The Iranian Journal of Toxicology has focused on moral justice and ethics emphatically at all stages of receiving, reviewing and publishing articles.
This document has been composed based on the guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors), and WAME (World Association of Medical Editors).
1. A compulsory part of any research containing people, medical records, anonymous human tissues or live animals would be called ethical approval which is explained by Declaration of Helsinki and other recognized statements. Such ethical approval should be issued by appropriate research ethics committees. Other IRB’s in research centers and schools also have the authority to act as indicated by regulations. The approval of the appropriate IRB should be mentioned in the manuscripts and the details of patient consent and other related issues must be clearly defined in the “Materials & Methods” part of paper.
2. It would be an extreme importance to remark the uttermost liability of any publication, its correctness and the validity of all its statements, including those related to research ethics, is on the author(s). Accordingly, based on the intellectual contribution of the authors, all their illegibility would be recognised carefully and unbiasedly. A number of internationally‐accepted standards and guidelines are available from ICMJE and WAME. All in all, the authors should have participated enough to be able to accept responsibility for the integrity of (at least part of) the manuscript. The contributtion of each person in the final publication should be explained beforehand. The order of authors, although usually determined by agreement, hardly ever reflects the role of each person involved, with the corresponding author being the one who accepts the responsibility of research team and the integrity of the whole manuscript. The order of names must be agreed upon based on individuals contribution to the current publication, and not on their status, previous works etc. It would also be of great consideration to avoid guest authorship (naming individuals not involved in the intellectual aspects of the research) or ghost authorship (dropping the names of those with a considerable amount of intellectual contribution). The editorial board administration commits itself to take appropriate steps whenever it receives a provable report of misconduct in authorship.
3. In order to avoid plagiarism which is considered a serious misconduct, using of other people’s ideas or sentences in the name of original research out put, author(s) of a manuscript should publish the article under their own names. In this way, they claim the scientific contents and texts as being their own brainchild. Authors are responsible regarding any claims of individuals relating to the research. Apart from full‐referencing and appreciation of the source, the text should not suggest the possibility of having been copied from other published or unpublished material. Exceptions include common knowledge and the use of quotes. Arak University of Medical Sciences emphatically tries to prevent any form of plagiarism, and depending on the seriousness, the degree of plagiarism and the context, will decide on its consequences.
4. The Editors are responsible to protect the totality of all parts of the article. Also they are responsible for monitoring the peer-review editorial process.
5. The Iranian Journal of Toxicology’s reviewers evaluates manuscripts’ contents without any bias towards gender, religious belief, racism, or political philosophy of the authors. ·
6. Any information relating to a submitted manuscript could be disclosed to individuals by the staff, depending on the need and stage of processing. It would be just the same as to the authors, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publishers.
7.Conflict of interest: Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. It is recommended that the authors state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist, preferably in the manuscript on a conflict of interest notification page that follows the title page and if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript
8. The present Editorial Board of this journal are aware on their own role in promotion and performance of the ethical rules.