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Conflict of Interest Statement, Human and Animal Rights, and Statement of Informed Consent

  Conflict-of-Interest Statement
  Authors are expected to disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, reports of clinical trials and reports on pharmaceutical products or medical devices. All funding sources supporting the work and the institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors should be acknowledged on the title page. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that neither the article nor its essential substance has been or will be published elsewhere before appearing in the Journal of Southern Medical University. Abstracts and press reports published in connection with scientific meetings are not considered as publications. The authors should specifically confirm in their cover letter that there has been no ghost writing by anyone not named as a co-author of the manuscript.

  Human and Animal Rights
  Depending on the nature of the regarding research, manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal of Southern Medical University must contain a statement to the effect that the concerning legally binding ethical standards have been met.
  Reports of animal experiments must state that the "Principles of Laboratory Animal Care" (NIH publication No. 85-23, revised 1985) were followed. Moreover authors may have to state that specific national laws (e.g., the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) have been observed, too.All human studies must state that they have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki. The author hereby declares that the researchdocumented in the submitted manuscript has been carried out in accordance with the above stated ethical standards.

  Statement of Informed Consent
  Patients have a right to privacy thatshould not be infringed without informedconsent. Identifying information,including patients’ names, initials, orhospital numbers, should not bepublished in written descriptions,photographs, and pedigrees unless theinformation is essential for scientificpurposes and the patient (or parent orguardian) gives written informed consentfor publication. Informed consent for thispurpose requires that a patient who isidentifiable be shown the manuscript tobe published. Authors should identifyIndividuals who provide writingassistance and disclose the funding sourcefor this assistance. Identifying detailsshould be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficultto achieve, however, and informedconsent should be obtained if there is anydoubt. For example, masking the eyeregion in photographs of patients isinadequate protection of anonymity. Ifidentifying characteristics are altered toprotect anonymity, such as in geneticpedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distortscientific meaning and editors should sonote. When informed consent has beenobtained it should be indicated in thepublished article.