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Is it a competing interest?

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Thanks for taking the competing interest assessment!

Declaring competing interests is essential to supporting trust and integrity in the peer review process. The existence of a competing interest can introduce perceived or actual bias in the submission or peer review process. The appearance of bias during the evaluation can compromise a study down the line–even if the study is perfectly valid.

Read more about competing interests for reviewers.

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