Editorial Policies

Overview

This policy describes guidelines in the publication process of our journals. Specifically, IJPHY Journal adopts and strive to adhere to the following standards and requirements:

  1. COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics
  2. ICMJE - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
  3. OASPA - Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  4. WAME – World Association of Medical Editors

Authorship

International Journal of Physiotherapy (IJPHY) has agreed to receive and publish manuscripts by the instructions of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Details of ICMJE and COPE are available at www.icmje.org and http://publicationethics.org/.

The ICMJE recommends that authorship should be based on the following four criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  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 work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All those designated as authors should meet above criteria for authorship.

Further Reading ICMJE (Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors)

Acknowledgement

Individuals who participated in the development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author should be acknowledged. Organizations that provided support regarding funding and other resources should also be acknowledged.

Changes in authorship

Whenever there is a need to make changes in the authorship of a manuscript or a published article, the changes will be implemented according to COPE specification. Only corresponding authors can make a request for a change in authorship. The request should be made to the editor using the Changes in Authorship Form..

Further reading

ICMJE - Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors

COPE - Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors

Submission of Manuscript

Authors should read the “Authors Instruction” on the journal’s page before making a submission. The manuscript should be prepared according to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

Authors listed on the manuscript should have met the requirements for Authorship specified above. Where possible, specify the contribution of each of the authors.

All authors should approve the final version of the manuscript before submission. Once a manuscript is submitted, it is therefore assumed that all authors have read and given their approval for the submission of the manuscript.

The contact information of all authors should be stated on the manuscript. Surname/Other names, affiliation, emails, and phone/fax numbers.

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest should be stated in the manuscript.

Submission should be made online https://www.ijphy.org/login.php

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from being negligible to having great potential for influencing judgment. Not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. On the other hand, the possibility of a conflict of interest can exist regardless of whether an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion (http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/). If there are any conflicts of interest, authors should disclose them in the manuscript. The conflicts of interest may occur during research process; however, an important point is the disclosure itself. If there is a disclosure, editors, reviewers, and reader can approach the manuscripts after understanding the situation where the research work was processed.

Further reading

COPE - Flowcharts on Conflict of Interest

OASPA - Open Acess Scholarly Publishing Open Acess Scholarly Publishing

WAME - Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals

Registration of Clinical Trial Research

Any research that deals with a clinical trial should be registered with a primary national clinical trial registration site or the other major national registry sites accredited by World Health Organization ( http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/primary/en/) or clinicaltrial.gov (https://clinicaltrials.gov/), a service of the Unite States National Institutes of Health.

Authors can register their clinical trials from following sources:

  1. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
  2. http://www.actr.org.au/
  3. http://isrctn.org/
  4. http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr
  5. http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp

Further reading ICMJE Clinical Trial Registration

Patient Consent: Informed and Written

International Journal of Physiotherapy follows the World Medical Association (WMA) guidelines that developed the Declaration of Helsinki as a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects, material, and data. Further reading Helsinki Declaration.

Research and Publication Misconduct

International Journal of Physiotherapy (IJPHY) follows the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for dealing with research and publication misconduct. When the Journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problem with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors etc., the resolving process will be followed according to the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The discussion and decision on the Misconduct cases are done by the Members of Editorial Board.

Further reading ICMJE (Scientific Misconduct, Expressions of Concern, and Retraction)

Manuscript Withdrawal Policy

Manuscripts can be withdrawn at the initial stage (i.e. 7days) from the date of submission without any Article Processing Charges (APCs). If the author/s wants to withdraw the manuscript during its processing, an email has to be sent notifying as to their intention for withdrawal following which; the manuscript withdrawal form will be emailed for the signatures of all the respective author/s. If the author/s decide to the withdrawal of manuscript after it has been accepted (but not yet published), Article Processing Charges (APCs) of USD 200 is chargeable upon withdrawal.

Confidentiality

A submitted manuscript is a confidential material. Academic Journals will not disclose submitted the manuscript to anyone except individuals who partake in the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted). These individuals include editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors. However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed to members of Academic Journals’ ethics committee and institutions/organizations that may require it for the resolution of the misconduct. Academic Journals shall follow the appropriate COPE flowcharts wherever necessary.

Further reading

ICMJE - Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process