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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Elyns Group and its journals follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behavior as reported in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. We expect our editors in chief, editors, reviewers and authors to follow the same.

Duties of Editors

Fair play

Editors and editors-in-chief should provide their decision on the submitted manuscript exclusively on the basis of their merit, quality and its significance to the journal’s scope and do not consider the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

Editors should not disclose any information related to the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, potential reviewers, assigned reviewers and publisher.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Editors are not allowed to use the unpublished information disclosed in the submitted manuscript in their research or own manuscripts without the authors’ written consent. If any of the editors or editorial staff find a potential conflict of interest he/she should assign another reviewer for reviewing the manuscript.

Publication decisions

The editors should ensure that all the submitted manuscripts will undergo thorough peer review process and each article will be reviewed by minimum two reviewers of same field. The final decision on the acceptance of the manuscript will be taken by the editor in chief based on the comments of the assigned reviewers and his scientific intellect.

Ethical Concerns

Editor in chief is responsible for the content published in the journal and in conjunction with the publisher will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted/published article even years after publication. The concerns should be studied and dealt according to the flowcharts provided by the COPE. The correction, retraction and express of concern should be published in the journal.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review by the reviewers helps the editor in chief to take decision on the manuscript to accept/reject and the comments provided by the reviewers helps the authors to revise the manuscript which enhances the final quality of the paper.

Promptness

The reviewers who feels unqualified to review the reported research in the assigned manuscript and who don’t have sufficient time to provide the detailed review should decline as a reviewer for the manuscript, so that the editor in chief or editorial office will look after another reviewer.

Confidentiality

The documents received to review should be treated as confidential documents and should not be shown or discussed with other experts in the field without proper permission from the editor in chief.

Standards of objectivity

The review should be objectively provided and the comments are supported by proper arguments and the manuscript cannot be rejected/accepted directly without review comments. Reviewer is not allowed to criticize author personally.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify and provide the details of the relevant work which is not cited by the author. Reviewer should also notify the editor in chief or editorial office regarding plagiarized content in the assigned manuscript with proper links and citations.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Reviewers are not allowed to use the unpublished information disclosed in the submitted manuscript in their research or own manuscripts without the authors’ written consent. If any of the reviewers find a potential conflict of interest he/she should assign manuscript to another reviewer and inform the same to the editorial office.

Duties of authors

Reporting standards

Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work. The manuscript should be supported by sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors should provide the raw data of their work along with the manuscript for review if necessary and this data should be available in the public databases for minimum ten years after publication of their research.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should write the entire manuscript and if he uses any work and/words of other, it should be properly cited in the bibliographic section. Any type of plagiarism (self, direct or mosaic) is not allowed and improper citation of other works will be considered as an offence.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent submission/ publication

Authors are not allowed to publish a research work in more than one journal. Some content can be published in more than one journal as per the guidelines provided in the ICMJE. Submission of a manuscript in more than one journal at same time is considered as an offence and it will be treated according to the flowcharts given by the COPE.

Acknowledgement of sources

Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others and proper citation should be included in the manuscript. Information obtained through confidential sources should not be used without proper consent.

Authorship of a manuscript

The participating authors should meet the following criteria to be listed in the publication.

  • Direct or indirect contribution in the process of planning, designing, implementation, data collection/acquisition and organization.
  • Involvement in intellectual data compilation i.e. documentation, edition, and revision.
  • Indulge in the approval for the submission of final version.
  • Bearing responsibility and accountability for the metadata. Whereas the others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all the authors have gone through the manuscript and accept for submission of the manuscript in the respective journal.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

Any research involved in occasional/intentional/regular usage of animals, human, hazardous mateirlas should get the appropriate approvals from the concerned authorities. The corresponding information such as approval details, name of the relevant ethics committee and the reference number for their judgment should be stated in the manuscript.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Every author of the manuscript should disclose conflict of interest statement along with the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

If author find any errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify the editor in chief or publishers and oblige them to retract the article or to publish an erratum.

Peer review

Authors should cooperate with the publisher in the review process and respond promptly for the review comments and submit the revisions in timely manner.

Duties of the Publisher

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the Editors-in-Chief, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.
The Publisher and the Journal do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its publishing programs, services and activities.