Ethical standards for publication are necessary to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas. JMD Online Publishers supports the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct and aims to stick to its important & ethical guidelines. We expect our authors to comply with, best practice in publication ethics, particularly with regard to authorship, competing interests, compliance with standards of research ethics, falsification and fabrication of data, redundant publication, plagiarism, figure manipulation and dual submission. If we find conclusive evidence of misconduct, we will take steps to correct the scientific record, which may include issuing a correction or retraction.
To qualify for authorship, each author should meet conditions such as a) Has made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data. b) Has drafted the submitted article or revised it critically for important intellectual content. c) Has provided final approval of the version to be published.
Any person who does not meet all three of the listed criteria does not qualify as an author and should not be designated as an author. By way of example, a person does not qualify for authorship by acquiring funding, collecting data, providing technical help or writing assistance or generally supervising the research group. When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship and editors will ask these individuals to complete journal-specific author and conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name.
In the case of publications with multiple authors, one author should be designated as the corresponding author. The corresponding author assumes overall responsibility for the manuscript, and also often serves as the managerial and corresponding author, as well as providing a significant contribution to the research effort. The corresponding author acts as the point of contact between all co-authors and JMD both before and after publication. The corresponding author is required to provide current e-mail addresses of all coauthors in the cc section of the e-mail during manuscript submission
Submissions will be considered for publication in JMD Journals if they are submitted solely to us and do not overlap substantially with a published article. Any manuscript that has similar or near similar hypothesis, sample characteristics, methodology, results, and conclusions to a manuscript currently in review or press or a published article is a duplicate article and is prohibited.
A proportion of manuscripts submitted to the JMD Journals are routinely screened with iThenticate anti-plagiarism software in an attempt to detect and prevent plagiarism. Any manuscript may be screened, especially if there is reason to suppose part or all of the text has been previously published. Prior to final acceptance any manuscript that has not already been screened will be put through iThenticate.
Editorial process involves strict measures to prevent plagiarism, redundancy of manuscripts, multiple submissions, fabrication and falsification of data.
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Competing interests can be financial or non-financial, professional, or personal. Competing interests can arise when the author’s interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced with other people or organizations by their personal or financial relationship. The author should declare all relevant financial or non-financial, professional, or personal competing interests for consideration during the review process.
Correction & Retraction
Readers wishing to draw the editors’ attention to published work which seriously affect the publication records that require the publication of a correction or erratum on part of the work as amendments. Work requiring correction that need to be made to an already published Journal will be handled in such a way that it does not affect any of the other papers published in that issue. If the correction stems from author error, a republication fee may apply. Corrections due to publisher error will be handled without charge. Corrected versions of the Journal will be made available on the Journal website, as well as all applicable indexes.