Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement Guidelines
Editor-in chief and editorial board
The editor-in-chief of IHJPAS works constantly to guarantee that any editorial decision is taken fairly and justifiably. The editorial board of IHJPAS consists of a group of experts, who work systematically to ensure that both authors and reviewers follow the code of conduct. Thus, all published papers meet the standards of publication.
The code of conduct violation may lead to immediate rejection of the submitted work. The code of conduct violation includes, but is not limited to, data falsification, plagiarism, fraudulent submission, inappropriate authorship, and conflict of interest.
Authors’ Code of Conduct
Originality and accuracy
All submitted results must be original and accurate. Data and/or image manipulation is considered fabrication which is an unacceptable practice. Furthermore, data accuracy is the responsibility of all authors. Pre-submission data double-checking is highly recommended. Post-submission data changing is inappropriate research practice.
Acknowledging other sources
Crediting previous works and authors is one of the key responsibilities of all authors. All other authors' data, ideas, and opinions have to be cited correctly. Using the same words when paraphrasing a cited work is considered as plagiarism. Plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism are one of some serious misconducts that could result in manuscript rejection.
Authors have to confirm that their manuscript is not been submitted or published elsewhere. Submitting a published paper or an already submitted manuscript should be avoided under any circumstances.
Honorary, gift, and /or ghost authorships should be avoided for any reason. All genuine participators are to be included in a pre-agreed order. All co-authors should be conscious of the submitted data and its explanation. Moreover, it is very recommended practice to recognize all direct or indirect significant contributions that influenced the study.
Conflict of interest
It is the responsibility of all authors to declare any competing interest related to the submitted manuscript. Conflict of interest occurs when the author(s) benefit from publishing the results either directly or indirectly. Declaring such interest help the editorial board to consider any influences of the declared interest on the study outcomes.
It is strongly recommended that the submitted research is classified as responsible research. Research on humans must be performed following The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki). Clinical research must have appropriate institutional approval and informed consent. Animal research must be conducted in accordance with the related laws and the appropriate guidelines issued by a formal animal research ethics body. Research on biological materials should be carried out with sustainable approaches.
Reviewers’ Code of Conduct
It is not allowed for reviewers, to share the manuscript with a third party or to make personal copies of the manuscript. Under special circumstances, the editorial board may endorse a justified sharing of the manuscript.
Reviewing process should be performed objectively. The decision/revisions should be reasonable with a clear rationale.
Reviewers have to notify the editorial board about any code of conduct violation such as data fabrication, plagiarism, fraudulent submission, inappropriate authorship, and conflict of interest.
Reviewers should respect the reviewing process timeframe. Delay is inappropriate practice.
Conflict of interest
Reviewers should inform the editorial board if they have any competitive or collaborative connections with the author(s).
Reviewers may submit an excluding request immediately after receiving the manuscript for different reasons such as they do not have the required expertise, they cannot finish the reviewing within the timeframe, or there is a conflict of interest.