Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal


MHSR-Journal

Editorial Policies (Draft)

Overview

Our MHSRJ is one of the journals that follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publications of scholarly work in Medical Journals. We also follow the recommendations from Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions.

Ethics and Consent
Ethics Approval

All original research articles must have been conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) approval. A statement of the ERC approval reference number and name of the ethics committee should be included within the manuscript where appropriate and it should be made available to the Editor on request. If the research has not been conducted properly in terms of ethical perspective, the submitted manuscript may be rejected.

Consent to participation

The informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained for all research involving human subjects and a statement to this effort should appear in the submitted manuscript.

Research involving animals

Experimental research on animal must comply with institutional, national or international rules and guidelines. We recommend that author comply the ethical guidelines published by International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS), Basel Declaration and ARRIVE guideline. The Editor reserves the right to reject a manuscript if the research involves the experiments that are inconsistent with commonly accepted norms of animal research.

Consent for publication

Any manuscript that contain images, photograph, or video related to personal identification of the participants, written informed consent for the publication of theses must be requested from the participants and/or guardian in case of children. A statement for this effort should include in the manuscript. The authors also must certify that the manuscript represents valid work and that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere.

Trial registration

Appropriate trial registration is encouraged for all manuscript submitted to our Journal. According to the ICMJE guidelines, registration of all clinical trials that are reported in manuscripts submitted to the Journal. The ICMJE uses the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a clinical trial, which is "any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes". This definition includes phase I to IV trials. The ICMJE defines health-related interventions as "any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome" and health-related outcomes as "any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants". Authors who are unsure whether their trial needs registering should consult the ICMJE FAQs for further information. Suitable publicly available registries are those listed on the ICMJE website as well as any of the primary registries that participate in the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, including the Myanmar Health Research Registry (MHRR), which is administered by Department of Medical Research, Myanmar. The trial registration number (TRN) and date of registration should be included at the end of the abstract.

Availability of data and materials

We recommend that material described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, should be available to any scientist for non-commercial purposes, without breaching participant confidentiality. We encourage all relevant data set should deposit in publicly available repositories. All nucleotides Sequences that may be partial, complete or whole genome sequences should be deposited at GenBank (National Center for Biotechnology Information), DDBJ (DNA Data Bank of Japan), EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory Nucleotide Sequence Database) or following MIxS guidelines. Similarly, all protein information should be deposited at Universal Protein Resource (UniProt), proteome data at ProteomeXchange through PRIDE website, phylogenetic data (alignments, phylogenetic trees, or other relevant primary data) at TreeBase or Dryad. The corresponding author should declare the statement, "I had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis" during submission process.

Statistical methods

The authors should include all relevant information on the statistical methods and procedures used in their research according to the SAMPL guidelines. Editors and reviewers will check for appropriateness of the statistical test used and the manuscript will be rejected if statistical tests are inadequate or inappropriate to use.

Standards of reporting

For competency and transparent reporting, the authors must follow the minimum reporting guidelines for health research hosted by the EQUATOR Network when preparing the manuscript. Moreover, the authors should adhere the following guidelines and checklists in appropriate: Observational studies (STROBE), randomized controlled trails (CONSORT) and protocols (SPIRIT), systematic reviews (PRISAM) and protocols (PRISMA-P), case report (CARE), qualitative research (COREQ), diagnostic/prognostic studies (STARD and TRIPOD), Economic evaluations (CHEERS) and preclinical animal studies (ARRIVE).

Competing interests

According to the ICMJE recommendations, the authors submitted to our Journal must declare all competing interests that may be financial or non-financial. All submitted manuscript must include a statement for ''competing interests" section at the end of the manuscript. When authors have no competing interests, "The author(s) declare(s) that they have no competing interests" should be mentioned in the Acknowledgement section. If they have competing interest(s), authors should disclose any [financial competing interests] but also any [non-financial competing interests] that may cause them embarrassment if they were to become public after the publication of the manuscript. Editors and reviewers are also requested to declare any competing interests and will be excluded from peer review process if they have particular competing interest on the submitted manuscript.

Authorship

The statement showing the individual contributions of the authors should be specified in the manuscript to appreciate the appropriate credit to each author. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not usually justify authorship. Please see individual journal's Instructions for Authors for information on the format for listing author contributions as mentioned details in ICMJE guidelines. The corresponding author and each coauthor must read, complete, and agreed to submit the manuscript.

Changes in authorship

According to the COPE guidelines, MHSR Journal requires written confirmation from all authors that they agree with any proposed changes in authorship of submitted manuscripts or published articles. The corresponding author must take the responsibility to ensure that all authors confirm that they agree with the proposed changes.

Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance, or a department chair or administrative personnel who provided only general support.

Citations

The authors must cite appropriate and relevant literatures only in the manuscript. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or coordinated efforts to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged. The authors must follow the following recommendations when preparing the manuscript:
  • The author should site the external sources of information instead of own new ideas or findings.
  • The authors should avoid citation derivations of original work such as review articles. Instead of it, they should cite the original work.
  • The authors should not cite preferentially to their own or their friends', peers' or institution's publications.
  • Authors should not use an excessive number of citation for point without a special reason.
  • The author must sure the citations are accurate and appropriate at the representative work.
  • Authors should not cite advertisements or advertorial material.
  • The authors must not cite a source without reading it.

Duplicate publication

All manuscript submitted to MHSR Journal must be original and the whole or part of the manuscript must not be under consideration by any other journal. In any case where there is the potential for overlap or duplication, authors should declare any potentially overlapping publications on submission and, where possible, upload these as additional files with the manuscript.

Plagiarism assessment

Our MHSR Journal strictly regulated to reject any manuscript with 25% identity after plagiarism assessment using Plagiarism detection software. We will take seriously all cases of publication misconduct. Similarly, self-plagiarism, text recycling that is a replication of text from the authors' previous publication, is considered unacceptable too. In case of the overlap of text with authors' own previous publications is avoidable, it must be reported transparently to the Editor and it must be properly attributed and compliant with copyright requirements.

Peer review process and policy

All submitted manuscripts in MHSR Journal undergo thorough peer-review that usually performed by two independent peer-reviewers using single blind peer review process. Initially, all submitted articles are assessed by an Editor who will decide the submitted one is suitable for peer review or not, using the assessing criteria: material is original and timely, writing is clear and academic, methodology is appropriate, data are valid, conclusion is based on the evidence of the findings, information is important and interesting to readers . In accordance with the Editorial policies, all suitable manuscripts will be sent for peer review by appropriate independent experts in their respective fields. Editors will make a decision mainly based on the reviewer's reports. The authors will receive these report along together with the editorial decision.

Confidentiality

All submitted manuscript in MHSR Journal are handled in confidence. Our MHSR Journal will not share the manuscript with third parties except in cases of suspected misconduct. In accordance with the COPE guidelines, if we suspect the research or publication with possible misconduct, the Editor will contact and share manuscripts with third parties such as authors' institution(s) and ethics committee(s).

Vision : Achieving a healthier nation through application of research findings          Mission Statement : To Develop and promote solutions to the major health problems of Myanmar