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In order to uphold the integrity of the peer review process, everyone involved in the research, writing and evaluation of a manuscript—including authors, editors, and reviewers—must declare potential competing interests. Practically, though, the scientific community is relatively small, and it’s not uncommon to know other researchers in your field.

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