Publication Ethics

Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors/Authors/Reviewers. Download the COPE Guideline.

Duties of Editor/Editorial Board

Publication decisions: The editor of AIMDR is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play: An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. 

Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. 

AIMDR follow the Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. Download the guideline. 

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. The authors should maintain that the work has not been published anywhere. Simultaneously, the author should also see to it that if AIMDR accepts the paper, then it will not be published exactly in the same manner elsewhere, or in the same form, either in English or in any other language.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Retraction guidelines

AIMDR Journal follow the COPE Guideline for retraction. To know more, please download the COPE retraction guideline here – Download.

  • Consider retracting a publication if any of the following conditions are met:
  • Clear evidence exists that the findings are unreliable due to significant errors (e.g., miscalculations or experimental errors), fabrication of data, or falsification of results (e.g., image manipulation).
  • The publication constitutes plagiarism.
  • The findings have been previously published elsewhere without proper attribution, disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or a justifiable reason (e.g., redundant publication).
  • Material or data has been included without authorization for use.
  • Copyright infringement or other serious legal issues (e.g., libel or privacy concerns) are present.
  • The publication reports unethical research.
  • The publication has been published solely based on a compromised or manipulated peer review process.
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a significant competing interest (conflict of interest) that, in the view of the editor, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.

Notices of retraction should:

  • Be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (in all online versions).
  • Clearly identify the retracted article (e.g., by including the title and authors in the retraction heading or by citing the retracted article).
  • Be clearly identified as a retraction (distinct from other types of correction or comment).
  • Be published promptly to minimize harmful effects.
  • Be freely available to all readers (not behind access barriers or restricted to subscribers).
  • State who is retracting the article.
  • State the reason(s) for retraction.
  • Be objective, factual, and avoid inflammatory language.

Retractions are generally not appropriate if:

  • Authorship is disputed, but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings.
  • The main findings of the work are still reliable, and the errors or concerns can be adequately addressed through correction.
  • The editor has inconclusive evidence to support retraction or is awaiting additional information, such as from an institutional investigation.

In addition, if conflicts of interest are reported by the authors after publication, but the editor believes they are unlikely to have influenced interpretations, recommendations, or conclusions of the article, retraction may not be necessary.

Publishing Malpractices and duties of our publisher

AIMDR Journal follow the guideline of COPE regarding publishing malpractices. Click here to know the guidelines. Download the guidelines here

AIMDR Journal follows the below mentioned guidelines for regarding retractions, corrections and publishing malpractices, and publisher or editors: