs
  5. Institutional affiliations
  6. Managing Specific Conflicts

If any of the editors or board members feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will declare it to the editor-in-chief. Standard policy in such a case will be for one of the other editors to handle the submission, but the editor-in-chief may use their discretion.

Conflicts in Submission by Authors

All manuscripts for articles, original research reports, editorials, comments, reviews, book reviews, and letters that are submitted to the journal must be accompanied by a conflict of interest disclosure statement or a declaration by the authors that they do not have any conflicts of interest to declare. All articles that are published in the journal must be accompanied by this conflict of interest disclosure statement or a statement that the authors have replied that they have no conflicts of interest to declare. All authors must privately disclose 'ALL their potential conflicts of interest' to the editors of the journal at the time of submission. Authors should also disclose any conflict of interest that may have influenced either the conduct or the presentation of the research to the editors, including but not limited to close relationships with those who might be helped or hurt by the publication, academic interests and rivalries, and any personal, religious or political convictions relevant to the topic at hand.

Submission by family member of editor or by author whose relationship with editor might create the perception of bias

A manuscript submitted by a family member of one of the editors, or by an author whose relationship with one of the editors might create the perception of bias (e.g. in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry), will be handled by another editor. The other editor will select referees and make all decisions on the paper. If in doubt, the editors will consult with one another.

Potential conflict of Interest for Reviewers

Standard policy will be not to use a referee from the same institution as the author, especially if a conflict of interest has been declared, but the editors may use their preference after consulting with one another. In general, it is best to avoid reviewers from the same institution as the authors, unless the institution is so large that authors and reviewers are not working colleagues.

Sources of Funding

On submission, authors will be asked to provide a statement declaring all sources of funding relating to their paper, and the statement will be printed on the title page or at the end of their paper.