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Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia

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Publication Ethics


Download MJMS Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement


The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards on publications ethics. Submission of an article implies that:

  • The work described has not been published previously except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis.
  • That it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • That its submission and publication in the journal is known and approved by all Authors.
  • The work is the Author’s own and there are no falsifications or fabrication of data, plagiarism including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation and misappropriation of.

Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with using the guidelines issued by the COPE. For further details please visit:


Copyright Policy

Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to transfer copyright. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

Download Copyright Transfer Form


Authorship Policy

Corresponding author is responsible for communication with the journal and between co-authors. Ensure that all authors are included in the list in an agreed order, and that all authors are aware that the paper was submitted. Any changes to the author list after submission needs to be approved by a letter signed by every author.

Authors retain rights of personal use of the material, such as in derivative works, thesis or dissertation, and educational purposes, provided that full acknowledgement is made to the original publication in the journal.

Authors may upload their accepted manuscript PDF to institutional repositories (including PubMed Central); however, the following clause should be included:

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

For commercial uses, permission from the Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia is required.


Conflict of Interest

Authors are requested to disclose any conflict of interest, either financial or personal, that could affect or influence their work.


Originality

Articles must be originally written by the author. Work/words of others have to be appropriately cited or quoted.


Open Access Policy

Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia publishes fully open access journals. All articles are freely available to read, share and download. In accordance to publication ethics and best practices of scholarly publishing, authors and journals must be properly credited.

All articles are accessible via the journal's website and selected indexing databases.


Publication Charges

There are no submission charges or article processing charges (APC).


Language Policy

Manuscript must be written in English.


Submissions

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all Authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission and refereeing system, ScholarOne Manuscripts. New authors must first register at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/maljms. This online submission system will facilitate the submission of manuscripts and streamline the review process as well as publisher’s decision.


Review


Peer-Review

This Journal practices a double-blind peer review policy. The Editorial Board may exercise their prerogative to reject a manuscript without peer review if that article is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted or lacking in significance.

As a peer-reviewed international e-journal the evaluation process is often lengthy, therefore allow a conservative estimate of between three to five months before a formal result is announced.


Publication


Preprints

Manuscripts that has been accepted for publication will be uploaded on the journal’s website. This will occur in advance of the cover date of the published issue. Authors should take this into account when planning their intellectual and patent activities related to a manuscript.


Proof

Proof will be sent to corresponding authors via email as a PDF file. It is therefore essential that all submissions contain the e-mail address of the corresponding author. To avoid delays in publication, proof should be checked carefully and immediately for typographical errors and returned within 48 hours.


Offprint

Author can retrieve their published article from the journal’s website.


Contact Details

Editor-In-Chief
Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus
Kubang Kerian
16150 Kota Bharu
Kelantan, Malaysia
Email: mjms.usm@gmail.com

Journal Administrator
Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Email: mjms.usm@gmail.com