Policy on Conflicts of Interest

For Authors
Bladder Cancer requires authors to declare all conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, independent of relevance to the particular manuscript. All authors must separately be named in the Conflicts of Interest statement. If an author has no conflict of interest to declare, include this section with the statement “(Name) has no conflict of interest to report”.

We require that authors use the Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Form from the ICMJE (download it here; see notes below),* to compile a comprehensive Conflicts of Interest statement, mentioning Conflicts of Interest for every author, and include this statement in the submitted manuscript.

It is the responsibility of the authors to compile this statement based on the separate forms, using the feature the form provides to generate a disclosure statement per individual author. Please return the forms to us upon submission together with the manuscript via the Editorial Manager portal.

*Notes: To download this form, please allow "pop-ups". Save the file and open with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For Referees
Bladder Cancer requires that referees with conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, declare them when submitting their report and recuse themselves when there is a conflict that may impact a fair and impartial review.

Examples
Financial conflicts of interest:
These can include any financial relationship between the authors and any organization that may have a financial interest in their research or financial interests on the part of the authors themselves. This can include, but is not limited to, employment, stocks or shares, patents, research funding, travel or other expenses, lecture fees, or goods or services. Authors should disclose any such relationships: past 3 years, present or anticipated along with any role these organizations may have had in the design, execution or presentation of the study. These can also include financial interests on the part of the authors themselves, such as stocks or shares, patents, or other forms of financial gain.

Non-financial conflicts of interest:
These can include any relationship between the authors and any person or organization that could reasonably be seen to compromise (or impact) the impartiality of the authors of an article. This can include, but is not limited to benefits to relatives, close friends or associates, or organizations that the author has an unpaid relationship with (such as consulting or advisory roles, or providing administrative assistance).