JOVR aims to ensure everything it publishes is ethically sound and complies with the policies and principles set out by:
Authorship and Correspondence
An author is someone who has made significant contributions to the study’s conception or design; acquisition and interpretation of data; drafting of the paper or revision of important intellectual content; and the final approval of the work.
For scientific articles, affiliations should include the institution(s) where the reported research was conducted and/or approved. For non-scientific articles, affiliations should include the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated.
Duplicate Publications and Self-Plagiarism
Any manuscript submitted must be an original piece of work which has not been published anywhere else in a current or similar form.
A preprint is the preliminary version of a manuscript that is made publicly available through a preprint server and/or archive before it is submitted to a journal.
JOVR does not tolerate any type of plagiarism, including but not limited to published and non-published material, images, text and downloads from websites.
Publishing Existing Articles in Translation
JOVR follows ICMJE’s advice on translated works. Translations are acceptable, but they must reference the original article. In such cases, the journal will issue a statement clarifying the purpose of/reason for publishing the translated work which will be added both to the HTML page and the PDF of the translated version with a link to the landing page of the original article rather than issuing a retraction/notice of duplicate publication.
We encourage authors to keep an accurate recording of all data and supporting materials mentioned in the manuscript to facilitate clear understanding, verification and replication in the research.
All articles submitted to the journal undergo an initial assessment by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or a member of the editorial board.
Conflicts of Interest
All conflicts of interest – financial, non-financial, professional or personal – that may affect the objectivity of the research must be declared upon submission. Editors and reviewers are likewise responsible for disclosing any conflicts of interest.
Human and Animal Research
For human or animal studies, approval must be obtained from an institutional or local review board. This information, the name of the review board, and approval numbers/codes should be stated in the manuscript.
According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), a clinical trial 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.”
Corrections, Expressions of Concern and Retractions
To address issues involving serious ethics or integrity concerns, the journal follows ICMJE and COPE guidelines. In line with that, JOVR publishes three types of post-publication notices: Corrections, Expressions of Concern and Retractions.
Corrections are issued if the errors are minor and do not alter the results or conclusion of the reported research. If an author is found to have made an error, the journal will issue a corrigendum, and if the journal’s editorial team is found to have made an error, they will issue an erratum.
Corrigenda and Errata are assigned DOIs and linked to the original articles.
Expressions of Concern (EoC)
Expressions of Concern (EoC) are issued by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief if they have substantial doubt about the honesty and integrity of a published article. An EoC is published as a PDF and linked to the original article, similar to an Erratum or Corrigendum. After an EOC is published, the article may be corrected or retracted.
JOVR follows COPE’s Retraction Guidelines. As such, a retraction may be considered in cases of:
In extreme circumstances, the journal may remove an article from its website. Such events include legal obligations like a court order, privacy infringements, endangerment of an individual or the general public, and defamation.
JOVR draws from the guidelines presented by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to Manage Complaints and Disputes. Should a complaint and/or dispute arise, they may be directed to email@example.com.
Integrity of Record
JOVR maintains a record of all its metadata including article titles, author information, volume, issues and page numbers, etc. The journal ensures that the metadata is accessible to all within a jurisdiction without violating the law of the land and modifying the research content to suit geographical, linguistic or cultural diversity. In the event of a retraction or correction, when the journal needs to alter the publication record in any way, JOVR preserves the indexing and accessing information as much as possible.
The journal applies the same principles to marketing and does not modify or manipulate the representation of the academic record of the article in its marketing activities.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used for the stated purposes of this journal.
Upon publishing, all authors will be automatically registered for content alerts from the publication. To stop receiving the alerts, authors can subsequently unsubscribe through the link provided in the email.
These email addresses will not be made available to any other party.