Publication Ethics and Plagiarism Policy
- The authors are required to provide ethical statements detailing the relevant ethical standards that were met when conducting the research study. The statements need to be included in the “Methods” section of the manuscript, detailing how the authors protected the rights and welfare of the subjects, the institution review board and the certificate of approval number.
- Ethical statements are needed whenever research is conducted on human research subjects or whenever the approval of an institutional review board was required.
Duties of Authors
- The authors must provide the statement ensuring that the submitted manuscript or work has never been previously published.
- The authors must report and present only accurate information from the research study without manipulation or distortion of the information.
- The authors are responsible to comply with “Author Guidelines” when preparing a manuscript.
- The authors are responsible to appropriately cite or quote if they use the work and/or words of any authors or researchers.
- Authorship must be limited to those who made a significant contribution to create, design, execute, or interpret the research study.
- The authors must acknowledge the name of the institution or person(s) who provided research grants (if any).
Duties of Editors
- The editors are responsible to assess all submitted manuscripts to ensure standard quality for publication and its intellectual contents in accordance with journal scope.
- The editors must keep confidentiality of the authors and the reviewers to others during the assessment process.
- The editors must reject any manuscripts that have been previously published elsewhere.
- The editors must declare their conflict of interest in relation to author(s), reviewers or administrative board.
- The editors must reject the manuscripts if plagiarism is detected either in the submission or reviewing process and hold the right to “retract” the article if the article has been published.
- The journal uses a double blind peer review process. The editors and members of the editorial team shall not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to the authors.
Duties of the Reviewers
- The reviewers must keep all submitted manuscripts confidential and not allow anyone to distort the quality of the review process.
- The reviewers should inform the editors if they know of any disqualification to perform their roles because they are co-authors or know the authors personally.
- The reviewers should assess submitted manuscripts in the area of their expertise, taking into account the intellectual content and data analysis of the manuscripts. The reviewers must not use their own groundless, personal judgments to evaluate submitted manuscripts.
- The reviewers must identify related studies which the author did not cover in the evaluation process and inform the editors of the similarity between submitted manuscript and other publications.
Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty by the JPHD. Therefore, content that originates from other sources must be accredited, cited and included in the reference section. During the submission process, all manuscripts will be screened using ‘Turnitin’ software, which is supported by Mahidol University. A similarity index of higher than 25 percent will be investigated by the Editor-in-Chief. Immediate rejection will be made if the editors determine clear plagiarism such as copies of large portions of text and/or data. Any similarity of short phrases will lead to an issued notification to the authors. The authors have the opportunity to provide an explanation or revise the manuscript.
If plagiarism is detected and notified by the reviewers during the reviewing process, all forward processes will be immediately withheld. An unsatisfactory explanation will lead to a decision of rejection. In addition, in the case that the misconduct is clearly proven after publication, the article will be retracted from the issue. All authors, including their affiliating institutions, will be contacted to address the retraction. Finally, the issue will be officially announced as early as possible in the journal page.