I have activated that a Competing Interest (CI) statement is shown during the peer review. When a requested reviewer agrees that there are competing interests and comments on it (see screenshot) - how and where is this communicated to the editor? I do not find any information about the reviewer CI on the submission page. How can the editor know about this CI?
When an editor read the review (once it has been completed by the reviewer), there is a section where the competing interest comments will appear:
Hope this will help.
That’s very helpful (especially the screenshot) - thank you very much!
But when the reviewer declines the review because of competing interests - which in most cases she/he should do of course - then the editor does not easily see the CI statement, right? I think, there should be an indication even in cases when the review request is declined.
I just ran a test: once the reviewer check “I may have competing interests…” and specify a reason in the textbox below :
This comment/reason is not recorded into the database (review_assignments.competing_interests) if the reviewer then decline the review request…hence nothing can be shown to the editor.
At best, he/she could add or copy/paste the CI comments in the textbox that will be sent by email to the editors…say after the default text maybe ?.. (shown after clicking “Decline review request”):
I would agree with you that the CI comments/reason should be logged and shown somewhere to the editors even when the reviewer declined the request (that could help prevent some other subsequent irrelevant review requests and/or provide better information/context to the editors).
Thank you for testing!
This is not what I would have expected. Perhaps there are data protection considerations behind this? But at least, a competing_interest flag should be set to 1 and indicate a CI to the editors. Thanks again!
to add to the discussion here: As far as I noticed, the problem is even more grave, as the editors are not even informed about possible competing interests!
I just accepted a review while stating that I may have competing interests. Yet, this is nowhere shown to the editors? Can this be confirmed?
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