Ethics & Copyright

Ethics statement

  • Where applicable, Journal of Associated Medical Sciences requires that authors provide an Ethics statement which details the relevant ethical standards that were met when conducting the research.
  • Ethics statements are required whenever the research is conducted on human and animals, or whenever the approval of an institutional review board was required.
  • In addition to providing an Ethics statement upon submission, this statement must be provided in the “Materials and Methods” section of the manuscript, detailing full information regarding the approval (including the name of the granting organization, and the approval reference number). However, if an approval reference number is not provided, written approval must be provided, upon submission, in the form of a confidential supplemental file.

Human Rights and Informed Consent

All individuals have rights in protecting themselves from being infringed upon. Individual participants in research studies have the right to decide how their personal identifiable information is used, as well as any interview materials or photographs. Identifying details such as personal names, dates of birth, biometrical characteristics (facial features, fingerprint, writing style, DNA or another distinguishing characteristic), geolocation information, and health status of research subjects should not be used without permission by the subjects or guardians. Under some circumstances, consent is not required if information of the human subjects is not required. However, masking of the eye region in photographs of participants is inadequate protection of anonymity and informed consent is required. Exceptions to the need for consent may include anonymized radiographic images, ultrasound images, or pathology slides.

Consent and already available data and/or biologic material

Regardless of whether material is collected from living or dead subjects, written permission must be obtained from either the subjects, or the families or guardians of the subjects if the written pre-mortem consent has not been provided.

Data protection, confidentiality and privacy

When biological material is donated or data are generated as part of a research project, authors should ensure, as part of the informed consent procedure, that the participants are made fully aware of what kind of information will be used, how it will be used, and for what purpose it will be used. In case that data is acquired via a biobank, the authors must strictly follow the data protection policy of the biobank providers and inform the Institutional Review Board for approval the ethics of this kind of data collection.

Consent to participate

For all research involving human subjects, freely-given, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their parents or legal guardians in the case of children under 18 years old) and a statement to this effect should appear in any published paper. In the case of articles describing human transplantation studies, authors must include a statement declaring that no organs or tissues were obtained from prisoners and must also name the institution(s)/clinic(s)/department(s) via which organs or tissues were obtained.

Consent to publish

Individuals may participate the study, but refuse to have their data published in a journal article. Authors should make sure to seek the consent from participants to publish their data prior to submitting the manuscript.

Summary of requirements

The above-mentioned statement should be summarized and included in an appropriate section of the publication where data or information is used.

Copyright permissions

Open-Access publishing of an article in Journal of Associated Medical Sciences leaves the copyright to the authors. The article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC-BY 4.0), which allows users to read, copy, distribute and make derivative works from the material, as long as the authors of the original work is cited.

Plagiarism

Plagiarized content will not be considered for publication. If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may issue a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate. We reserve the right to inform authors' institutions about plagiarism detected either before or after publication.

Journal of Associated Medical Sciences uses Turnitin which is supported by Chiang Mai University to screen submitted content for originality. Plagiarism is suspected when the percentage of similarity is higher than 25%. In such cases, the Editor-in-Chief will be informed. Most importantly, clear indications of plagiarism will result in immediate rejection.

 

Publication Ethics

Duties of Authors

  1. The author must ensure that the submitted paper or work has never been previously published.
  2. The author must present an accurate and true factual information derived from the research in the submitted paper without any manipulation or false presentation of the information.
  3. If the author uses the work and/or words of other authors or researchers, they must be appropriately cited or quoted.
  4. The author must comply with “Manuscript Preparations Instructions” when preparing the manuscript.
  5. Authorship must be limited to those who made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research or study.
  6. The author must provide the name of the institution or person(s) who provided research grants (If any).
  7. Authors must state the ethical approval code and conduct informed consent for human subject research (If any).
  8. Authors must include a statement or text describing the experimental procedures that affirms all appropriate measures were taken for animal subject research (if any).
  9. The author must detail vested interest (If any).

Duties of Editors

  1. The editors are responsible for assessing the quality papers submitted publication.
  2. The editors must not reveal the identity of the author(s) and the reviewers to others during the assessment processes.
  3. The editors must arrive at a decision about which paper to be published based on its intellectual contents that are in accordance with the policies of the journal.
  4. The editors must not publish any paper that has been previously published elsewhere.
  5. The editors must not reject any paper simply because they have doubts or uncertainties about any part of the submitted paper. They must find concrete evidence to resolve doubts or uncertainties.
  6. The editors must not defend or act in their own interest or the interest of the author(s), reviewers, and administrative board.
  7. The editors must make sure no plagiarism is committed, using reliable plagiarism detection programs/tools.
  8. In case plagiarism is discovered, the editors must stop assessing the submitted paper and contact the corresponding author immediately seeking explanation for any part of the paper deemed plagiarized before deciding whether the paper is “accepted” or “rejected.”

Duties of Reviewers

  1. The reviewers must keep all the information of the submitted paper confidential and must not reveal any part of the submitted paper to anyone other than those involved in the reviewing processes.
  2. After receiving a paper, reviewers may discover that they have vested interest in the submitted paper in that they are co-authors, know the author(s) personally. In such cases, they should inform the editors of this occurrence and should disqualify themselves from being reviewers.
  3. Reviewers should evaluate submitted papers in disciplines in which they specialize, taking into account intellectual contents of the paper, it’s data analysis, and substantive contents of the research article. They must refrain from using their own groundless, personal judgement to evaluate submitted papers.
  4. In the evaluation processes, the reviewers must point out significant studies that are significantly related to the submitted paper but the author fail to include or mention in his or her submitted paper. The reviewers are encouraged to inform the editors of any similarities between the submitted paper and other papers/studies.