Publication Ethics

The journal adopts the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in dealing with all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. All articles in this journal involving human subjects must respect the principles of research ethics as described in the Declaration of Helsinki and research involving animals must comply with the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research developed by the Council of International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

The Journal of Health Sciences and Epidemiology has adapted COPE to meet high-quality ethical standards for publishers, editors, authors, and reviewers. As an important issue, publication ethics needs to be clearly explained to improve the quality of research worldwide. In this section, we describe the standards for editors, authors and reviewers. In addition, the publisher has no right to interfere with the integrity of the content and only supports to publish in a timely manner.

For Editors

  1. The editor needs to be responsible for every article published in the Journal of Health Sciences and Epidemiology.
  2. Editors have to assist authors to follow the instructions for authors that we adopt from ICMJE.
  3. The editor can communicate with other editors or reviewers in making final decisions.
  4. The editor should objectively evaluate manuscripts for publication, judging each manuscript on its quality without regard to the author's nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, religion, gender, seniority, or institutional affiliation. He/she should decline his/her assignment if there is a potential conflict of interest.
  5. The editor should ensure that documents sent to reviewers do not contain information from authors, and vice versa.
  6. The editor's decision should be informed to the author along with the reviewer's comments unless they contain offensive or defamatory comments.
  7. Editors should honor requests from authors for someone not to review a submitted manuscript if this is reasonable and practicable.
  8. The editor and all staff shall ensure the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts.
  9. Editors will be guided by the COPE flowchart in the event of an alleged breach or authorship dispute.

For Reviewers

  1. Reviewers need to comment on ethical questions and possible research and publication errors.
  2. Reviewers will perform work in a timely manner and should inform the editor if they are unable to complete their work.
  3. Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript.
  4. Reviewers should not accept to review a manuscript that has a potential conflict of interest between them and any of the authors.

For Authors

  1. Authors emphasize that the material written has not been previously published and have not transferred the rights to the article elsewhere.
  2. Authors must ensure the originality of the work and have properly cited the work of others in accordance with the referencing format.
  3. The author must not be involved in plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
  4. Publication of 'Salami' is strictly prohibited in the Journal of Health Sciences and Epidemiology.
  5. Authors need to ensure that they follow the authorship criteria taken from the Journal of Health and Wellness described in the instructions for authors of the Journal of Health Sciences and Epidemiology.
  6. Make the patient's identity recognizable in any form of description, photograph, or pedigree. If photographs of the patient are essential and indispensable for scientific information, the authors have received informed consent in writing and clearly state this.
  7. In the case of human experiments, the authors have declared that the research process has complied with the ethical standards of the declaration of Helsinki, the domestic and foreign committees that head the human experience. If there is any doubt as to whether the research has proceeded in accordance with the declaration, the authors should make this clear. In the case of experimenting on animals, the author has stated that the author has followed domestic and foreign guidelines related to animal experiments in the laboratory.
  8. The authors should provide data and details of the work to the editor if there is any suspicion of falsification or fabrication of data.
  9. Authors shall clarify anything that may cause conflict of interest such as employment, research fees, consultant fees, and intellectual property on the disclosure document form of the Journal of Health Sciences and Epidemiology.