Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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Section Policies

Editorial

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Obituaries

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Country Profile

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Scientific Letter

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Correspondence

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Original Research

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Original Research - Special Collection: Pain Management and Palliative Care

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Original Research - Special Collection: Sexual Health

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Original Research - Special Collection: Primary Care Research Methods

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Original Research - Special Collection: COPC-based Integrated District Health System

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Book Review

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Review Article

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Peer Review Process

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Publication Frequency

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Open Access Policy

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Archiving

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Department of Higher Education & Training Approval (South Africa)

PHCFM has been approved by the South African Department of Higher Education & Training from 01 January 2010, for subsidy of research publications.

 

Additional Editorial Policies*

Human Research

All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent research ethics committee(s) and that the board must be named by the authors in the manuscript. For research involving human participants, informed consent must have been obtained (or the reason for lack of consent explained, e.g. the data were analyzed anonymously) and all clinical investigation must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki. Authors should submit a statement or approved ethics clearance number from their ethics committee or institutional review board indicating the approval of the research. We also encourage authors to submit a sample of a patient consent form and may require submission of completed forms on particular occasions.

For studies involving humans categorized by race/ethnicity, age, disease/disabilities, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, or other socially constructed groupings, authors should, as much as possible,

  • make explicit their methods of categorizing human populations;
  • define categories in as much detail as the study protocol allows;
  • justify their choices of definitions and categories, including for example whether any rules of human categorization were required by their funding agency;
  • explain whether (and if so, how) they controlled for confounding variables such as socioeconomic status, nutrition, environmental exposures, etc.

In addition, outmoded terms and potentially stigmatizing labels should be changed to more current, acceptable terminology. Examples: "Caucasian" should be changed to "white" or "of [Western] European descent" (as appropriate); "cancer victims" should be changed to "people with cancer".

Animal Research

All animal work must have been conducted according to relevant national and international guidelines. We specifically require authors to include details of animal welfare and steps taken to ameliorate suffering in all work involving non-human primates.

Competing Interests

Authors are asked at submission to declare whether they have any financial, personal, or professional interests that could be construed to have influenced their paper. Reviewers are also asked to declare any interests that might interfere with their objective assessment of a manuscript. Any relevant competing interests of authors must be available to editors and reviewers during the review process and will be stated in published articles.

Scientific and Editorial Misconduct

Scientific misconduct is defined by the USA Office of Research Integrity as "fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research." In cases where there is a suspicion or allegation of scientific misconduct or fraudulent research in manuscripts submitted for review, PHCFM reserves the right to pass along these manuscripts to the author’s employer, sponsoring or funding institution or other appropriate authority for investigation. Although PHCFM recognizes its responsibility to ensure that the suspicion of misconduct has been addressed, we do not ourselves make such determinations.

Confidentiality

Editors and reviewers are requested to treat all submitted manuscripts in strict confidence.

Submission of Related Manuscripts

When submitting their article, all authors are asked to indicate that they have not submitted a related or duplicate manuscript for publication elsewhere. If related work has been submitted elsewhere, then a copy must be included with the article submitted to PHCFM. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between related submissions. The editors of PHCFM reserve the right to decline any manuscript judged to overlap significantly with previous publications.

* These policies were adapted with gratitude from PLoS One

Last update: 16 December 2009