Editorial Policy

I.  RJMAS Editorial Policy

RJMAS editorial policy describes such as guidelines and publication process of the journal. Specifically RJMAS implement and endeavor to adhere to the following standards and requirements in publishing research articles relevant to medical and allied sciences viz. “COPE, ICMJE, STM, WAME”. RJMAS journal shall review and update the editorial policy periodically as and when needed.

“COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics”
“ICMJE - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors”
“STM - International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers”
“WAME – World Association of Medical Editors”

II.  Publication Criteria

The research study has not been published before (partially or as in one piece) or is also not under consideration for publication elsewhere (except as a summary or an abstract, as part of a published lecture or academic thesis). We shall also consider research work that has been presented at conferences if substantial accounts of changes are made before submission to the RJMAS journal and if proper citation of the conference paper is made. It is obligatory for the authors to certify that no submitted manuscript infringes existing copy rights of any third party. The copyrights of all documents published in RJMAS are retained by the respective authors. The author(s) of the research article should have full authority to enter into agreement and in  giving rights (if any) to RJMAS, which should not breach the rights of any other obligations. The author(s) should ensure the integrity of the research paper and related works. Authors should mandatorily ensure that submission of manuscript to RJMAS would result into no infringement of contract or confidence or secrecy. If a submitted research paper replicates or is very similar to previous work, authors must give a reasonable scientific rationale for the submitted work and evidently reference and discuss the existing literature. Submissions that replicate any existing work shall  likely be rejected if authors do not provide satisfactory justification for the duplication. The language (in English) of the submitted research articles must be obvious, correct, and unambiguous. The research article must meet all applicable specifications and standards for the ethics of experimentation and research. RJMAS believes in creativity, novelty, robustness and technicality of the research work and therefore RJMAS shall carefully peer-review your submissions and publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound.

III.  Agreement for Authorship

An author who has considerable contributions of research work and assisted the improvement of a manuscript as detailed by “ICMJE which recommends that authorship be based on the following criteria: significant intellectual contributions to the conception or plan, design and development of the research work; or the acquisition of data, statistical-computer analysis, or interpretation of data ; and drafting the research work or revising it decisively for important scholarly content; and final approval of the description to be published; and agreement to be made for all aspects of the research work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the research work are pertinently investigated and resolved. Submitting a research manuscript to RJMAS journal indicates that the author(s) have resolved the content of the research article. One of the authors should be indicated as a corresponding author for any future related communications. Any decision associated with the manuscript and galley proofs would be sent only to the corresponding author unless specifically requested during submission of the research article.

IV.  Changes in authorship

RJMAS journal would not be responsible for any dispute related to authorship of a submitted research paper. Whenever there is a need to make such changes in the authorship of a manuscript, the changes will be implemented according to “COPE specification  That is any kind of change in the authorship such as addition or deletion of author(s) or difference in the sequence of author list should be intimated to the editor-in-chief utilizing the authorship form or through notification by the particular corresponding author or by all authors well before the publication of the research work.. Whenever there is a need to make such changes in the authorship of any of your manuscript, the changes will be implemented |matching} to “COPE specification”.

Further reading  

“ICMJE - Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors”
“ COPE – flowcharts on Changes in Authorship”

V.  Acknowledgement

Individuals who participated in the research work or preparation and development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author can be acknowledged for their contributions. Institutions/ Organizations that provided financial support in terms of funding and/or other resources should be acknowledged in the research article.

VI.  RJMAS Peer Review

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two experts of the same field that shall help in identifying the 'strength, weakness, correctness, stability and progress of the work thereby improvement of the quality of a manuscript and medical sciences. We dissuade any attempt by the prospective authors to make contact with the reviewer directly to influence the review process.

VII.  Reviewers

It is a prerequisite for prospective author(s) to submit the name(s), addresses and e-mail addresses of two potential reviewers. We shall avoid those reviewers who may have an obvious competing interest. Therefore the suggested reviewers in the area should not be (i) from the same department or division of a university/institution; ii) have been a research supervisor or student of one of the authors; iii) have collaborated with one of the authors; iv) be employees of non-academic organizations with which one of the authors has collaborated. It is prerogative of the editor-in-chief of RJMAS who shall decide as to whether or not the suggested reviewers to be used or not.   Authors can also identify peers that they want not to review their research paper. RJMAS editorial board shall respect requests, if any, by the authors of the manuscript to keep out some reviewers whom they consider to be inappropriate.

VIII.  Review process

The review procedure is an important aspect of the publication process of an article. It helps an editor-in-chief in making decision on an article and also enables the author to improve the quality of the manuscript. RJMAS operates a double blind peer review process. Author(s) identity is removed from the manuscript and shielded from the reviewers during the review process. The reviewer is left with only the manuscript without any information that might enable him/her uncovers the identity of the author(s). Information removed includes the author(s) name, address/affiliation, country, phone/fax and email. Any information in the Acknowledgement and Declaration of Conflict of Interest that may lead to the uncovering of the identity of the author is also removed from the manuscript prior to sending it to reviewers. Manuscripts are assigned to members of the editorial board of the journal or other qualified reviewers. The review process is done using the Manuscript Management System.

Reviewers make one of the following recommendations:

  1. “Accept As Is”
  2.  “Requires Minor Corrections” or “Requires Moderate Revision” or “Requires Major Revision”
  3. “Submit To Another Publication Such As”
  4. “Reject for  specific reasons”

IX.  A Review Certificate shall be issued to reviewers after the review of the manuscript. The review reports/ comments/suggestions are sent to the authors. However, reviewers’ identity shall be removed from the review reports. A minimum of one or two review reports are required per manuscript for further considerations of the editor-in-chief. On receipt of the author(s) revised manuscript, the original manuscript, the revised manuscript and the review reports are sent to the editor-in-chief to make one of the following decisions:

  1. “Accept”
  2. “The Manuscript Requires Improvement”
  3. “Reject”

X.  Only editor-in-chief has the authority to “Accept” or “Reject” a manuscript. If a manuscript is “Accepted”, an acceptance letter shall be issued to the author(s) and the manuscripts are processed further for publication. If a manuscript is rejected, the authors are informed of the decision and no further processing is done on the manuscript. If a manuscript requires improvement, it is sent to the author(s) with the editor’s recommendation for additional revision(s). The editor makes a final decision on the revised to “Accept” or “Reject” the manuscript.

XI.  Misconduct

Misconduct constitutes infringement of editorial-journal policies, publication ethics, or any applicable guidelines as specified in “COPE, WAME, ICMJE, and STM”. Any other activities that compromise the integrity of the research publication process are considered as potential misconducts. Alleged cases of misconduct shall be investigated according to COPE guidelines”. Link to Plagiarism..

XII.  Correction and retraction of research articles

Corrections may be made to a published article with the authorization of the editor-in-chief of the journal RJMAS shall decide the magnitude of the corrections to be made in the manuscript. Minor corrections shall be made directly to the original research article. However, in cases of major corrections, the original research article shall remain unchanged, while the amended version shall only be considered for publication. If necessary, retraction of research articles shall be done according to “COPE retraction guidelines”

XIII.  Further reading

“ICMJE - Scientific Misconduct, Expressions of Concern, and Retraction”
“COPE Guidelines”
“COPE Flowcharts”
“COPE retraction guidelines”
WAME - Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals”
“STM - International Ethical Principles for Scholarly Publication”

XIV.  Conflict of interest

“Conflict of interest (COI)” if exists when there is a disagreement between an individual’s private interests (competing interests) and his or her responsibilities to scientific and publishing actions such that a sensible viewer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by considerations of his or her competing interests” “WAME”. Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interest that may have influenced the development of the manuscript. Reviewers and Editorial board members should divulge conflict of interest if any and should decline the review of any manuscript or should decline from considering it if they perceive to have a conflict of interest. Such manuscripts will be re-assigned to other competent editorial board members.

XV.  Further reading

“COPE - flowcharts on Conflict of Interest”
“ICMJE - Conflicts of Interest”
“STM – International Ethical Principles for Scholarly Publication”
“WAME - Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals”

XVI.  ONLINE publication of RJMAS and Reprints

RJMAS promote "ONLINE" publications. We also understand that "Reprints" are required by some experts and if reprints are required, should be ordered here (Link)..

XVI.  RJMAS Plagiarism Policy - see the link.