Aim and Scope

The Siriraj Medical Bulletin (SMB) aims to promote communication among researchers in the health science. It is published quarterly and accepts the manuscripts in the form of the original article and review article. It is academically double-blinded peer-reviewed and designed for all healthcare personnel regardless of their specialties.

Publication Schedule

Quarterly; 1st issue January - March, 2nd issue April - June, 3rd issue July - September, 4th issue October - December

ISSN   2697-4436 (Online)

Submission

Original article > this link

Review article > this link

Publication Ethics

Contribution to the editorial decision, peer review plays a great role through constructive communication with the authors and the Editor. Adding to the specific ethics-related duties described below, reviewers are asked generally to treat authors and their work as they would like to be treated themselves and to observe good reviewing etiquette.

SMB follows World Medical Association (WMA) Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles For Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. The WMA has developed the Declaration of Helsinki as a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects, including research on identifiable human material and data. The primary purpose of medical research involving human subjects is to understand the causes, development and effects of diseases and improve preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions (methods, procedures and treatments). Even the best proven interventions must be evaluated continually through research for their safety, effectiveness, efficiency, accessibility and quality. From 1 March 2009, it is mandatory that authors must submit an institutional review board (IRB) during the submission process. Additionally, the journal requires public clinical trial registry for clinical trial operated after 1 March 2009. Registry number should be found in brackets, at the last line of abstract.

Author Ethics

Contribution: A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, it must not be published elsewhere in a similar form, in any languages, without the consent of SMB. Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the study to a significant extent. Although the editors and reviewers make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, or the publisher.

Accuracy: The authors of the original article must present accurate results from study methodology, study results, and reviews. The results are systematic and accurate, clear, without manipulation or false information to make the results interesting. The conclusion of the study should be based on the study's data, not the author's own thoughts.

Conflict of Interest: Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript.

Patient Anonymity and Informed Consent: The corresponding author of an Image article, Video article, or Correspondence reporting a case report must provide a written guarantee on the title page at the time of submission indicating that the subject(s) of the case report or their parent/guardian provided informed consent to publish the included information. No forms are required.  Authors should remove patients' names and other identifying information from figures. If any identifying details appear in text, tables, and/or figures, the author must provide proof of informed consent obtained from the patient (i.e., a signed permission form). Photographs with bars placed over eyes of patients should NOT be used in publication. If they are used, permission from the patient is required.

Reviewer Ethics

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not share the review or information about the paper with anyone or contact the authors directly without permission from the editor. Some editors encourage discussion with colleagues or co-reviewing exercises, but reviewers should first discuss this with the editor in order to ensure that confidentiality is observed and that participants receive suitable credit. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviewers should consult the Editor before agreeing to review a paper where they have potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Reviews should be conducted objectively.  Reviewers should be aware of any personal bias they may have and take this into account when reviewing a paper. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

A reviewer should be alert to potential ethical issues in the paper  and should bring these to the attention of the editor, including any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation.

Duties of Editors

The Editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. They must ensure transparency and complete, honest reporting, and should ensure that peer reviewers and authors have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

The editors shall ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely.  Research articles must typically be reviewed by at least two external and independent reviewers, and where necessary the editor should seek additional opinions.

The editor shall select reviewers who have suitable expertise in the relevant field, taking account of the need for appropriate, inclusive and diverse representation. The editor shall follow best practice in avoiding the selection of fraudulent peer reviewers. The editor shall review all disclosures of potential conflicts of interest and suggestions for self-citation made by reviewers in order to determine whether there is any potential for bias.

Publication Decisions

A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, it must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the consent of SMB.

 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 issues such as libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers (or society officers) in making these decisions.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism Detection: SMB checks plagiarism, using Turnitin, a plagiarism screening service to verify the originality of content submitted before publication. Turnitin checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use Turnitin to screen their work before submission by visiting www.turnitin.com. Author's manuscript plagiarism percentage must not exceed 20%. If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published, the Journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is proven, the Journal will contact the author’s institute and funding agencies as appropriate. The paper containing the plagiarism may also be formally retracted or subject to correction.

Peer Review Process

This journal applies double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Authors are permitted to suggest up to three potential peer reviewers during the submission process. The journal does not guarantee to use these suggestions. All reviewers must be independent from the submission.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Copyright & Licensing

SMB applies the Creative Commons Attribution License to all articles that we publish. Under this license, authors retain ownership of copyright for their articles or they can transfer copyright to their institution, but authors allow anyone without permission to copy, distribute, transmit, and/or adapt articles, so long as the original authors and source are cited. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Users are free to:

Share — Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Non Commercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

No Derivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Permissions: Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Any permission fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of Siriraj Medical Bulletin

Sources of Support

  • Nuchpraweepawn Saleeon (Journal Manager)  Tel. 02-419-2888    E-mail: sijournal92@gmail.com