Editorial Policy

 

Overview

 

The Journal of Anatomical Sciences endorses the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work.

 

A manuscript submitted to the Journal of Anatomical Sciences implies its conformation to the journal’s policies and that all the authors have read and agreed to these policies.

 

 

Ethics and consent

 

Ethical approval

 

Research involving human participants, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript (including the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption). Manuscripts suggestive of a research which has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework may be rejected.

 

Consent of participation

 

For all research involving human participants, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. Documentary evidence of consent must be supplied if requested.

 

Research involving human embryos, gametes, and stem cells

 

Authors are encouraged to follow the principles laid out in the 2016 ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation for research involving human embryos, gametes, and stem cells. These guidelines cover manuscripts that report experiments involving the use of human embryos and gametes, human embryonic stem cells and related materials, and clinical applications of stem cells, which must include confirmation that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations.

 

Research involving animals

 

Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. The Basel Declaration outlines fundamental principles to adhere to when conducting research in animals and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) has also published ethical guidelines.

 

Conflicts of Interest

It would be the responsibility of the authors to disclose any and all conflicts of interest associated with the publication of their manuscript. This includes the mention of an institution or product in the manuscript which is related to the outcome of the research study conducted. Each manuscript should be accompanied by a ‘Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form’.

 

Conflict of interests may be financial or non-financial. A conflict of interest exists when the authors’ interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by, or may be perceived to be influenced by, their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. Authors should disclose any financial conflict of interests but also any non-financial conflict of interests.

 

Financial conflict of interests include (but are not limited to) Receiving reimbursements, fees, funding, or salary from or holding stocks in an organization which stands to gain or lose financially from the publication of the manuscript. Non-financial conflict of interests include (but are not limited to) political, personal, religious, ideological, academic, and intellectual interests.

 

Duplicate publication

 

Any manuscript submitted to a journal must be original and the manuscript, or substantial parts of it, must not be under consideration by any other journal. In any case where there is the potential for overlap or duplication we require that authors are transparent. Authors should declare any potentially overlapping publications on submission and, where possible, upload these as additional files with the manuscript. Any overlapping publications should be cited. Any ‘in press’ or unpublished manuscript cited, or relevant to the Editor’s and reviewers' assessment of the manuscript, should be made available if requested by the Editor.  journal reserve the right to judge potentially overlapping or redundant publications on a case-by-case basis.

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