Publication Ethics and Malpractice

This journal follows guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in facing all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. All articles in this journal involving human subjects should respect principles of research ethics as described in the Declaration of Helsinki and studies involving animals should obey the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research as developed by the Council for International Organization of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

The Journal  adapts COPE to meet the high quality standard of ethics for publishers, editors, authors, and reviewers. As an essential issue, publication ethics needs to be explained clearly to improve the quality of the research worldwide. In this part, we explain the standard for editors, authors, and reviewers. In addition, publisher don't have the right to interfere with the integrity of the contents and only support to publish in timely manner.

For Editors

1.An editor has to evaluate the manuscript objectively for publication, judging each on its quality without looking to nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, religion, gender, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the authors. He/she should decline his/her assignment when there is a potential of conflict of interest.     

2.Editors should be responsible for every article published in Al-Kindy College Medical Journal and they should help authors to follow the instruction for author that are explained in instruction for author in Al-Kindy College Medical Journal.

3.Editors need to ensure the document sent to the reviewer does not contain the information of the author, vice versa.

4.Editors' decision should be informed to authors accompanied by reviewers' comments unless they contain offensive remarks.

5.Editors and all staffs should guarantee the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.

6.Editors will be guided by COPE flowcharts if there is a suspected misconduct or disputed authorship.

For Reviewers

  1. Reviewers need to comment on ethical questions and possible research and publication misconduct.
  2. Reviewers will do the work in timely manner and should notify editor if they can not complete the work.
  3. Reviewers need to keep the confidentiality of the manuscript.
  4. Reviewers should not accept to review the manuscripts in which there is potential conflict of interest between them and any of the authors.

For Authors

  1. Author affirms that the submitted material has not been previously published and that they have not transferred elsewhere any rights to the article.
  2. Author should ensure the originality of the work and they have properly cited others' work in accordance of the references format.
  3. Author should not engage in plagiarism nor self-plagiarism.
  4. Author should ensure that they follow the authorship criteria that are explained in instruction for author of Al-Kindy College Medical Journal.
  5. The author(s) have not suggested any personal information that may make the identity of the patient recognizable in any forms of description part, photograph or pedigree. When the photographs of the patient were essential and indispensable as scientific information, the author(s) have received the consent in written form and have clearly stated it.
  6. In case of experimenting on human, the authors have certified that the process of the research is in accordance with ethical standards of Helsinki declaration, domestic and foreign committees that preside over human experi­ment. If any doubts are raised whether the research was proceeded in accordance with the declaration, the authors should explain it. In case of experimenting on animals, the authors have certified that the authors had followed the domestic and foreign guideline related to experiment of animals in a laboratory.
  7. Author(s) should give the editor the data and details of the work, if there are suspicions of data falsification or fabrication.
  8. Authors of the journal should clarify everything that may cause conflict of interests such as work, research expenses, consul­tant expenses, and intellectual property.

Plagiarism policy

The author should submit an original manuscript and an unpublished article. The manuscript must include a proper citation without plagiarism/duplication of the authors' previous work. The manuscript shall be submitted to the Turnitin's plagiarism detection software before sending to the reviewers. Al-Kindy College Medical Journal board will reject the manuscript if plagiarism is detected at any stage of the publication. In addition, we will not accept manuscripts that are submitted elsewhere.

Falsification and Fabrication

Any falsification and fabrication are not allowed nor tolerated, Al-Kindy College Medical Journal board will reject the manuscriptand if falsification and/or fabrication is discovered. we have the right to inform the author's institute and to blacklist the author in our self used records.