Ethical Considerations

 | Post date: 2017/05/18 | 

Development Strategies in Medical Education expects the highest ethical standards from their authors, reviewers and editors when conducting research, submitting papers and throughout the peer-review process. DSME is a member of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and follows their recommendations on publication ethics and standards.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its electronic contents on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Authors' Responsibilities

• Author(s) should actively participate in the peer review process and provide suitable responses to the comments raised by peer reviewers on time.
• All authors must have significantly contributed to the research.
• Author(s) must state that all data in the article are real and authentic.
• All authors are required to provide the flawless manuscripts, namely, rectify all the problems.
• Copyright: If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscripts.

Peer Review/Responsibility for the Reviewers

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author. No self-knowledge of the author(s) must affect their comments and decision.
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments in 500 to 1000 words.
  4. Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  5. Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Editorial Responsibilities

• The Editor-in-chief has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
• Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept.
• When errors are found in a manuscript, the editors promote publication of correction or retraction
• the anonymity of reviewers is preserved

Conflicts of  Interest

All authors of must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript. 

 Publishing Ethics Issues

• Journal of Development Strategies in Medical Education precludes business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

• The Editors-in-Chief are always willing to publish corrections, clarifications.
• Plagiarism: Use of verbatim texts from other sources without acknowledgement is prohibited. The content of all articles must be the original work of authors and must not be plagiarized from other articles.

• Data falsification/fabrication: Falsification is the practice of omitting or altering research materials, data, or processes so that the results of the research are no longer accurately reflected. Fabrication is the practice of inventing data or results and reporting them in the research. Both of these misconducts are fraudulent and seriously alter the integrity of research. Therefore, articles must be written based on original data and use of falsified or fabricated data is strongly prohibited.

• Image manipulation: Journal of Development Strategies in Medical Education encourages authors to send their original images. All digital images in manuscripts accepted for publication will be checked for inappropriate manipulation. No specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable as long as they are applied to the entire image and do not misrepresent any information present in the original, including the background. The editors will request the original data from the authors to compare the manipulated figures in cases suspected of inappropriate manipulation.


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