I want to submit a research paper to an Elsevier Journal. There is also an invention disclosure associated with this work. I have got the approval of the Technology Transfer Office to submit the paper. Do I need to report anything in the Conflict of Interest statement?

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    Why are you asking here rather than at Elsevier? Feb 17 '19 at 17:00
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    No response from them.
    – yaska
    Feb 17 '19 at 17:02
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    And why do you expect we would know better? Feb 17 '19 at 17:05
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    Because this should be a common enough situation that many would have already been through.
    – yaska
    Feb 17 '19 at 17:08
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    Just do a search of the other papers in the journal for "patent" and copy what they do.
    – user71659
    Feb 18 '19 at 7:04

If you intend to license a patent, this might be a conflict of interest. For example, the interest in getting accurate data might conflict with the interest in getting money from a license.

I recommend disclosure if there is any possibility someone might perceive a conflict of interest.


I have made a quick research about this point and I can now say that the conflict of interest exists if you received any financial support, used resources of a certain association, hold shares, or work for a company that may be influenced by your paper.

If the situation is one of the above-mentioned scenarios, you should state it clearly in the conflict of interest section.

resources: http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/ http://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/declaration-of-conflicting-interests-policy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22937/ http://www.rasayely.com/what-is-conflict-of-interest-how-to-declare-it-and-why/

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