Declarations

Conflicts of Interest
ASME requires all authors to declare any conflicts of interests relevant to their work. Conflict of interest might be financial or non-financial. If any personal, financial or non-financial interest interferes with other people or organizations’ interests, authors must declare that. Upon submission authors will be asked to declare conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be declared in the paper. In there is no conflict of interest, the authors will be asked to declare: “The authors declare no conflict of interests.”
 
Informed Consent
Informed consent is a voluntary agreement to participate in research. Informed consent protects the rights, safety, well being and interest of all participants. The Belmont Report and the Nuremberg Code both address voluntary informed consent as a requirement for the ethical conduct of all types of human subject research. All participants must give their informed consent in writing prior to inclusion in a study.

Authors will be asked to declare:
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
 
Statement of Human and Animal Rights
Research involving human subjects must have been conducted according to the Common Rule Authors must adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, particularly where human or animal subjects are involved.

Studies that involve human participants must include a statement that the study has been approved by the appropriate research ethics committee and were performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments.

Authors will be asked to declare:
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

If the article does not contain studies with human participants or animals the authors will be asked to declare:
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
 
 
 
Statement of the Welfare of Animals
Authors should indicate that international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals have been followed and that the studies was approved by a research ethics committee.

Authors will be asked to declare:
All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.

If the article does not contain studies with human participants or animals the authors will be asked to declare:
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Resources:
https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/regulations-and-policy/regulations/common-rule/index.html
https://olaw.nih.gov/policies-laws/phs-policy.htm
 
Funding Disclosure
Authors are required to declare what support they received to carry out their research. If funding was provided ASME offers authors a drop-down list of funders allowing funding information to be included in a standardized way.

If the funding information is not available from the list it may be added manually upon final paper submission.