Ethics: Conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest (COI) arise when secondary interests, such as financial gain, influence professional judgement regarding a primary interest, such as patient welfare or research results. COI arise from a particular situation and do not imply wrongdoing on the part of the individual. Increasingly journals are requiring COI declarations from authors, so that readers are able to draw their own conclusions regarding the material in the publication. The COI requirements differ between journals, but most journals, including Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology, stipulate exactly what is required of the author.