Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal of Paramedical Sciences (JPS) is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, international peer-reviewed primary research journal, affiliated to Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

The journal is directed by an Editorial Executive Committee which publishes original research papers, reviews and short communications in a variety of disciplines of paramedical sciences from clinical researches to basic sciences studies.

The full-text of subscribed papers that are accepted for publishing in this journal are available on internet for free. Print version is available to subscribed individuals and the authors will not be charged for manuscript processing and/or publishing.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Articles

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Research/Original Articles

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Review Article

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Case Reports

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Letter to the Editor

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Short Communication

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Peer Review Process

JPS collaborates with a group of specialists for evaluation of the works received in the thematic areas of the paramedical sciences. The submitted articles which are in areas of interest of this journal and are prepared according to our regulations, will be directed by the editorial commission to two specialist reviewers in the knowledge area, and one language expert.

The revised copies of manuscripts will be returned to authors for corrections and justifications. The provided new versions by authors will be assessed and compared to the original manuscripts. If accepted in this stage, articles will be considered for publication in journal. After copyediting, a proof from authors will be demanded by editorial board.

Preliminary decisions will be made on authors' works in less than two months. Authors are advised to adhere strictly to the time tables that will be given to them by this journal during the process of revision.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Reviewer guideline

After receiving a review request Email and going to the submission URL provided there, 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

Responsibilities and ethical requirements:

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 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, and citing 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. Jouranl of Paramedical Sciences conforms to the international regulations against scientific misconduct including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and etc. In the meantime, there is no conflict of interest of the journal’s Editors, Reviewers, and Authors.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statements

JPS conforms to the international regulations against scientific misconduct including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and etc. Any cases of suspected misconduct will be assessed during the peer-review and publication process based on COPE guidelines.

Ethical Guideline

  • Ethical Guidelines

    • Each paper is required to contain adequate details and references in order that it would give others a chance to replicate the work. Falsified and intentional inaccurate statements are regarded as an unethical behavior and are seriously unacceptable and offensive.
    • The authors of the works involving chemicals, procedures or equipment with any sort of scarce hazards inherent in their use, are asked for openly identifying all the aforementioned points in their manuscript.
    • All the authors are required to address all the ethical considerations within the section entitled “Materials & Methods.
    • The authors are asked to ensure that the manuscript contains the statement that every single procedure was performed in compliance with all the pertinent laws and institutional guiding principles and that the pertinent institutional committee (i.e., institutional review board or ethics review committee) has approved them.
    • In case the investigators happen to lack formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki is to be followed.
    • Authors are requested to include a statement in the manuscript indicating that the written informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. They should also state that written informed consent has been obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. It is also mandatory to state how the written informed consent has been obtained from the study participants.
    • Authors must, at all times, observe the privacy rights of human subjects.
    • Editors may demand authors to provide documentation of the formal review and recommendation from the institutional review board or ethics committee responsible for the oversight of the study.
    • The authors should ensure that what they present is the original work, and in case they have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
    • In case of discovering a significant error or inaccuracy in the published work, the author is obliged to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the precision and accuracy of the original paper.

     

 

Plagiarism policy

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

If suspected plagiarism is found in an article after publication, Journal of Paramedical Sciences will start an investigation. If plagiarism is confirmed, the journal will contact institutes and funding agencies of the author(s). If misconduct is proved, the journal will issue a statement linked both to and from the original paper to announce the plagiarism and provides a reference to the plagiarized material. Based on the extent of plagiarism present in the paper, either it will be retracted officially or each page of the PDF will be marked to clearly indicate presence of plagiarism.