Publication Ethics and Malpractice

Walawalkar International Medical Journal follows recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work of  International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) .  

Publication  decisions:

The editor-in- chief of the journal is responsible for final decision of publication of the articles submitted to the journal. The editor-in- chief may be 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. The editor-in- chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision

Fair Practice:
An editor-in-chief will at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor-in- chief and any other editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest:
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the written consent of the concern author.

Duties of Reviewers:

a) Editorial Decisions:
Peer review assists the editor-in- chief in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the research articles.

b) Prompt Review:
Any selected referee who are unable to review the manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor-in- chief as early as possible to fasten the review process. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Referees should mention their ideas clearly with supporting statements

c) Confidentiality:
Any manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. They should not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized person by the editor-in- chief

d) Acknowledgement:
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that may be observation, derivation or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also pay attention on similar or overlapping research work and any other earlier published research work.

e) Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review should be kept confidential. Reviewers should not consider 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.

Duties of Authors

a) Reporting standards:
Authors of original research should give an accurate account of the work performed, objectives, and discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately. Research articles should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.

b) Data Access and Retention:
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

c) Originality and Plagiarism:
The authors should ensure that they have submitted entirely original research works. If the authors have used the research work and/or words of other researchers then it should  be appropriately cited.

d) Multiple, Concurrent Publication:
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages, simultaneously to more than one journal.

e) Acknowledgement:
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

f) Authorship:
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the research article and have agreed to its submission for publication.

g) Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest:
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

h) Fundamental errors or inaccuracy:
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor-in- chief, editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor-in- chief to correct the research article.