Policies and Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines for Specific Research Areas

Ethics in conducting research and publishing

The research work described in the submitted article must have been conducted according to the ethical principles suggested in The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. Appropriate approvals with documentation including institution, review board and permit numbers must be submitted as a source file with the manuscript. Precautionary measures should be made to protect the privacy of research subjects and the confidentiality of their personal information unless disclosure of the information is crucial. Authors are encouraged to follow the Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines and recommendations of the Weatherall report (2006) for all studies on non-human primates. Good Publication Practice (GPP2) for Communicating Company-Sponsored Medical Research provides comprehensive guidance for the studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Studies involving animals must have been approved by the authors' institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC). Appropriate approval documentation including institution, review board and permit numbers must be submitted as a source file with the manuscript. Manuscripts describing studies that use death as an endpoint will be subject to additional ethical considerations. 

Research studies on cultivated or wild plants including plant material collection, must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines and authors should comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Voucher specimens must be deposited in a recognized public herbarium. Manuscript should include the deposited information and who identified it along with a statement specifying the appropriate permissions and/or licenses in accordance with local legislation.

 

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