Ethical guidelines for authors (Staff /Student):
Ethics topics to consider when publishing:
- Author must appropriately cite any studies relevant to your work in your manuscript.
- If Author are quoting text from another publication, even if it is your own, you must cite the source and put the words into quotation marks unless they are paraphrased (i.e. put into your own words).
- Author must not submit your manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.
- Author must not submit your manuscript to a new journal while waiting for a decision from the first journal you have submitted to.
- Author must clearly identify any procedures or equipment used that have any hazards inherent in their use.
- If Author have personal or other relationships that might constitute a competing interest relating to the work described in the manuscript, you must declare this.
- To qualify as an author an individual need to contribute substantially to study conception, study design, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. He/she should agree to be listed as an author on the manuscript and approve the version to be submitted to the journal and the final version to be published.
Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.
Acknowledgement of sources: Proper acknowledgment.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.
Fundamental errors in published works: 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.
Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
Use of patient images or case details: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper.