I am pleased to announce that at Ubiquity Press we have released an open source plugin to add a competing interest statement to the submission.
Competing interests plugin for submission form/journal section admin (https://gitlab.com/ubiquitypress/ojs-plugin-competing-interests).
Gathering competing interests from authors on submission is best practice (it is one of the Committee on Publication Ethics’ core practices), particularly in medical journals (see WAME guidelines) - this can be done as a section in the text file, but it is easier to ensure it is present if it is a required submission field - it also highlights any competing interests to the editors, and opens up options for exporting alongside other article metadata (e.g. to indexes).
This plugin has three parts:
- adding a text box to the submission form, in section ‘3. Enter Metadata’, allowing for a Competing Interests statement about the submission to be added.
- adding a check-box to the journal section admin page, allowing for the Competing Interests text field to be made optional or mandatory, on a section-by-section basis. By default it is set to mandatory.
- adding a text field to the submission metadata editing form, in the admin dashboard. When editing the metadata of a completed submission, in the ‘publication’ tab, a text field displaying the Competing Interest text and allowing for editing, is present.
This brings the functionality of the Competing Interests statement to a very similar level to the article Abstract, with the ‘Do not require Abstracts’ check-box, etc.
We are always happy to accept suggestions / bugfixes / improvement / translations!