The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care approves the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors policies (WAME), and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
As stated in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations, credit for authorship requires:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception and design or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data,
2. The drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content;
3. Final approval of the version to be 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 article are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the four components mentioned above. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged.
Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship.
The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted, the order cannot be changed without the written consent of all the contributors. In addition, any changes must be explained to the Editor/Editor-in-Chief. In line with COPE guidelines, our journal requires written confirmation from all authors that they agree with any proposed changes in authorship of submission(s) or published item(s). This approval must be via direct email from each author. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors agree with the suggested changes. It is not the journal editor’s responsibility to resolve authorship disputes. A change in authorship of a published article can only be amended via the publication of an Erratum or Correction.
Authors should follow "the international standards for authors" recommended by COPE.
The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care Authorship Standards
To respect the authorship right of authors and uphold scientific honesty, the authorship of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care should be compiled as follows:
1. Author names should not be added, removed, or changed in the order after submitting the manuscript.
2. Each article could have one corresponding author.
3. Authors are not recommended to be co-first authors. Authors in the same institution could not be the co-first authors.
Note. The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care reserves the right of final explanations to the Authorship standards.
Clinical Trial Registry
Based on the ICMJE recommendations, a clinical trial is defined as “any research project that prospectively assigns people or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome.” In agreement with the ICMJE’s recommendations, The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care would consider publishing clinical trials registered with a clinical trial registry that allows free online access to the public. As per our policy, registration of all trials in a public registry approved by the ICJME -- a primary register of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform- is available from the following link:
Research Reporting Guidelines
Authors are encouraged to use the EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines for the study type:
· Randomized controlled trials (RCTs): CONSORT guidelines
· Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA guidelines and MOOSE guidelines
· Observational studies in epidemiology: STROBE guidelines and MOOSE guidelines
· Diagnostic accuracy studies: STARD guidelines
· Quality improvement studies: SQUIRE guidelines
· Case reports guidelines: CARE guidelines
Withdrawal, Corrections, and Retractions policies
As a follower of the COPE, the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care adheres to the “Code of Conduct,” the “Best Practice Guidelines,” and "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing."
Withdrawal is an action that takes the manuscript out of the review process and places it back into the author’s dashboard. In general, we do not suggest article withdrawal since it wastes valuable manuscript processing time, money, and work invested by the publisher.
· Pre-review is a period that an author(s) submits(s) her/his article until it is sent for review.
· Peer-Review: this is when the manuscript is submitted completely to the website and included in the review process.
· Final Decision: this is a period from the acceptance of an article until it is sent for publication if it meets the journal standards.
· Pre-Publication: when a paper is accepted for publication or published as an “ahead of print (In Press)” paper but has no volume/issue/page number.
· Post-Publication: when a paper is published and placed in a volume/issue with the page number.
· Pre-Review: The author(s) can withdraw their papers at this step without posting compelling reasons.
· Peer-Review, Final Decision, and Pre-Publication: The authors should have compelling reasons to withdraw their papers.
· Post-Publication: Withdrawing at this step is not possible at all.
When a withdrawal occurs, our publisher will remove the article content (HTML and PDF) and replace it with an HTML page describing that the article has been withdrawn according to the Publisher’s policies.
See COPE Cases for details.
Journal of Multidisciplinary Care will consider the publication of a correction when a mistake may jeopardize the conclusions of an article or contain incorrect information regarding the metadata of an article such as author names, affiliations, title, etc.) but does not undermine the validity of the findings. A note linking to the correction will be placed on the original article page.
Duplicate or redundant submission is the same manuscript (or the same data) submitted to different journals simultaneously. In such a case, we will follow the COPE guidelines.
Note: ICMJE recommends that translations are acceptable but MUST reference the original. Based on our policy, the original article's translations can be considered an online supplementary file. Editors may consider publishing a correction rather than a retraction/notice of duplicate publication in such cases.
In keeping with COPE's Retraction Guidelines, a retraction will be considered by our editors if:
- It has clear evidence indicating the results are unreliable, either because of major errors (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error, data fabrication, image manipulation, etc.)
- It has plagiarism.
- The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper citation to previous sources, permission to reproduce, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication)
- There is a copyright infringement or other legal issues
- It reports unethical research
- It has been published solely based on a compromised or manipulated peer review process
- The author(s) failed to declare a major conflict of interest
Authors or editors of the journal may retract a paper. However, the editors make the final decision to retract the material. Suppose none of the authors will approve publishing a retraction. In that case, the editor/s may request such a retraction from the investigating institution, or the editor may ask for a retraction on behalf of the journal. In each condition, the editor should inform the author(s) or institution affiliated with the author(s) for publishing a retraction.
- Note: After publishing a retraction, the HTML version of the document will be removed from the site. Additionally, The PDF file of the article is retained unchanged; only a watermark showing the “retracted” label is placed on each page of the PDF. Finally, a link is made to the original article.
Journal of Multidisciplinary Care is powered by the iThenticate software, a plagiarism detector service that considers the originality of content submitted before publication. When plagiarism is identified, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE.
Plagiarism contains, but is not limited to:
· Directly copying text from other sources
· Using an idea from another source with a little altered language
· Copying ideas, images, or materials/data from other sources
· Reusing text from your previous publications
· If plagiarism is identified during the peer review, the manuscript may be rejected.
· If plagiarism is identified after the article's publication, we reserve the right to request a correction or retract the paper based on COPE guidelines.
Journal of Multidisciplinary Care expects the highest ethical standards from its authors, reviewers, and editors when conducting research, submitting papers, and throughout the peer-review process.
Journal of Multidisciplinary Care adheres to the policies of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations. Thus, The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care expects all authors, reviewers, and editors to consider COPE, ICMJE, and Equator Network’s reporting guidelines in scientific writing.
Human and animal ethics
Authors reporting experimental studies on human subjects must include an ethical approval statement on the Title page indicating (a) informed consent was taken from all patients enrolled in the study and (b) the study protocol conforms to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki as reflected in a priori approval by the institution's human research committee. To protect the safety of individuals who participate in the study, academic and funding organizations
require any study, including human participants, to be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) or ethics review committee. All criteria highlighted in the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" in animal experimentation studies should be addressed.
The protection of a patient's right in a scientific publication is essential. Any article submitted to the journal, including personal medical material about an identifiable living individual, needs the patient’s consent before it can be published. Therefore, all participants must sign an informed consent form after reading the study’s information sheet. Before signing a consent form, the purpose of all procedures and their possible harms must be completely clarified to all patients who participate in the study. Participants should voluntarily agree to such participation. Nevertheless, informed consent forms should be sent online for advance review.
If consent cannot be obtained because the patient cannot be traced in a study, then publication will be possible only if the information can be sufficiently anonymized. Anonymization means neither the person nor anyone else can identify the individual with certainty.
If the patient is dead, the authors should track permission from a relative. If the relatives are not contactable, the journals will balance the worthwhileness of the case, the likelihood of identification, and the likelihood of an illegal act in the decision to publish a submitted paper.
Images—such as x-rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, pathology slides, or images of undistinctive parts of the body—may be used without consent so long as the removal of any identifying marks anonymizes them and are not accompanied by text that could reveal the patients’ characteristics.
Competing Interest Statement
In medical publications, a conflict of interest (COI) happens when an author has financial or other relationships influencing the author’s decisions, work, or manuscript. COI may occur in various forms, such as financial ties, academic commitments, personal relationships, political or religious beliefs, and institutional affiliations. In managing COI, The JMDC abides by the policy statement of the WAME. All authors should declare their COI, if any, during the manuscript submission. Additionally, reviewers and editors are requested to announce their COI when they agree to take a manuscript for reviewing and handling respectively. Reviewers and Editors with COI will be excluded from the manuscript process. All authors must declare all competing interests on their title page. Further information can be found at the following links:
https://publicationethics.org/competinginterests and the World Association of Medical
Peer Review Process
All submissions to the journal go through a Double-Blind review process. A peer review system including two or three reviewers is applied to guarantee the quality of manuscripts accepted for publication. Our Editors have the right to decline the review process of the manuscript when the manuscript: (a) focuses on a subject outside the aim and scope of the Journal, (b) has technical errors, (c) has no novelty, and is written in poor English.
This review consists of the following steps:
1. At the first stage, an internal staff checks the format and style of the manuscript to ensure that it is suitable to go through the normal peer-review process. If the authors have not considered the guides, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for compatibility.
2. Submissions are then assigned to an Editor for evaluation.
3. The Editor decides whether reviews from additional experts are needed to evaluate the manuscript. Two external reviewers evaluate the majority of submissions, but it is up to the Editor to determine the number of reviews.
4. After evaluation, the Editor chooses between the following decisions:
· Minor Revision
· Major Revision
If the decision is Minor Revision or Major Revision, authors have 40 days to resubmit the revised manuscript. Authors may contact email addresses if they require an extension. Upon resubmission, the Editor may send the manuscript back to external reviewers or decide based on personal expertise. Finally, the Managing Editor receives the reviewers’ comments and sends them along with the decision letter to the corresponding author. The Editor-in-Chief will make the final decision on each manuscript.
Duties of Editors
The editors of the Journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. They are guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. They actively work to improve the quality of the journal.
The editor evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions, and the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows its prompt review will be impossible should notify the.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Editorial Freedom at the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care
TheJournal of Multidisciplinary Care adheres to the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy on “The Relationship between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners.” More specifically, the Editor-in-Chief has editorial independence and, as such, has full authority over the journal’s editorial content, including how and when information is published. Editorial decisions are based solely on the validity of the work and its importance to readers, not on the policies or commercial interests of the owner. The JMDC is the official journal of the Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences. Neither the Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences nor other organizations interfere in evaluating, selecting, or editing individual articles, either directly or by creating an environment in which editorial decisions are influenced.
CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard method for readers to find the current version of a piece of content. By applying the CrossMark logo, our journal commits to maintaining the content and notifying readers of changes if and when they occur.
All articles have the CrossMark logo in PDF or HTM files. Clicking on the CrossMark logo at the top of each article in PDF and HTML files will indicate the current status of a document. It may also give additional information about the document.
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Editorial Board Policy
The selection of the Editorial/Advisory Board is a vital stage. We choose our editors in keeping with the quantity and quality of published articles, citation of their works, and the "H-index." Journal of Multidisciplinary Care follows “the COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” regarding their selection of them.
S/he is the lead editor, playing a vital role in guaranteeing the integrity and quality of the content of the submitted manuscript. EIC must have a Ph.D./MD degree to lead the publication process. Based on the Scopus database, the minimum h-index for the Editor-in-Chief is 14. S/he has some responsibilities as follows:
· Making an overall plan for improving the quality of the content regarding submitted manuscripts
· Reviewing and making the final decision for the submitted manuscripts
· Identifying qualified editorial board members who can contribute to the progress and management of the journal
- Handling meetings to interact with all the members of the Editorial Board regarding code conducts, standards, and new policies of the Journal.
Associate editors are responsible for the peer-review process and ensuring the publication of high-quality papers. They would help the lead editor with different aspects related to the works of publication and the peer-review process.
Editorial Board Members
The Editorial Board Members must be familiar with the peer-review process, publication ethics, code of conduct, and standards for high-quality publications. Academic merit/competency and high H-index are two main factors for selecting editorial board members.
This journal is a platinum open access. Therefore, there is no publication fee in this journal. Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences financially supports the publication of this journal.
Article Sharing Guidelines
The following points highlight our policies regarding manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care:
1- Submitted version of the article: The authors submitting articles to the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care are banned from publishing the submitted data (except for registries required for clinical trials) in an open repository before its acceptance.
2- Accepted version of the article: The authors can deposit their manuscript in open repositories after acceptance in the journal process without embargo policy.
3- Final version of the article (PDF format): We encourage authors to share the final PDF version of their article in open repositories.
At present, the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care does not publish any advertisements.