Scientific medical peer-reviewed journal "Avicenna Bulletin" publishes articles only after a positive evaluation as a result of blind reviews. Publishing Journal, the editorial creates a scientific platform for the exchange of knowledge and their discussion in the field of medico-biological sciences. Abuses, by both editors and authors, creates obstacles to the development of medical and biological knowledge. Therefore, it is very important to prevent these abuses by the authors, reviewers, and editors. In this regard, the editorial board of the journal "Avicenna Bulletin" has developed this provision on editorial policy and ethics of the journal.
This provision is based on:
- Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Editors (Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Editors)
- Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers(Code of Conduct for Journal Publisher)
- Recommendations for introduction, reporting, editing, and publishing scientific works of medical journals (Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals).
Definition of the role of authors and other participants of scientific work
Authorship provides recognition and entails important academic, social and financial implications.
- Substantive contribution to the development of the concept or planning of scientific work, or obtaining, analysis or interpretation of the results of this work
- Drafting a draft manuscript or revising it critically with valuable intellectual content
- Final approvals of the published version of the manuscript
- Agreeing to take responsibility for all aspects of the work and ensuring that all issues related to the accuracy and integrity of any part of the work can be properly investigated and resolved
All participants of the scientific publication specified as authors should correspond to all four aforementioned criteria. The Authors of the scientific manuscript are collectively responsible for the compliance of all participants in the publication with the criteria for authorship. In this connection, together with the manuscript, it is necessary to submit to the editorial office information on the contribution of individuals in writing article.
From among the authors select the contact person responsible for communication with the journal editorial throughout the process - from the moment of submission of the article to its publication in the journal. This given person is obliged to ensure fulfillment of technical requirements of the journal, including information about the authors, documents from the Ethics Committee and the statements of the conflict of interest.
Other contributions, not allowing claiming authorship implies seeking funding, administrative support and/or management of research group, technical text typing, proofreading, technical and language editing.
Conflict of interests
All participants in the reviewing and publication process, including authors, reviewers, Editorial Board Members, and the Editorial Board must take into account the conflict of their interests and disclose all links that may be considered as potential sources of a conflict of interest.
- Authors are obliged to disclose all financial and personal relationships that may affect the outcome of their work.
- Reviewers are required to inform editors of any conflict of interest that may affect their opinion of the article, and they themselves should waive reviewing if they formed a basis for bias on the basis of conflict of interest.
- Editors, members of the editorial board, members of the editorial board must refuse to make a decision and inform the chief editor and other colleagues about a conflict of interest or other financial interest.
Reviewers, editors, members of the editorial board and the editorial board should not use the information obtained while working with the manuscript in their own benefit before the article is published.
The conflict of interest message should contain the following statements:
- Conflict of interest with the authors;
- Sources of support for this work, include sponsors, and if they have a role in developing a research plan with more analysis and interpretation of the data; or a statement that the source of support did not participate;
- Authors' access to research data, the scope of access and nature; availability in the present
For information, authors are obliged to provide with a manuscript the Uniform form of disclosure of information on potential conflicts of interest, developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Responsibilities for the provision of Manuscripts and Reviewing
- Authors must abide by the criteria of authorship and submit the statements of conflict of interests.
- Privacy. The manuscripts presented in the journal have the status of respecting the intellectual and property rights of the authors. Therefore, it is forbidden to divulge any parts of the manuscript before it is published. Manuscripts should be kept in the editorial office confidentially. Reviewers are also obliged to confidentially treat the manuscript of the article, not to discuss or divulge information with anyone. After the review, all the author's materials are subject to or return to the editorial office or destruction. In case of acceptance of the manuscript for publication, all materials concerning this article (reviews, corrections, correspondence with the author) should be kept in the archive of the journal. Confidentiality can be withdrawn if confirming all the facts of plagiarism, fraud, and dishonesty on the part of the authors.
- Timeliness. Editors should organize their work in such a way as to publish the article as quickly as possible. In case of refusal, it is also necessary to give quickly the answer of the authors that they could find another edition.
- Peer reviewing - is a critical evaluation submitted for publication of a manuscript. The reviewer during the work has the right to request the primary research material (study protocol, maps, plans for statistical analysis, etc.). The main goal is to improve the manuscript quality. The editor chooses reviewers, but, despite the positive or negative review, the publication decision is taken by the chief editor. The reviewer must be notified of the editorial decision on the publication.
- Conscientiousness. The editors accept the manuscripts, regardless of whether the research results are positive or negative. Negative research results in a compartment with other studies at meta-analysis can help to get answers to important questions.
- Reviewers have no right to publicly condemn the work being reviewed and to divulge the author's ideas before publishing the article. If the reviewer agreed to the review of the article, by the way, he is obliged to provide feedback within the prescribed period. Comments should be honest, polite and constructive. After reviewing, the author's material must be returned to the editor or destroyed (erase all copies from the PC). Reviewers are obliged to declare their conflict of interests, and, if so, refuse to give up reviewing.
The authors are obliged to indicate whether the procedure for evaluating the study protocol was conducted by the Ethics Committee, and in its absence, whether the study meets the requirements of the 1964 Helsinki Declaration (with recent changes made in October 2013, Fortaleza, Brazil). Patients have the right to protect the personal information that cannot be disclosed without their consent. If the possibility of using the information is agreed, a written agreement must be provided.
Unfair scientific practiceUnfair scientific practice
The unfair scientific practice involves the fabrication data, falsification data, including the deceptive manipulations of the images, plagiarism. In the case of evidence of unfair scientific practice, the manuscript is rejected; if the article has already been published, it is withdrawn (retarded) and indicated in the next issue.
- Multiple mailing of the manuscript. Authors must not submit the same manuscript in one or different languages at the same time in more than one journals.
- Multiple publications are the publication of a manuscript, largely duplicates a previously published article without a clear, visible reference to the previous publication. If multiple publications are issued on and off, during the editing phase the manuscript is rejected. If the article has already been published, the editorial staff withdraws the article, and publishes information about the recall in the next issue, and notifies the authors in the publicity.