An open access, peer reviewed, bi-annual biomedical journal of the Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University
It is policy of the Journal of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (JTMU) to publish articles pertaining to different fields of medical sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Applied Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.) providing sufficient contribution to medical knowledge. The articles may include new experimental methods of medical importance; new results obtained experimentally; new interpretation of existing results or data pertaining to clinical problems; or epidemiological work giving substantial scientific information pertaining to medical sciences.
All such articles should aim for development of medical concepts rather than mere recording of facts. Incomplete studies will be discouraged.
- To publish original, well documented, peer reviewed clinical and basic sciences articles.
- To inculcate the habit of medical writing.
- To enable medical professionals to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own.
- To share the experience and knowledge for benefit of patients.
- To document medical problems pertinent to community
- To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read.
Conflict of interest exists when as author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationship are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion. Increasingly, individual studies receive funding from commercial firms, private foundations, and government. The conditions of this funding have the potential to bias and otherwise discredit the research.
When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist.
It is the discretion of editorial committee of JSTMU to resolve any conflict of interest between the author(s) and reviewers. Editors may choose not to consider an article for publication if they feel that the research is biased by the sponsors funding the research project.
The journal uses best practices for checking plagiarism in the content submitted and has the rights to inform the author and reject the manuscript based on set limits. Manuscripts are screened for plagiarism using iThenticate / Turnitin software. An unacceptable level of similarity will be returned for resubmission after appropriate corrections made by the author(s). Those found guilty or involved in publication misconduct are liable to be black listed.
Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and representing them as one’s own original work. Within the academia, researcher is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. Plagiarism can be unintentional or intentional reproducing academic material without appropriate citation. Similarly, self-plagiarism is the re-use of significant, identical or near identical portions of one’s own work without citing the original work. This is also known as “Recycling fraud”. Worst form of plagiarism is to steal the whole article from some journal and publish it under own name in another journal. Lately the use of internet has made it easier to plagiarize, by copying the electronic tests and using them as original work. It is the policy of editorial committee of JSTMU to blacklist any author found to be guilty of plagiarism. The name of author(s) committing plagiarism will also be disseminated to editors of other medical journals.
The journal requires certificate from respective Institutional Review Board / Ethical Committee for the research encompassed in the submitted manuscript.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
In case of any study involving clinical trial, taking of informed consent of patients is mandatory.
Whenever editorial committee of JSTMU feels necessary, the research paper will be referred to the ethical committee, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University.