Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

"Emergency" is an international, Open Access, peer-reviewed, continuously published journal dedicated to improving the quality of care and increasing the knowledge in the field of emergency medicine by publishing high quality articles concerning emergency medicine and related disciplines. All accepted articles will be published immediately in order to increase its visibility and possibility of citation. The journal publishes articles on critical care, disaster and trauma management, environmental diseases, toxicology, pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medical services, emergency nursing, health policy and ethics, and other related topics. The journal supports the following types of articles:

  • Original/Research article
  • Systematic review/Meta-analysis
  • Brief report
  • Case-report
  • Letter to the editor
  • Photo quiz

 

Section Policies

Original/Research Article

Editors
  • Saeed Safari
  • Mahmoud Yousefifard
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Editors
  • Saeed Safari
  • Mahmoud Yousefifard
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Brief Report

Editors
  • Alireza Baratloo
  • Saeed Safari
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Editors
  • Alireza Baratloo
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Photo Quiz

Editors
  • Alireza Baratloo
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Editors
  • Saeed Safari
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letter

Editors
  • Saeed Safari
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Editors
  • Saeed Safari
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Peer review helps editors select suitable manuscripts, however, the editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by two reviewers during four weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. Authors better send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be archived.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- Their comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

 

Publication Frequency

All accepted articles will be published continuously from the beginning of 2017 in order to increase its visibility and possibility of citation. Compared to the conventional periodical publication format, in continuous publication, articles will receive a page number and are published continuously immediately after acceptance and proof editing. Therefore, the time interval between acceptance and publication is completely eliminated.

 

Open Access Policy

Since making research freely available supports a greater global exchange of knowledge, "Emergency" provides immediate open access to its content by receiving an article processing charge from the author(s).These fees are used for maintaining a publication infrastructure, managing the journal, and processing the manuscripts (copyediting, layout editing, XML generation, etc.).

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Editorial Independence

The editor in chief makes the final decision regarding publication or rejection of the submitted articles without interference of its owner (Emergency Medicine Department of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences) or economic interests.

 

Reviewer guideline

After receiving a review request Email and going to the submission URL provided in it, 6 easy review steps should be followed:

1. Accepting the review invitation by clicking on "will do the review" and sending or skipping the Email, which will open automatically. 

2. Reading this reviewer guideline.

3. Downloading the manuscript and its supplementary file(s) by clicking on file names (e.g. 9923-36449-1-RV.DOC).

4. Filling the review form by clicking on its icon and saving it. Please note that the review form is only activated once you accept the review request and send or skip its automatic Email. You may make changes to the form at any time before completing the steps (submitting the review to the editor).

5. This is an optional step for reviewers who wish to upload one or more files in addition to the review form.

6. Selecting the final recommendation from the drop down menu and submit it to the editor by clicking on “submit review to editor” button and sending the email that appears automatically to notify the section editor that you have completed the review. Please note that the drop down menu will be activated only when you complete and save the review form. 

 

Ethical requirements and responsibilities

For editor:

The editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

For authors:

- Upon submission, by checking off predesigned statements, author(s) should certify that neither the submitted manuscript nor another one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published in any language or being considered for publication elsewhere.

- Author(s) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.

- In the event that an author is added or removed from the list of authors, written acceptance, signed by author(s), must be submitted to the editorial office.

- Sources of financial support for the project should be acknowledged.

- If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. For those who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the compliance of maintenance and care of experimental animals with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text.

- All relevant permissions to use unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscript author(s) and stated in the text. The names of the original author(s) should be declared. Also, permission must be obtained to reproduce or adapt any figures or tables that have been published previously and declared in the legend/footnote.

- Author(s) should certify that their research study is in agreement with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work; contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right; and is free of any obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material.

For reviewers:

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- Their comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

 

Publication ethics and malpractice statements

Emergency conforms to the international regulations against scientific misconduct including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and etc. Emergency is an official member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) since 2015 and any cases of suspected misconduct will be assessed during the peer-review and publication process based on COPE guidelines.

 

Plagiarism policy

Definition:

When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to 'salami-slicing', which is data segmentation, to adding little new data to the previous article.

Policy:

The editorial team/reviewers of “Emergency” will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) using available plagiarism detection software such as iThenticate. If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, Emergency will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts


 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

All the required information can be found on the web site and most of your questions will be answered in the links provided in the “quick access” side bar on the left side of the page. However, frequently asked questions are listed and answered in this section. If you cannot find the answer to your question on the web site and in the FAQ page, please feel free to contact us.

How can I become a member?

You may go to the “register” tab and fill the form, then click  at the end of the page to complete your registration. A welcome email will be sent to you immediately.

I have forgotten my password, what should I do?

Please go to the login page and click on “forgot your password?” link. A page will open, you should enter the email with which you have registered on the site and press , an email will be sent to you. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.

How do I submit my manuscript?

You need to be a member to be able to submit a manuscript. After making sure that you have prepared your manuscript according to guidelines of the journal, please log on to the web site using your username and password. In your user home page click on “new submission” on the right side of the screen.

I have logged in but there is no “new submission” link in my user home, what should I do?

Click on the “edit my profile” link provided in your user home. Scroll down to the part that shows your roles in the journal. Check the box next to your author role. Now click save at the end of the page. You will be redirected to your user home and will find the new submission link there.

How much does publishing a paper cost?

Upon acceptance, you must pay a publication fee, the amount of which depends on the type of article. You may find the table showing charges for each article type here.

I have been asked to revise my manuscript, how much time do I have?

Authors are asked to submit their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks of receiving the request.

Where should I submit my revised manuscript?

You should log in with your username and password, in your author role you will find a table containing information of your active submission(s). For uploading your revised version (author version) click on the status of your manuscript on the last column of the table. You may browse and upload your revised manuscript in the space provided for this purpose at the bottom of the page that opens.

I have uploaded my revised manuscript but the status of my submission has not changed, what should I do?

The status of your submission will not change after submitting the revised version. However, if you have uploaded the revised manuscript properly (please make sure you click upload after browsing the file), it will be sent to the reviewers. If there is a need for further revision, you will be notified by email.

What is the aim and scope of this journal?

The journal publishes articles on critical care, disaster and trauma management, environmental diseases, toxicology, pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medical services, emergency nursing, health policy and ethics, and other related topics.

How frequently is this journal published?

This journal is published continuously. Compared to the conventional periodical publication format, in continuous publication, articles will receive a page number and are published continuously immediately after acceptance and proof editing. Therefore, the time interval between acceptance and publication is completely eliminated.

How can I become a reviewer for this journal?

Please tick the box next to your reviewer role upon registration. If you are already registered, log in and go to your user home. Click on the “edit my profile” link provided in your user home. Scroll down to the part that shows your roles in the journal. Check the box next to your reviewer role. Now click save at the end of the page.

I have been asked to peer-review an article, what should I do?

The link to the article is provided in your invitation email, all you have to do is click on the link, accept the invitation to review and follow the steps provided on the page and here. If you cannot find the email, you may log in and go to your user home and click on the article title to accept the invitation and carry on with the review process.

Does the journal accept advertisements?

Online advertising will be accepted. For further information please contact us

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

For providing researchers with Open Access and freely available contents, since the beginning of March 2016, publishing an article in Emergency requires payment of an APC that will be billed to the corresponding author following acceptance for publication. These fees are used to cover the costs of providing and maintaining a publication infrastructure, managing the journal, and processing the manuscripts through peer-review and the editorial procedure. No submission charges, page charges, or color charges exist apart from the APC. The fees are demonstrated in the table below:

Manuscript Type
APC for Iranian authors
APC for other authors
Research Article
10,000,000 Rials
$300
Review Article
10,000,000 Rials
$300
Brief Report
7,500,000 Rials
$200
Case Report
5,000,000 Rials
$150
Photo Quiz
5,000,000 Rials
$150
Other types
Free
Free

Emergency offers a waiver of APC to authors based in countries classified as Low-income or Lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank. In addition, if a valuable article is submitted and accepted, the journal will not avoid publishing it for not paying the APC. Therefore, authors who are not able to pay the charge, are encouraged to contact the journal by sending an Email to explain their situation and ask for a waiver and the journal will evaluate the request.

 

Authorship conflicts

Based on the ICJME recommendations "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".

Any change in authorship (i.e. order, addition, and deletion of authors) after initial submission must be approved by all authors via written confirmation, in line with COPE guidelines. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors confirm they agree with the proposed changes. If there is disagreement amongst the authors concerning authorship and a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the authors must contact their institution(s) for a resolution. It is not the journal editor’s responsibility to resolve authorship disputes. A change in authorship after publication of an article can only be amended via publication of an Erratum.