Conflicts of Interest

  • Editors have systems for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of their staff, editor and editorial board members.
  • Asian Business Review have a declared process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review. Editors will not make any editorial decisions or be involved in the editorial process if they have or a close family member has a COI (financial or otherwise) in a particular manuscript submitted to Asian Business Review.
  • For example, if our editors have political/religious COI or personal COI with respect to the authors or their work, the editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process.
  • An editor may also be in a COI if a manuscript is submitted from their own academic department or from their institution (if it is small); in such situations, they should have explicit policies, made in advance, for how to manage it.
  • When any editor submit their own work to this journal, a colleague in the editorial office shall manage the manuscript and the editor/author will refuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.

  • All authors will be asked to report their financial COI related to the research and written presentation of their work and any other relevant competing interests.  
  • Asian Business Review will publish all COI (or their absence) reported by authors that are relevant to the manuscript being considered.  
  • In additional to financial COI, policies for authors shall be extended to other types of competing interests that might affect (or be seen to affect) the conduct or reporting of the work.  
  • This journal shall disclose all COIs that they themselves thought were important during the review process.  
  • Declarations will require authors to explicitly state funding sources and whether the organization that funded the research participated in the collection and analyses of data and interpretation and reporting of results.
  • Reviewers shall be asked if they have a COI with the content or authors of a manuscript.  If they do, they shall be removed from the review process.  
  • ​Generally, it is our best practice to avoid reviewers from the same institution as the authors, unless the institution is so large that authors and reviewers are not working colleagues.

How COI will be dealt with by Asian Business Review?  
The Journal may publish all relevant COI disclosures with the publication. Other additional management strategies include for example:
  • Not considering a manuscript further
  • Exclusion of those with COI from the process (e.g., reviewer or editor)
  • Abstaining from decisions where COI might arise (e.g., editors)
  • Investigation by impartial observers