Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Medical Ethics Journal is published Quarterly by Medical Ethics and Law Research CenterShahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Persian with English abstracts. 

The Journal publishes Original Papers, Review Articles, Systematic Review Articles, Case Reports, Short Communications and Letters to the Editor. Contents include peer-reviewed research papers covering different aspects of Medical Ethics. This journal has successfully published 36 issues (approximately more than 250 articles in total) since 2007 about medical ethics, bioethics, research ethics, nursing ethics, midwifery ethics, spiritual health and related topics.

It is an open access journal, with free access for each visitor (http://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/en-me); meanwhile we have set up a robust online platform and use an online submission system to ensure the international visibility and the rigid peer review process.

The journal staff is committed to a quick turnaround time both in regards to peer-review and time to publication.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original/Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Brief Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Repot

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submissions will be refereed by two reviewers during maximum two weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; include CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. All authors should send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks. 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.

 

Publication Frequency

Medical Ethics Journal, which benefits from an international editorial board, is published Quarterly by Medical Ethics and Law Research CenterShahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

 

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Section A: Publication and authorship

  1. All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper. Reviewers are being selected by Associate Editors and Editor in Chief. Author also can propose reviewers for some journals and article types.
  2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, originality, readability, statistical validity and language.
  3. The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision or rejection.
  4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  5. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
  6. The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  7. No research can be included in more than one publication, whether within the same journal or in another journal.

Section B: Authors' responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal.
  3. Authors must participate in the peer review process and follow the comments.
  4. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  5. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. Level of their contribution also must be defined in the “Authors’ Contributions” section of the article.
  6. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  7. Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  8. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  9. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.
  10. Authors must not use irrelevant sources that may help other researches/journals.

Section C: Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author. No self-knowledge of the author(s) must affect their comments and decision.
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments in 500 to 1000 words.
  4. Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  5. Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Section D: Editorial responsibilities

  1. Editors (Associate Editors or Editor in Chief) have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
  3. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  5. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  6. Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.
  7. Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
  8. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
  9. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers (in half blind peer review journals).
  10. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international accepted ethical guidelines.
  11. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
  12. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  13. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.
  14. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.
  15. Editors must not change their decision after submitting a decision (especially after reject or accept) unless they have a serious reason.


Section E: Publishing Ethics Issues

  1. All editorial members, reviewers and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE.
  2. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  3. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  4. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.
  5. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.

 

Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

 

Plagiarism

We accept all terms and conditions of COPE about plagiarism and in case, any attempt of plagiarism is brought to our attention accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE.

 

New Guidelines For Authors

To improve success rate of publishing articles, authors can have a look at these checklists which will be considered as a checklist by Reviewers in the review process.

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GENERALChecklist for all types of studies

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STROBE

Checklist of items that should be included in reports of cross-sectional studies 
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STROBE

Checklist of items that should be included in reports of case-control studies
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STROBE

Checklist of items that should be included in reports of cohort studies
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STROBE

Checklist of items that should be included in reports of observational studies
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CONSORTChecklist of information to include when reporting a randomised trial
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PRISMA

Transparent reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses
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STARD

Checklist for reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy
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TREND

Non-randomised evaluations of behavioural and public health interventions
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REMARK

Checklist for Tumour marker prognostic studies
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COREQ

Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research: a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups
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REPUBLISHING

Republishing is a case of Plagiarism in our Journals 

Our journals explicitly instruct authors not to submit papers or variations of papers on studies that have already been published elsewhere even in other languages than English. Especially those articles which are published in local journals (with local languages) are not permitted to be submitted in our journals.

 

Copy Right Form

 

Open Access Statement

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

 

Advertising Policy

This journal accepts related advertisements to be introduced in journal website and/or prints.

In order to find out more you can contact us via the e-mail address presented in homepage or the support button.

 

Authorship According to ICMJE

The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data.
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Final approval of the version published.
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their coauthors. 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 listed in an Acknowledgements section. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding, the gathering of data, technical help, writing assistance, and general supervision of the research group does not warrant authorship. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Please guarantee that anyone stated in the Acknowledgements section has granted its clearance for permission to be listed.

Authorship Statement

An authorship statement is required for every manuscript submitted and should state who has contributed what to the planning, conduct, and reporting of the work described in the article.

Acknowledgements

Recognize individuals who provided assistance to the project. Report all sources of grant and other support for the project or study, including funds received from contributors, institutions and commercial sources. Consultancies and funds paid directly to investigators must also be listed.

Authorship Changes

Any change in authorship (i.e., order, addition, and deletion of authors) after initial submission must be approved by all authors. Authors should determine the order of authorship among themselves. In addition, any alterations must be clarified to the Editor/Editor-in-chief.

A sample of Agreement form of change in Authorship can be found HERE.

Competing Interests

A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain - employment, Consultancy, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert- testimony or personal relationship). There is nothing unethical about a competing interest but it should be acknowledged and clearly stated. All authors must declare all competing interests in their covering letter and in “Competing Interests” section at the end of the manuscript file (before the references). Authors with no competing interests to declare should obviously state that.

The policy of publisher is that none of the editors should have any financial relationship with any Biomedical company.

 

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.

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 medical ethics, bioethics, research ethics, nursing ethics, midwifery ethics, spiritual health, health policy and ethics, and other related topics.

How frequently is this journal published?

This journal is published quarterly.

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)

As the responsible organization has supported all of the publishing costs of this journal, article processing charge (Acceptance Fee) and any other publication fees in the journal are free for authors.