1. Before you start- Author responsibilities
Research and publication ethics
Caribbean Medical Journal strives to stringently adhere to all the core principles of research and publication ethics. This ensures not only strengthening of its trust with the readership but also promoting high quality scientific publications which have a sound ethical background
Any form of scientific misconduct is abhorred by the journal.
The following are the ethical requirements of the journal:
- All research papers submitted to CMJ must have a statement that it was approved by an Institutional Review Board / Ethics Committee. For clinical trials, any registry information and/or Approval ID number from the IRB must be included.
- Where informed consent is applicable, the paper must explicitly state that either informed consent was obtained from individual subjects or a ‘waiver’ of consent was approved by the IRB
- Case Reports must have a statement that informed consent was obtained from the patient or legal representative
- There should be a meticulous attempt to exclude any protected health and confidential information; photographs must be edited to avoid displaying the identity of the patient
- The corresponding author must assume the responsibility for the data as well the paper submitted, and any form of academic misconduct such as falsification, fabrication, using other’s data without permission, plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated.
- Plagiarism of any type will not be permitted – by definition plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work as one’s own.
- Duplication of submission to different journals, whether in total or in part, including ‘salami’ publications (previously published papers modified with a little new information to convert it into a new paper) are also not permitted.
- Publications in the form of Abstracts, Conference Proceedings are acceptable (from the same study), but this must be notified during submission.
- If the journal editorial team (or the peer-reviewer, or if the journal receives a complaint at a later date) finds any academic misconduct, the journal will investigate the matter, if found true the paper will be retracted and the authors will be blacklisted for future submissions
- Authorship criteria (see below) must be strictly adhered to for naming a person as an author and any discrepancy at a later date will not be entertained
- The covering letter must explicitly state the contribution of each author, and that there is no conflict of interest between the authors and all authors have approved the final version
- The covering letter must also state that the paper is an independent work of the authors and permission was obtained for material borrowed from other sources (if any) and also the source has been explicitly quoted in the paper.