CONFLICT OF INTEREST, HUMAN & ANIMAL RIGHTS, INFORMED CONSENT
Conflict of Interest
Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology – Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology adopts WAME's definition http://www.wame.org/about/wame-editorial-on-coi which states that conflict of interest exists when a participant in the publication process (author, peer reviewer or editor) has a competing interest that could unduly influence (or be reasonably seen to do so) his or her responsibilities in the publication process (submission of manuscripts, peer review, editorial decisions, and communication between authors, reviewers and editors). The types of competing interests that should be declared include financial ties, academic commitments, personal relationships, political or religious beleifs, and institutional affiliations. The conflict of interest is to be acknowledged in the manuscrip in the section of declaration of interest. The editor and the publisher do not guarantee or accept responsibility for the published features or definitions of commercial products. If there is direct or indirect grant support, it should be acknowledged in the section titled "declaration of interest" and should include the full name of the sponsor and grant number. Existence or lack of sponsorship of any kind as well as the type of sponsorship (consulting etc.) has to be acknowledged, as well.
Human and Animal Rights
As made by Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology a rule, when reporting experiments on human subjects, authors has to indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration (revised version in 2000 - (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html)). In relevance to the type of research, approvals issued by local or national ethical commitees have to be uploaded together with the paper in our web site.
Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained. In the case of children and those under wardship or with confirmed insanity, authors are asked to include information about whether the legal custodian's assent was obtained and a letter of affirmation signed by all authors, confirming the collection of informed consents has to be sent to Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Authors have to confirm in the section "Materials and Methods" that study has been conducted in compliance to above mentioned principles, approvals have been obtained from related institutional ethical commitees and informed consents were collected.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed as in "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html).
Collection of informed consent from the legal custodians of cases with confirmed insanity is compulsory for case reports. The Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology only publishes papers with the highest ethical and scientific standards and is not influenced by commercial interests. It is authors' responsibility to ensure compliance to ethical rules.
Secrecy and Confidentiality of Patients And Participants, Informed Consent
Ethical as well as legal considerations require careful attention to the protection of a patient's anonymity in manuscripts of any kind. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, dates, photographs, and family pedigree must be avoided, unless disclosure is allowed by written consent of patient or the legal custodian of the patient. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown in the manuscript to be published. Patient consent should be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. It must be mentioned in the text that informed consent was obtained from the participants.
Especially for case report, identifying information should be avoided as much as possible. Eye masking on photos is not sufficient to conceal the identity of the patient. Authors have to stipulate lack of impact on scientific significance in case of changing the identifying information.