Review Policy

Review Policy

Peer review process

Peer review process helps editors select manuscripts suitable for publication. Reviewers can advise editors, but the editor-in chief makes the final decision regarding the acceptance of the submitted manuscript. Decisions may also be made based on issues other than the quality of the manuscript, such as suitability for the journal readership. The editor-in-chief may reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance, if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by at least two reviewers within four weeks according to the specific criteria including the research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. Authors are advised to send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be automatically archived.

  • Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.
  • The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.
  • Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.
  • They should not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.
  • The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.
  • Reviewers should declare their potential conflicts of interest and decline review if one exists. Knowing the author(s) should not affect their comments and decision.

 

Plagiarism

Definition: When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication; sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to 'salami-slicing', which is data segmentation, to adding little new data to the previous article.

Policy: The editorial team/reviewers of “Advanced Journal of Emergency Medicine (AJEM)” will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) using available plagiarism detection software such as iThenticate. If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, the journal will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts

 

Editorial independence

The editor-in-chief makes the final decision regarding publication or rejection of the submitted manuscripts without interference of its owner (Emergency Medicine Department of Tehran University of Medical Sciences) or other authorities or sources of economic interest.