Publication Ethics

 

Publication and authorship

  • A statement should be included in the title page indicating any financial support the authors had received.
  • The authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.
  • Authors should sign a copyright form stating that the article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form. The same research must not be published in more than one journal. 

Author's responsibilities

  • Based on the newly released recommendations by the ICMJE, “an Author” is generally considered to be someone who meets the following conditions 4 criteria:

    1. Substantial contribution to the Concept or design of study; or acquisition of data, analysis or interpretation of data; and

    2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and

    3. Final approval of the version to be published; and

    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.

    The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.

  • Authors should actively participate in the peer review process and provide suitable responses to the comments raised by peer reviewers on time.
  • Authors must state that all data in the article are real and authentic.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • Copyright: If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author 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

  • Judgments should be objective;
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders;
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited;
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
  • Reviewers should advise editors and the final decision on an article is made by the Editors-in-Chief.
  • Reviewers should provide constructive comments to improve the quality of the article. 

Editorial responsibilities

  • The Editors-in-Chief have 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. 

Publishing ethics issues

  • As JKH follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), for information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines, please visit COPE. The Journal also follows the guidelines mentioned in the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (http://www.icmje.org/#privacy). The research that involves human beings (or animals) must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/ b3/index.html).

  • Clinical trial registry:JKH would publish clinical trials that have been registered with a clinical trial registry. Authors are asked to provide registration details.

  • Informed consent: According to ICMJE guidelines, patients or in general research participants have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Also all patients and participants of the research should be thoroughly informed about the aims of the study and any possible side effects of the drugs and intervention. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.

  • Conflict of interest: According to ICMJE guidelines, a conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer or editor has personal or financial relationships that influence (bias) inappropriately his/her action (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion. Authors must make sure that they have declared any actual or potential conflicts of interest in their manuscript when submitting their work (if any). The corresponding author is responsible for confirming with the co-authors whether they have any conflicts to be declared or not (For further information please visits ICMJE). 

  • Plagiarism: We accept all terms and conditions of COPE  about plagiarism and if any attempt of plagiarism is seen with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE. All submissions will be checked with NBridge Software in 2 stages: New submission and after acceptance from the editorial boards. 

  • Copyright: The entire contents of JKH are protected under international copyrights. This Journal is for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.

  • Misconducts: JKH prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In the event that the journal is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article, JKH shall follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.

  • COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached upon confronting any ethical misbehavior.

  • The JKH precludes business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

  • The Editors-in-Chief are always willing to publish corrections, clarifications.

  • 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: The JKH 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.



ISSN: 3753-2345