IJMDS follows publication ethics guidelines in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscript submitted to Biomedical Journals, 2010.
- Authors should represent data accuratelyand it should contain sufficient detail and references to replicate the works by others.
- Authors may be asked to submit the raw data in connection with the manuscript for editorial review.
- The work submitted by the author should be entirely original and plagiarism in any form is unethical and unacceptable.
- An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.
- Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given.
- Authorship of the manuscript should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
- Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
- If research work involves human subjects or animals then prior approval should be taken from the institutional ethics committee and the author should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines.
- All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.
- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Duties of the Editorial Board
- The editors of Journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
- The editors should evaluate manuscripts on quality basis without any kind of bias.
- The editors must maintain the Confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.
- Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. The editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication.
- The editors should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Duties of reviewers
- Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and may also assist the author in improving the paper.
- If reviewer feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse him from the review process.
- Confidentiality of the manuscripts should be maintained by the reviewer.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively.
- Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
- Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Reviewers should inform the editor regarding relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
- A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author.
- Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest.