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Publicatuion Ethics

 | Post date: 2017/05/1 | 

Publicatuion Ethics

Publishing an article in an academic peer-review needs various requirements that should be met by different parties. Among these requirements we can point out to the accuracy, trustworthy, ethical considerations in all stages of publication process. In this regard, in addition to the authors, other stakeholders such as the journal editor, peer-reviewers, publisher, and the journal owner have responsibilities to ensure that the journal has achieved the expected ethical standards in all stages from submission to the article publication.

Iranian Journal of Breast Diseases (IJBD) is committed to consider all required ethical standards at all stages of publication process. To do this, we follow-up all standards, rules, regulations, and guidelines provided by related international associations including Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). The following is brief summary of the journal expected responsibilities of the authors, peer-reviewers, editors.

Authorship Criteria
Authors in the Iranian Journal of Breast Diseases Should follow-up the rules based on ICMJE recommendation. According to the ICMJE recommendations authors should have 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.

In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.

All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged—see Section II.A.3 below. These authorship criteria are intended to reserve the status of authorship for those who deserve credit and can take responsibility for the work. The criteria are not intended for use as a means to disqualify colleagues from authorship who otherwise meet authorship criteria by denying them the opportunity to meet criterion #s 2 or 3. Therefore, all individuals who meet the first criterion should have the opportunity to participate in the review, drafting, and final approval of the manuscript.

Authors’ Responsibilities

  • The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process. He/she should respond to editorial queries throughout the submission and peer review process in a timely manner.

  • The corresponding author ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, clinical trial registration documentation, and gathering conflict of interest statements, are properly completed.

  • Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work. Authors must acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources and obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.

  • Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal.

  • Authors must participate in the peer review process and follow the comments.

  • Authors are obliged to provide retractions, clarifications or corrections of mistakes.

  • All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. Level of their contribution also must be defined in the “Authors’ Contributions” section of the article.

  • Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.

  • Authors must notify the Editors of any potential conflicts of interest.

  • Authors are required to disclose all relationships or interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘Conflict of Interest’ section at the end of the manuscript listing all financial and non-financial conflict of interests. Where authors have no conflict of interests, the statement should read “The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.” A competing interest exists when the authors’ interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations.

  • Authors should disclose any financial or non-financial competing interests.

  • Authors should provide the article financial support if there is any.

  • Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.

  • Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.

  • Authors must not use irrelevant sources that may help other researches/journals.

  • Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.

  • When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals have been followed, and that the studies have been approved by a research ethics committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted.

  • When reporting randomized clinical trials, authors should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT statement.

  • For all researches involving human subjects, authors should obtain informed consent to participate in the study from participants. For all manuscripts that include details, images, or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Reviewers are obliged to contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner.

  • Reviewers are obliged to maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. They should not retain or copy the manuscript.

  • Reviewers are obliged to alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.

  • Reviewers are obliged to be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Editor have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.

  • Editor will publish errata pages, clarifications or make corrections when needed.

  • Editor will base his/her decisions solely on the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.

  • Editor will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.

  • Editor encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place in no event.

  • Editor will act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem. The journal policy about handling concerns or allegations about misconduct are available here.

  • Editor will not reject papers based on suspicions; without proof of misconduct.

  • Editor will not change his/her decision after submitting a decision (especially after reject or accept) unless facing a serious reason.

Publishing Ethics Issues

  • All editorial members, reviewers and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

  • The corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).

  • All editorial members and authors must publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.

  • Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data or any other kinds of fraud will be reported completely to COPE.

  • Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, should include a statement that the studies performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by an appropriate ethics committee and it should also be detailed in the manuscript

  • Manuscripts under review or published by other journals will not be accepted for publication in this journal, and articles published in Iranian Journal of Breast Disease are not allowed to be reproduced in whole or in part in any type of publication without permission of the Editorial Board in English, Persian or any other language.
  • Editors should respond promptly to complaints and should ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. This mechanism should be made clear in the journal and should include information on how to refer unresolved matters to COPE

  • Editors should follow the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints.
Revenue Sources
  • The revenue is provided by the Breast Cancer Recearch Center
  • IJBD Journal accepts NO advertisements in the journal website and articles.
Direct Marketing
  • There is NO direct marketing concerned with IJBD Journal.

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