Publishing Ethics

Annals of Postgraduate Medical Science pays great attention to ethical issues. We agree that publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is, therefore, important to agree upon standards of the expected ethical behaviour.

To minimize the risk of non-ethical behaviour, the following rules are implemented:
  • the Journal uses the editorial system;
  • authors declare an existing / non-existing conflict of interest which ensures transparency and reliability;
  • “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” as manifestations of scholarly unreliability are unacceptable;
  • a double blind peer-review system is used;
  • reviewers cannot be affiliated in the same institutions as the authors and /or have joint publications over the last 4 years;
  • plagiarism, understood to be an intentional act of quoting or copying parts of another author’s work without attribution, is unacceptable; if found, it results in rejecting or retracting (if published) the article;
  • duplicate publications by the same author are acceptable only provided that they, although based on the same research results, vary and bring a new point of view; otherwise, it is treated as self-plagiarism, which is, same as plagiarism, unacceptable;
  • in special cases, the Journal allows re-publication of the non-English material originally published elsewhere translated into English; however, the consent of the original publisher and the corresponding annotation are required;
  • authors may submit results already presented at meetings as abstracts or posters; however, the editor must decide whether such pre-publication of data would somehow compromise the publication of the article;
  • in case of a complaint is made against our author, the general rule is that the journal editor should contact the author about whom the complaint has been made, and the author should be given ab opportunity to respond/comment. The editor may decide on the basis of the author’s response (e.g. if the author is responsive, articulates a clear and convincing position – and may draw inferences from the opposite as well); in extreme situations, after a thorough analysis, the Journal can decide to withdraw the paper;
  • if the Editor Board’s members or editors submit as authors, they are subject to the same procedure as other authors.
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