Articles are accepted with the understanding that the author/s have read and understood author guidelines, Plagiarism policy, malpractice statement, privacy statement and other necessary regulations. Authors have followed all guidelines during article preparation and publication process. Authors are liable for all the statements made in their work and should be willing to defend them publicly, if challenged. Authors should prepare the article exactly according to the instructions provided in author guidelines. Articles which do not follow the format and style of the journal may be returned to the authors for re-submission again as per guidelines. The journal reserves the right to make any further formal changes and language corrections necessary in the article accepted for publication. International Journal of Medical science adheres ethical guidelines framed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS:
By submitting article to International Journal of medical science, the author(s) ensure that the article is their own, original work and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. They also ensure that the sources of any ideas and/or words in the manuscript that are not their own have been properly attributed through appropriate citations and/or quotes.
An author should not normally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in multiple journals or publication venues is considered as unethical publishing behavior. If such redundant publication is noticed during evaluation process or after publication then journal may take strict action against authors. Journal may reject / retract the article will information to the head of the organization/ Institution. Moreover, journal can blacklist all authors up to three years time period. Authors should ensure original research, an accurate account of the work performed, accompanied by an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the article. The article should contain sufficient detail and references to understand the basis and background of the work vividly. The fabrication of results and the making of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and may be cause for rejection or retraction of a manuscript or published article.
Where the manuscript reports on commercial software, hardware, or other products, authors must include a declaration at the beginning of the article in which they must either state that no conflict of interest exists or describe the nature of any potential conflict. All sources of financial support for the research should also be disclosed in the article. The author(s) should agree that if the manuscript is accepted for publication in International Journal of medical science, the published article will be copyright protected. The journal allows the author(s) to retain the copyright, but also allows others to access freely, distribute, and display the copyrighted work, and derivative works based upon it, under certain specified conditions.
Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to include any images or artwork for which they do not hold copyright in their articles, or to adapt any such images or artwork for inclusion in their articles. The copyright holder must be made explicitly aware that the image(s) or artwork will be made freely available online. The author names should be listed on the article in order of their contribution to the article, and all authors take responsibility for their own contributions. Only those individuals who have made a substantive contribution should be listed as authors; those whose contributions are indirect or marginal (e.g., colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the work or provided proofreading assistance, and heads of research institutes/centers/labs) should be mentioned in “Acknowledgments” section at the end of the article, immediately preceding the Reference List. The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the article, and that all listed co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to its publication. Where an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in an article of his/hers that has been published in International journal of medical science, he/she has an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the article or retract it as appropriate.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS:
IJMSCI reviewers perform work for the journal on a volunteer basis. Given that most of these individuals are in full-time employment, their reviewing activities for IJMSCI must, by necessity, not be their top priority. Reviewers are free to decline invitations to review particular manuscripts at their discretion, for example, if their current employment workload and/or other commitments make it prohibitive for them to complete a review in a timely fashion and to do justice to the task in the available time frame. They should also not accept manuscript review assignments for which they feel unqualified. Reviewers who have accepted manuscript assignments are normally expected to submit their reviews within two weeks. They should recuse themselves from the assignment if it becomes apparent to them at any stage that they do not possess the required expertise to perform the review, or that they may have a potential conflict of interest in performing the review (e.g., one resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, institutions, or companies associated with the manuscript).
Privileged information or ideas obtained by reviewers through the peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents, and must not be shown to or discussed with others except the Editor, International Journal of Medical Science.
When conducting their reviews, reviewers are asked to do so as objectively as possible, refraining from engaging in personal criticism of the author(s). They are encouraged to express their views clearly, explaining and justifying all recommendations made. They should always attempt to provide detailed and constructive feedback to assist the author(s) in improving their work, even if the manuscript is, in their opinion, not publishable.
Reviewers should identify in their reviews relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s), together with any instances in which proper attribution of sources has not been provided. They should call to the responsible editor’s attention any major resemblances between the article under consideration and other published articles or papers of which they are aware, as well as any concerns they might have in relation to the ethical acceptability of the research reported in the article.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORS:
The Editor has ultimate responsibility for deciding if an article submitted to IJMSCI should be published, and in doing so is guided by the journal’s policies as determined by the IJMSCI editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor may consult with the Associate Editor and other members of the editorial team, as well as with reviewers, in making publication decisions.
The editors will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). They will not disclose any information about the article under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the IJMSCI editorial board members, as appropriate. Additionally, the editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the blind review process by not revealing the identity of the author(s) of a manuscript to the reviewers of that manuscript, and vice versa.
When evaluating an article for publication, in addition to considering standard criteria pertaining to the rigor of the article, the quality of its presentation, and its contribution to humanity’s stock of knowledge, the editors will also seek evidence that ethical harms have been minimized in the conduct of the reported research. They will question whether the benefits outweigh the harms in the particular study’s case. Since IJMSCI welcomes the submission of article from any country, it is necessary to recognize that laws and regulations regarding research ethics and ethical approval vary worldwide. As such, the editors may need to seek clarification in this regard with the author(s) and request that they supply a letter from the relevant institutional ethics committee or board that approved the research.
The editors will be guided by COPE’s guidelines for retracting articles when considering retracting, issuing an expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in IJMSCI. They are committed to working closely with research organizations and institutions in line with COPE’s advice on Cooperation between Research Institutions and Journals on Research Integrity Cases More details on Code of Conduct and guidelines can be found in this link: https://publicationethics.org/resources/