Copyright and License
International Journal of Echinococcoses requires each submission to be accompanied by a Copyright Agreement and Acknowledgement of Authorship Form (available for download www.echinococcoses.org When using previously published content, including figures, tables, or any other material in both print and electronic formats, authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder. Legal, financial and criminal liabilities in this regard belong to the author(s). By signing this form authors retain the copyright of their work and agree that the article, if accepted for publication by the International Journal of Echinococcoses will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC).
An approval of research protocols by the Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki “Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects,” amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies and for some case reports. If required, ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document will be requested from the authors. For manuscripts concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows that written informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo. For studies carried out on animals, the measures taken to prevent the pain and suffering of the animals should be stated clearly. Information on patient consent, the name of the ethics committee, and the ethics committee approval number should also be stated in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. It is the authors’ responsibility to protect the patients’ anonymity carefully.
For photographs that may reveal the identity of the patients, signed releases of the patient or their legal representative should be enclosed, and the publication approval must be provided in the Materials and Methods section.
Peer Review Policy
The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards Review Policy and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.
- Initial Manuscript Evaluation: The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review.
- Type of Peer Review: Policy employs triple blinded reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.
- How the Referee is Selected?: Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise and our database is constantly being updated.
- Referee Reports: Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: – Is original – Is methodologically sound – Follows appropriate ethical guidelines – Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions – Correctly references previous relevant work.
Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.
- How Long Does the Review Process Take?: The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Should the referee’s reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. The Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.
- Final Report: A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.
- Editor’s Decision is Final: Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
International Journal of Echinococcoses is extremely sensitive about plagiarism. All submissions are screened by a similarity detection software (iThenticate by CrossCheck) at any point during the peer-review and/or production process. Even if you are the author of the phrases or sentences, the text should not have an unacceptable similarity with the previously published data.
When you are discussing others’ (or your own) previous work, please make sure that you cite the material correctly in every instance.
In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/ fabrication, the Editorial Board will follow and act following COPE guidelines.
Open Access Policy
International Journal of Echinococcoses provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supporting a greater global exchange of knowledge. Open access means that all content is freely available on the internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution and the only role for copyright in this domain, is given to authors to retain control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.
The articles in International Journal of Echinococcoses are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
International Journal of Echinococcoses is an open access fully refereed international medical journal that publishes interesting original research conducted in all fields of medicine, interesting case reports and clinical images, reviews, editorials, letters, comments and letters to the Editor including reports on publication and research ethics in the field of echinococcosis.
The journal is based on independent and unbiased triple-blinded peer-reviewed principles. Only unpublished papers that are not under review for publication elsewhere can be submitted. The language of the journal is English The Editorial Board of International Journal of Echinococcoses adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the editorial and scientific content of Annals of Medical Researchand the timing of publication of the content. Manuscripts that comply with the main rules of the journal are sent to at least two external reviewers, and the reviewers are asked for their opinion about the suitability of the paper for publication. The reviewed manuscripts are then re-reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board and a decision of rejection or acceptance is shaped.
All articles submitted to International Journal of Echinococcoses for publication should be reviewed for their originality, methodology, importance, quality, ethical nature and suitability for the journal. If the reviewers need, they can go through Aims and Scope and Author Information for detailed information. International Journal of Echinococcoses asks reviewers to make a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. Peer reviewers should provide an objective critical evaluation of the paper in the broadest terms practicable. The reviewers’ reports should contain a recommendation and a description of their reasons for that recommendation. If the reviewers believe the paper needs changes to be made before it is acceptable, they should make suggestions on how to improve the paper. In the same way, if the reviewers feel that a paper is not good enough and has no real prospects of being improved sufficiently to be published they should recommend rejection. The reviewers may indicate if the manuscript requires its english grammar, punctuation or spelling to be corrected. International Journal of Echinococcoses encourages the reviewers to comment on possible research or publication misconduct like unethical research design, duplication or plagiarism. If the reviewers have any suspect, the editors can provide them information obtained by plagiarism screening tools (i.e. iThenticate).
International Journal of Echinococcoses requests reviewers to treat the manuscripts in confidence. The material of the manuscripts must not be used or shared in any way until they have been published. International Journal of Echinococcoses follows the COPE flowchart in cases of suspected reviewer misconduct. Please refer to COPE ethical guidelines for peer reviewers for “Basic principles to which peer reviewers should adhere” and “Expectations from reviewers”. If the reviewers have any potential conflict of interests, they must notify the Editor-in-Chief before agreeing to review a submission. The Editors will act in accordance with the relevant international rules of publication ethics such as COPE guidelines, ICMJE Recommendations or WAME resources if any ethical misconduct is suspected. The submission process for a manuscript is completed online through a submission system through the following website: https://www.ejmanager.com/my/ecc/ The reviewers can also reach their personal pages: https://www.ejmanager.com/reviewers/index.php?isl=login. The invitation sent to reviewers provides a date when the Editorial Board requires to have received the reviewers’ comments.