Declaration of Conflicts of Interest
The Journal of Innovation Management (JIM) adheres to COPE's Guidelines on Good Publication Practice which states that:
- Conflicts of interest comprise:
- those which may not be fully apparent and which may influence the judgment of author, reviewers, and editors.
- have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.
- may be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial. “Financial” interests may include employment, research funding, stock or share ownership, payment for lectures or travel, consultancies and company support for staff.
JIM also refers to COPE's resources on 'Conflicts of interest / Competing interests' for handling conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, journals and publishers, whether identified before or after publication.
Author conflicts of interests, where one or more exist, must be declared to JIM, on the Title Page, via the submission process. This includes all financial and personal affiliations with individuals or entities that could potentially exert undue influence or bias on their work. Should no interests necessitate disclosure, JIM Authors must include the following statement on the submission Title Page: 'Declarations of Interest: None'.
Editors must ensure a fair and unbiased double-blind peer-review of manuscripts for publication, and will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from collaborative or competitive relationships with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers. They must disclose relevant conflicts of interest to JIM's Editor-in-Chief who will either handle the manuscript themself or assign it to another JIM editor to manage. If in doubt, disclose.
JIM Editor-in-Chief may also experience conflicts of interest. In such cases they must also declare their conflict of interest, decline the assignment, and hand over to the other Editor-in-Chief, or alternatively, assign it to another handling Editor.
COPE Reference: Recording, 'COPE Forum Discussion Introduction: Editorial conflicts of interest'.
JIM minimizes the risk of reviewer conflicts of interests and instances of bias through its double-blind peer-review process.
Reviewers will also recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from collaborative or competitive relationships with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers. They must disclose relevant conflicts of interest to the JIM Editor-in-Chief who will assign it to another JIM reviewer.