In this case ABMS follows the guidelines of COPE’s Core Practice #4. Conflicts of interest are situations that have the potential to influence people’s judgements. Such situations may affect, or may be perceived to affect, every stage of research, from planning to applying for or allocating funding, conducting a study, interpreting data and reporting research. In publishing, conflicts of interest could influence peer review, editorial decisions and publication management. Declaration of conflict of interest is mandatory for all the authors and will be published with the manuscript. The degree of conflict its extent and recency all should be disclosed in order to achieve the required transparency.