Ethical Guidelines for International Journal of Medical and Biomedical Studies (IJMBS)
International Journal of Medical and Biomedical Studies (IJMBS) publish peer-reviewed manuscripts based on the novelty, clarity, and significance as relevant to a better understanding of the biological sciences. The publish articles in IJMBS is a direct reflection of the authors hard work and their institute prestige and cooperation. It is therefore necessary for the author, editors, reviewers and publisher to meet the standard of the expected publication ethics and performed ethical behavior. Manuscript Central India as a Publisher of International Journal of Medical and Biomedical Studies (IJMBS) takes the duties of monitoring ethical guideline at all the stages of publication. Publisher is fully committed to ensuring that revenue generated from Advertising or APC does not have any impact on the decision on the publication of an article. Again, publication of an article is not contingent upon the author’s ability to pay the charges. Neither is acceptance to pay the handling fee by the author a guarantee that the paper will be accepted for publication.
Publication Ethics for Authors
Authorship credit should be based on the substantial contribution in conducting the study. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor to the study and preparation of the manuscript. Once the manuscript submitted, the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.
Conflicts of interest and financial disclosures
Conflicts may be financial, academic, commercial, political or personal. Financial interests may include employment, research funding (received or pending), stock or share ownership, patents, payment for lectures or travel, consultancies, non financial support, or any fiduciary interest in a company. When any author(s) has such type of financial or personal obligation, it is required to mention such potential conflict of interest along with financial interests and related affiliations (other than those affiliations listed in the title page of the manuscript) relevant to the subject of their manuscript. For all accepted manuscripts, author must declare such conflicts of interest at the end of the manuscript before the manuscript publish. Author without a conflict of interest should include a statement that no such conflicts exist.
Funding / Support and Role of sponsor
All the author(s) who have received financial assistance for carried out research work and publication should be described clearly in an Acknowledgment section of the manuscript.
Data access and responsibility
Regardless of funding source for any manuscript containing original data, corresponding author must indicate in acknowledgement section that he/ she “had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis”. Modified statements or generic statements indicating that all authors had such access are not acceptable.
The acknowledge section should be at the end of the manuscript text but before the reference section. It should includes the list of contributor(s), information on author access to data, conflicts of interest including financial interests and relationships, sources of funding and support like information’s. Authors should obtain written permission from all individuals whose names included in the Acknowledgment section and the corresponding author must confirm that such permission has been obtained in the Authorship Form.
Author should make clear that manuscripts submitted to the journal for consideration of
publication should not be previously publish anywhere either in print or electronic format. Submitted manuscript should not be under consideration by another publication or electronic medium. Copies of related or possibly duplicate materials (i.e. those containing substantially similar content or using the similar data) that have been previously published or are under consideration elsewhere are coming in the plagiarism and such manuscript will be rejected on the first step of publication.
Ethical approval of studies and informed consent
For all manuscripts reporting data from studies involving human participants or animals, formal review and approval, or formal review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee is required. For investigations involving humans, state in the Methods section whatever oral or written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. Editors may request that authors provide documentation of the formal review and recommendation from the institutional review board or ethics committee responsible for oversight of the study.
Ethics for Editor/Editorial Members
The role of Editorial board is most important in publication process, Editor in Chief and members of editorial board is deciding that which article should publish or which should not accept for publication. In Journal of Current Medical Research and Opinion this decision of publication is exclusively based on the academic merits of the evaluated manuscripts. Member of IJMBS editorial should follow below mentioned ethical guideline.
- Editor should strictly follow the guide line of IPR and should not use submitted unpublished information for their personal benefits without author consent.
- Editor decision on manuscripts should be strictly based on the scientific contents and its merits and it should not be influenced by the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
- Any manuscript received by editorial member must be treated as confidential documents and editorial members should not discuss or disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author or its authorized person.The idea or information obtained during the processing of manuscripts must be kept confidential and should not be used for personal benefits. Editor should not consider any manuscript in which they have conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Under such condition editor should declare conflict of interest.
- The idea or information obtained during the processing of manuscripts must be kept confidential and should not be used for personal benefits. Editor should not consider any manuscript in which they have conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Under such condition editor should declare conflict of interest.
- Editor should take misconduct seriously especially when ethical complaints have been received regarding the breach of confidentiality, plagiarism, non-declaration of conflicts of interest or financial discloser, or inappropriate use of confidential material, or delay of peer review for competitive advantage.
Guide line for Reviewers
Ethical Guidelines for reviewers
- All the reviewers are requested that before accepting to review a manuscript they should ensure the following:
i. The manuscript is within their area of expertise.
ii. They can dedicate the appropriate time to conduct a critical review of the manuscript.
- All the reviewers should declare their conflict of interest and can decline the review if conflicts exist.
- The Journal of Current Medical Research and Opinion follow the blind review process so the manuscript and the review process should remain confidential during and after the review process. Reviewers should ensure it on their part.
- Review of a manuscript should be fair so reviews should be honest and should not influenced by:-
i. The origin of the manuscript
ii. Religious, political or cultural viewpoint of the author
iii. Gender, race, ethnicity or citizenry of the author
- In evaluating a manuscript, reviewers should focus on the criteria decided by Journal of Current Medical Research and Opinion
- Reviewers should only accept manuscript that they are confident that they can dedicate appropriate time in reviewing. Thus, reviewers should review and return manuscripts in a timely manner.