1. IJHHR’s Editor-In-Chief, Publisher, and Editorial Board members firmly uphold the COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, WAME’s Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals, and WAME’s Recommendations on Chatbots, Generative AI, and Scholarly Manuscripts. Therefore, where necessary and appropriate, all contributing authors, editorial board, peer reviewers, and the IJHHR’s publisher are obligated to conduct themselves ethically per these organizations’ recommendation guidelines.
2. Authors are expected to adopt the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) to describe each contributor’s specific contribution to the research output. IJHHR follows the standard criteria for authorship as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and WAME’s Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals, therefore, contributing authors in a manuscript must meet the set criteria.
3. The IJHHR’s Editor-In-Chief, Editorial Board members, and Publisher are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the journal by following the COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. When either the IJHHR’s publisher, Editor-in-Chief, or Editorial Board is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published paper, they shall follow the above recommendation guidelines to deal with such concern. There can be a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or any other relevant note published on IJHHR’s website if, upon investigation, the ethical concern is well-founded.
4. IJHHR also follows IMJE’s guidance on Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Relationships and Activities, and Conflicts of Interest. Intentional failure to disclose relationships or activities specified on the journal’s disclosure form constitutes a form of misconduct by the contributing author(s). Additionally, contributing authors must adequately disclose whether and how Chatbots and Generative AI were used to perform different functions in their submitted manuscript per the WAME’s Recommendations on Chatbots, Generative AI, and Scholarly Manuscripts.
5. The authors can make their research data publicly available per the above recommendation guidelines and the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases. The author(s) must preserve the research data for a reasonable period after publication. Authors can share their raw data on existing dataverses such as Harvard Dataverse and preprint servers.
6. The IJHHR’s publisher, Editor-In-Chief, and Editorial Board members shall take adequate measures to uncover and avoid the publication of articles in which misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data fabrication.
7. Contributing authors in IJHHR retain their copyright besides third-party images and other materials added by the publisher, which are subject to copyright from their respective owners. Author (s) must obtain all necessary copyright release permissions for the use of any copyrighted materials in the manuscript prior to the submission. The author(s) must grant IJHHR publisher permission to publish, including displaying, storing, copying, and reusing their content.
8. The author(s) of a research paper in IJHHR can publish a retraction when they notice a substantial mistake in their study. The Editor-In-Chief or IJHHR’s publisher may also decide that a retraction is necessary per COPE Guidelines for Retracting Articles and related ethical recommendations mentioned above, including the WAME’s Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals. Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the research data or a reader’s ability to understand a published paper and do not involve a scientific error or omission will be corrected, and the initial article will be removed and replaced with the corrected version. The date the correction is made will be noted on the corrected article. An original article can only be removed and replaced with a corrected version less than one year after the original publication date. Corrections to an article with a publication date older than one year will only be documented by a Note of Correction.