It is WMJ policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in the journal. All authors are required to disclose to the readers any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter or content of the article. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or any other corporations or organizations whose products, services, or functions may be related to the subject matter of the article. The intent of the policy is not to prevent authors with a potential conflict of interest from publication. It is merely intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the readers may form their own judgments about the article with the full disclosure of the facts. It is for the readers to determine whether the author’s outside interests may reflect a possible bias in either the article’s exposition or the conclusions presented.
As of October 2009, the WMJ has adopted the use of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Disclosure Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest. To obtain this form, click here. You may fill out the form and save it as a PDF to be submitted with your manuscript.
Please include this form with your initial submission to WMJ.
If you have questions, contact the WMJ editorial staff at 608.442.3800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.