It is the position of this Journal that ethical standards must be upheld and respected in the preparation and realization of research, as well as in the writing style of the papers (avoid prejudice, protect confidentiality of the patients, etc.). Please state in the cover letter that: (a) Ethical standards have been respected, and (b) participants, if any, have signed a consent form (see in the relevant ethical guidelines when written consent is not relevant and required, such as in the use of information already available in the public domain or in research that do not involve human participants). If you are not required in your country or institution to follow a specific code of ethical standards in research, please make sure that your research adheres to one of the five suggested codes: American Psychological Association, IEEE Code of Ethics, Clinical Trial Directives of the European Parliament, or Tri-Council Policy Statement of Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans or the Helsinki Declaration. In the paper, the authors must state that the study was conducted in accordance to ethical standards, including the use of a consent form (unless irrelevant). Ethical standards also apply to research that is not conducted with humans (e.g., animal protection protocol) and to publishing issues (e.g., plagiarism, research fraud, authorship misappropriation, duplication of publications).
Conflict of interests
It is the position of this Journal that potential conflicts of interest must be made available to the readers since an author’s economic and commercial interests may, even involuntarily, bias objectivity. Economic and commercial interests do not necessarily constitute a conflict of interest, and conflicts of interest do not necessarily imply biased research. But the best practice is to disclose activities and relationships that, if known to others, might be viewed as a conflict of interest. Potential, or actual, conflict of interests must be disclosed by each author in the cover letter and in the author’s note in the article.
Potential conflicts of interests include, but are not limited to: (a) funding or remuneration, including salaries and equipment, from organizations that may gain or lose financially through the publication of the paper; (b) personal financial interests, including receiving royalties or holding stocks and shares in companies that may gain or lose financially from publication; (c) holding patent and patent applications whose financial value may be affected; (d) employment by an organization that may gain or lose from publication of the paper. If you have no conflict of interest to declare, please state "The author(s) report no financial or other conflict of interest relevant to the subject of this article." All contributing authors and reviewers are encouraged to contact the Editor at any stage in the manuscript review process if they believe that a potential conflict of interest requires to be examined.
In the cover letter
Please, state any potential conflict of interest and confirm adherence to ethical standards. If regulatory boards exist in your country, please state that your research was conducted in accordance to which guidelines (e.g., American Psychological Association, Helsinki Declaration, IEEE Code of Ethics, Clinical Trial Directives of the European Parliament, Tri-Council Policy Statement of Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans).
Also confirm in the cover letter that the corresponding author assume responsibility for keeping the coauthors informed of the review process, the content of the reviews, and any revisions made. Each author on the manuscript must have a substantive intellectual contribution.
In the submitted manuscript and published article
Please state in the author’s note any potential conflict of interests. If you have no conflict of interest to declare, please state "The author(s) report no financial or other conflict of interest relevant to the subject of this article." Financial support for the study must always be disclosed, whether from governmental, nonprofit, or commercial sources. Also in the author’s note, indicate that the study was conducted in compliance with an appropriate Ethical Code of Conduct.
The Method section must include a statement describing how informed consent was obtained from the participants (or their parents/guardians) and the project approved by a review board for ethics in research. For research with animals, please state that the study was conducted in compliance with an appropriate code of ethics for using animals in research.
Our Journal pays careful attention to the protection of a patient’s anonymity in case reports and elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials and hospital numbers must be avoided. Also, authors should disguise identifying information when discussing patients’ characteristics and personal history.
The language of the journal is English. Submissions should follow American Psychological Association (APA) format. Format questions not addressed in the checklist below can be sent to the Managing Editor
Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. If selected for publication, authors must sign and return a Copyright Transfer Form (available on the website or from the Publisher). Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.
Papers will be evaluated anonymously by multiple members of the Editorial Board. They will be reviewed based on scientific merit, originality, readability, and interest to the readership.
Typeset proofs will be sent to the author for review. This stage is only for correcting errors
The original manuscript should be double-spaced and formatted for A4 paper (.27in. x 11.69 in.; 21cm. x 29.7cm.) with adequate and consistent margins on all pages.
A cover letter must be included with the manuscript. The letter should include the author's postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number for future correspondence and a statement that the manuscript is original, not previously published, and not under concurrent consideration elsewhere.
Title Page and Abstract
• The title should be 10 to 12 words.
The levels of headings should accurately reflect the organization of the paper, and all headings of the same level must appear in the same format. An example can be found at: http://www.imieurope.eu/downloads/JCR_spring_2008.pdf
Any unnecessary abbreviations should be eliminated and any necessary ones must be explained when they first appear. Abbreviations in tables and figures need to be explained in the table notes and figure captions or legend.
References must follow APA format.
The departmental affiliation should be given for each author in the author note.
Every table column must have a heading.
Written permission to use previously published text, tests or portions of tests, tables, or figures must be enclosed with the manuscript. Page or paragraph numbers need to be provided in text for all quotations.