Policies on Ethics

 

iJMP believes in the value of maintaining the integrity of the scientific record. The Editorial Board members do the best they can to ensure that published articles follow the best available standards for research. iJMP adopts the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals prepared by the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). iJMP policies on different ethical matters can be found below.

 

Ethical Conduct in Research

For research involving human subjects, human tissue or medical records, the journal requests authors to follow Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (Declaration of Helsinki). Similarly, for research involving animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

In all cases, authors are required to confirm that the relevant Institutional Review Board of Ethics Committee at their institution/country approved their research (or stated that approval was not necessary). They should also state this in the Materials & Methods section of their manuscripts.

 

Conflict of Interest (COI)

All corresponding authors are required to declare any conflicting interests related to the conduct of the submitted research. To ensure best practice is followed on drafting such declarations, authors are required to fill out ICJME’s Conflict of Interest form. This form generates a COI statement based on the answers provided by the author to a given set of questions. This statement will be included in the final published version of the article.

 

Plagiarism

The journal uses Crossref’s Similarity Check service to ensure the originality of the submitted manuscripts. Extensive plagiarism can be a reason for rejecting the manuscript during the initial screening (before peer-review). The manuscript will be checked again for plagiarism in cases where significant changes are introduced by the author during the process of peer-review.

 

Authorship

iJMP discourages any submissions that involve what is known as guest or ghost author. According to ICMJE’s guidelines, each author of a given manuscript should fulfill the all of the following 4 criteria:

"Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
Final approval of the version to be published; AND
Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved."

However, only the corresponding author is responsible for submitting all the relevant details as well as for tracking the manuscript through the review and production processes.

 

Cases of Misconduct

Although not currently a member, iJMP follows the Committee on Publication Ethics’ Code of Conduct. Consequently, the relevant COPE Flowchart will be used to guide the Editorial Board in tackling cases of suspected misconduct. This includes any breach of the rules mentioned above as well as other types of scientific misconduct (e.g. data fabrication, data manipulation, authorship disputes, etc.). In case the article in question was already published, retraction might be necessary.