Publication Ethics

Ramathibodi Medical Journal (RMJ) is committed to upholding the integrity of the medical research publication. As recommended by Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), we follow core practices on handling research misconduct and managing complaint and appeal. We use the requirement of authorship recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, Salami slicing, and Multiple Submission

Ramathibodi Medical Journal (RMJ) is against the practice of plagiarism, self-plagiarism, salami slicing, and multiple submission seriously. We will check all submitted manuscripts with plagiarism-checking software and cross-checking with expert reviewers. Upon suspicion of such practices, we will conduct an investigation immediately. The author's explanations may be required based on the degree of evidence. In some cases, we may inform authors' institutes for further investigation. In case of strong suspicion, we reserve the right to reject the manuscript, publish an expression of concern, retract the article, or contact the authors' institutes for taking appropriate action.

Falsification and Fabrication

If submitted manuscript/article is suspected with falsification or fabrication. We will conduct a full investigation, including asking authors to submit original research material such as raw data and original copy of figure. We may contact authors' institutes for investigation cooperation.

Suppose strong evidence of fabrication or falsification is found without satisfactory explanation from the authors. In that case, we reserve the right to reject the manuscript, publish expression of concern, retract the article, or contacting the authors' institutes for taking appropriate action.

Authorship Dispute

In case of complaint about inappropriate authorship, Ramathibodi Medical Journal (RMJ) will decide upon provided evidence from both defender and pursuer. We will use authorship criteria by the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Decision whether to revise the list of author or to retract article will depended on agreement with authors and persuer.

Permissions

Authors must be responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, tools, or translation.

Privacy Statement

All personal identifiable data entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for this journal's purposes. We will not share the data except for the legal requirment.

Publication Ethics for Peer Reviewers

The peer review of manuscripts is a crucial process for Ramathibodi Medical Journal (RMJ). We rely on expertise and objective review by carefully selected researchers to ensure the quality of the published articles. RMJ uses a double-blind peer-review system. Our peer reviewers must agree to follow the following ethics guideline.

1) The peer reviewer must declare a potential conflict of interest to ensure a fair review of the manuscript. Any conflicts of interest that are concerned by the reviewers will be counted. A new reviewer will be assigned if such concern is raised.

2) The peer reviewer must agree and sign to a non-disclosure agreement of all the aspects of the assigned manuscript to guarantee the confidentiality of the manuscript.

3) The peer reviewer must agree to give review with respectfulness and professional manner to maintain quality in the peer-review process.

4) The peer reviewer must agree to finish the review within an agreed timeline to help our journal keep performance standard.

Publication Ethics for Author

Scientific research and publication are built upon the honor system. Hence, "Trust" is the key factor that must be maintained to ensure readers and scientific societies about the journal's quality. All authors must agree to the following ethics guideline.

1) The manuscript must be original work, not a product of plagiarised practice. Authors must make sure that all copyrighted contents have been managed properly.

2) The manuscript must not currently be submitted to other journal(s).

3) Authors must be transparent about potential conflict of interest and funding source(s).

4) All authors must sign in authors' contribution form to reflect individuals’ contributions and accountability.

5) Authors must guarantee that the methodology is clearly described. Results are honestly reported without intended falsification/fabrication to mislead readers.