Editorial Policies

 | Post date: 2023/05/20 | 

Editorial Policies
Refer to any extra guidelines established by the journal in cases where it is owned by and produced on behalf of a learned society or association.
Before submitting your post, please make sure you have carefully read our regulations to make sure you have adhered to all the guidelines.

COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics
ICMJE - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

According to the organization that approved, financed, or conducted the author's study or scholarly work, all authors must identify their pertinent connections.
Your current institutional affiliation should be stated for pieces that aren't research-related.
The institution where the study was done should be noted under affiliation if your institution changes before your article is published, and you must include a supplemental note to identify your new affiliation.
An independent status should be proclaimed if there is no institutional affiliation.

Any assertion in research or non-research papers needs to be backed up with references to established, current, and pertinent literature.
Citation manipulation can occur when authors join author groups to cite each other's works excessively, and this is seen as misconduct (see COPE guidance on citation manipulation).
It should be ensured that non-research papers use pertinent references and that the linked scholarly articles are examined objectively and fairly without undue bias toward a particular research group, organization, or journal. 
You can ask the journal editorial office for guidance if you have any questions about how to cite a source.
If you want to conform to a journal's data-sharing policy and deposit the data related to your study, you should find.
An independent status should be proclaimed if there is no institutional affiliation.
If you as an author are obligated to submit your dataset to public repositories, you should do so to the appropriate repository and, if one is available, include the accession number in the text.
A research institution can invite you to submit your article to the repository there since a repository is a digital platform for hosting and conserving the outcomes of scholarly works.
A PDF of the VOR should be added to the repository as soon as possible for articles that were published open access in a journal published by Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences; otherwise, a copy of the AOM or the AM should be archived.

Research and non-research articles must cite relevant, timely, and verified literature (peer-reviewed, where appropriate) to support any claims made in the article.
You must avoid excessive and inappropriate self-citation or prearrangements among author groups to inappropriately cite each other’s work, as this can be considered a form of misconduct called citation manipulation. Read the
 COPE guidance on citation manipulation.
If you’re the author of a non-research article (e.g. a Review or Opinion) you should ensure the references you cite are relevant and provide a fair and balanced overview of the current state of research or scholarly work on the topic. Your references should not be unfairly biased toward a particular research group, organization, or journal.
If you are unsure about whether to cite a source you should contact the journal editorial office for advice.

Please read our full citation guidance, including instructions on the sources that should be added to your references list and those that should only be cited in the main text of your article.
Competing interests
All competing interests that are relevant to, or may be considered to be important to, the work must be disclosed by you and all of your co-authors.
 When you (or your company, sponsor, family, or friends) have financial, commercial, legal, or professional contact with other organizations or the persons working for them, which could affect the study or interpretation of the results, this is referred to as having a competing interest.
Financial and non-financial interests can be competitors. You must also disclose any affiliations that might be viewed by others as having a conflicting interest to maintain transparency.
Read our article about conflicting interests. This includes illustrations of competing financial and non-financial interests as well as details regarding the funding of clinical trials.

 Editor Code of Conduct
The journal program of JOHE Group offers a place for reliable, validated research produced by the sharpest brains on earth.
The journal editor is a key player in the advancement of scientific knowledge. They achieve this by:

  1. maintaining and enhancing the caliber of the work published in the journal and the reliability of its peer-review procedure
  2. assisting the authors and reviewers of the journal
  3. collaborating with JOHE and the journal's larger editorial staff to uphold and enhance the journal's reputation.

Our Editor Code of Conduct outlines the minimal requirements for all JOHE editors who are in charge of making decisions about journal material to support this function and help ensure that our journals publish reliable, high-quality information.
Any form of harassment of JOHE's authors, editors, reviewers, personnel, or suppliers will not be accepted.
We anticipate working in a respectful environment, and any harassment claims will be handled in collaboration with the JOHE ethical team and legal staff.
Advice for scientists who are being harassed: As a researcher, you should anticipate that the general public, politicians, and activists will review your findings. However, some scholars who work on controversial or high-profile topics have also experienced internet harassment.
JOHE has assisted the Science Media Centre in creating an updated handbook, which offers advice on how to handle cyberbullying, to assist researchers in coping with these challenges.

Images and figures
Images and figures should only be included in your article if they are helpful and pertinent to the work being reported.
Please abstain from including this kind of illustrative stuff that doesn't advance the scholarly work.

Using third-party material
You are required to obtain the required written permission to include any proprietary text, illustrations, tables, or other material in your article as a warranty in the Journal Author Publishing Agreement you enter into with us. This includes but is not limited to, any data, audio, video, film stills, screenshots, musical notation, and any supplemental material.

Individuals who participated in the development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author should be acknowledged. Organizations that provide support in terms of funding and/or other resources should also be acknowledged.
Changes in authorship

whenever there is a need to make changes in the authorship of a manuscript or a published article, the changes will be implemented according to COPE specifications. Only corresponding authors can request a change in authorship. Request should be made to the editor using the Changes in Authorship Form.
Further reading

ICMJE - Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors
COPE – flowcharts on Changes in Authorship

Submission of Manuscript
Authors should read the “Instruction for Authors” on the journal’s page before submitting. Manuscript should be prepared according to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.
Authors listed on the manuscript should have met the requirements for Authorship specified above. Where possible, specify the contribution of each of the authors.

All authors should approve the final version of the manuscript before submission. Once a manuscript is submitted, it is therefore assumed that all authors have read and given their approval for the submission of the manuscript.
Contact information of all authors should be stated on the manuscript. Surname/Other names, affiliation, emails, and phone/fax numbers.
Declaration of Conflicts of Interest should be stated in the manuscript.
Submission should be made online

Conflict of interest
Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interests that may have influenced the development of the manuscript.
Reviewers should disclose any conflict of interest and if necessary, decline the review of any manuscript they perceive to have a conflict of interest. Editors should also decline to consider any manuscript that may have a conflict of interest. Such manuscripts will be re-assigned to other editors.
Further reading

COPE - flowcharts on Conflict of Interest
ICMJE - Conflicts of Interest

A submitted manuscript is confidential material. Academic Journals will not disclose submitted manuscripts to anyone except individuals who partake in the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted). These individuals include editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors.  However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed to members of the Academic Journals’ ethics committee and institutions/organizations that may require it for the resolution of the misconduct. Academic Journals shall follow the appropriate COPE flowcharts wherever necessary.
Further reading

ICMJE - Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process

Misconduct constitutes a violation of this editorial policy, journal policies, publication ethics, or any applicable guidelines/policies specified by COPE, ICMJE. Any other activities that threaten/compromise the integrity of the research/publication process are potential misconduct. Suspected cases of misconduct will be investigated according to
 COPE guidelines

Corrections, expressions of concern, and retractions
Corrections may be made to a published article with the authorization of the editor of the journal. Editors will decide the magnitude of the corrections. Minor corrections are made directly to the original article. However, in cases of major corrections, the original article will remain unchanged, while the corrected version will also be published. Both the original and corrected versions will be linked to each other. A statement indicating the reason for the major change to the article will also be published. When necessary, retraction of articles will be done according to COPE retraction guidelines
Further reading
ICMJE - Scientific Misconduct, Expressions of Concern, and Retraction
COPE GuidelinesCOPE Flowcharts

COPE retraction guidelines

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