Editorial Policies Adopted by
Scholarly Journals Published by Nickan Research Institute (new 2015)
Editorial Policies Adopted by Scholarly
Journals Published by Nickan Research Institute
that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception
or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data.
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically
for important intellectual content.
3. Final approval of the version 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 work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an
author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific
other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the
integrity of the contributions of their coauthors. All those designated as
authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four
criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four
criteria should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Participation solely
in the acquisition of funding, the gathering of data, technical help, writing
assistance, and general supervision of the research group does not warrant
authorship. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Please
guarantee that anyone stated in the Acknowledgements section has granted its
clearance for permission to be listed.
contributorship statement is required for every manuscript submitted and should
state who has contributed what to the planning, conduct, and reporting of the
work described in the article.
individuals who provided assistance to the project. Report all sources of grant
and other support for the project or study, including funds received from
contributors, institutions and commercial sources. Consultancies and funds paid
directly to investigators must also be listed.
change in authorship (i.e., order, addition, and deletion of authors) after
initial submission must be
approved by all authors. Authors should determine the order of authorship among
themselves. In addition, any alterations must be clarified to the
competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary
interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be
influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain - employment,
consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert-
testimony or personal relationship). There is nothing unethical about a
competing interest but it should be acknowledged and clearly stated. All
authors must declare all competing interests in their covering letter and in
“Competing Interests” section at the end of the manuscript file (before the
references). Authors with no competing interests to declare should obviously
policy of Nickan Research Institute is that none
of the editors should have any financial relationship with any biomedical
Ethical approval of research/Publication Ethics
Nickan Research Institute journals are
following of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aim to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.
strongly consider allegations of publication misconduct, both before and after
publication, and we reserve the right to contact authors' institutions,
funders, or regulatory bodies if needed. If we find conclusive evidence of
misconduct, we will take steps to correct the scientific record, which may
include supplying a correction or retraction.
are expected to be aware of publication ethics, specifically with regard to
authorship, dual submission, plagiarism, figure manipulation, competing
interests, and compliance with standards of research ethics. In cases of
suspected misconduct, we will follow COPE standards and practices and may seek
advice from the COPE forum if needed.
Statement of Ethics Approval
require every research article submitted to include a statement that the study
obtained ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required and why),
including the name of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s),
the number/ID of the approval(s), and a statement that participants gave
informed consent before taking part. Even when a study has been approved by a
research ethics committee or institutional review board, editors may ask
authors for more detailed information about the ethics of the work.
Patient consent and confidentiality
article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living
individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before we can publish it. We
would like the patient to sign our consent form, which requires the patient to
have read the article.
consent cannot be obtained because the patient cannot be traced then
publication will be possible only if the information can be sufficiently
anonymized. Anonymization means that neither the patient nor anyone else could
identify the patient with certainty.
the patient is dead the authors should seek permission from a relative (as a
matter of courtesy and medical ethics). If the relatives are not contactable we
will balance the worthwhileness of the
case, the likelihood of identification, and the likelihood of offence if
identified in making a decision on whether we should publish without a
policy on obtaining consent for publication of pictures of patients is a subset
of our general policy on patient confidentiality. If there is any chance that a
patient may be identified from a photograph or other image or from its legend
or accompanying text we need the patient’s written consent to publication by Nickan
– such as x-rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, pathology slides, or
images of indistinctive parts of the body – may be used without consent so long
as they are anonym zed by the removal of any identifying marks and are not
accompanied by text that could reveal the patient’s identity through clinical
or personal detail.
Research reporting guidelines
are encouraged to use the relevant research reporting guidelines for the study
type provided by the EQUATOR Network. This will ensure that you provide enough
information for editors, peer reviewers and readers to understand how the
research was performed and to judge whether the findings are likely to be
key reporting guidelines are:
Clinical trial registration
on ICMJE recommendations,
a clinical trial defines 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”.
agreement with the ICMJE , journals published
will not consider reports of clinical trials unless they were registered
prospectively before recruitment of any participants.
a condition of consideration for publication, journals published by Nickan
require registration of all trials in a public trials registry that is
acceptable to the ICMJE (any registry that is a primary register of the WHO
International Clinical Trials Registry Platform www.who.int/ictrp
/network/primary/en/index.html or in ClinicalTrials.gov, which is a data
provider to the WHO ICTRP).
published by Nickan Research Institute use
iThenticate software, which is a plagiarism detector service that verifies the
originality of content submitted before publication. If plagiarism is
identified, we will follow COPE guidelines.
includes, but is not limited to:
copying text from other sources
ideas, images, or data from other sources
text from your own previous publications
- Using an
idea from another source with slightly modified language
plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be
rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we reserve the right to
issue a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate. We reserve the right
to inform authors' institutions about plagiarism detected either before or
Peer review policy
review all manuscript submissions, internally or externally.
research articles authored by a member of a journal’s editorial team are
independently peer reviewed; an editor will have no input or influence on the
peer review process or publication decision for their own article. Editorials
and obituaries written by the journal’s editor do not undergo external peer
Peer Review Procedures
manuscripts submitted to Nickan Research Institute journals are
subject to rigorous review. This review consists of the following steps:
1. Initial submissions are reviewed by internal
staff to ensure adherence to policies of Society of Nickan
including ethical requirements for human and animal experimentation.
2. Submissions are then assigned to an Editor
3. The Academic Editor decides whether reviews
from additional experts are needed to evaluate the manuscript. The majority of
submissions are evaluated by two external reviewers, but it is up to the Editor
to determine the number of reviews required.
4. After evaluation, the Editor chooses between
the following decisions:
2. Minor Revision
3. Major Revision
5. If the decision is Minor Revision or Major
Revision, authors have 30 days to resubmit the revised manuscript. Authors may
contact email address if they require an extension.
6. Upon resubmission, the Editor may choose to
send the manuscript back to external reviewers, or may render a decision based
on personal expertise.
is the author’s responsibility to secure all permissions prior to publication.
Material from other sources
written or illustrative material that has been or will be published elsewhere
must be duly acknowledged and accompanied by the written consent of the
copyright holder (this may be the publisher rather than the author). This
includes your own previously published material, if you are not the copyright
Reproducing material published by Nickan Research Institute
published by Nickan Research Institute may be
reproduced in full or part in any medium or language only on the condition that
the original material is cited properly.
publication frequency and all related information regarding the journals are
listed on their website.
Open Access Agreement
submitting an article, authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide
by an open access Creative Commons license
Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of
their articles. However, the license permits any user to download, print out,
extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate
credit is given to the authors and the source of the work. The license ensures
that the article will be available as widely as possible and that the article
can be included in any scientific archive.
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