ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISUES AND CONDITION
Protection of Human and Animal Subjects
The APJCP endorses the principles governing the protection of human subjects in research embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki, and expects that all investigations and research involving human subjects have been performed in accordance with these principles. It is expected that all information regarding research involving humans, have been approved by an Institutional Review Board.
All manuscripts reporting human experimentation must include the following:
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals, were followed.
Conflict of Interest
At the time of manuscript submission, the APJCP requires that corresponding authors disclose any conflict of interest.
Photographs with Identifiable Patients
In photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., the physical identification of a patient should be masked whenever possible. If a patient is identifiable, written permission to use the photograph must be obtained from the patient or guardian, and sent to the Journal’s Editorial Office upon manuscript submission. It must be clearly stated in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained.
APJCP Policy toward Plagiarism
The APJCP does not accept any level of plagiarism and uses text analyzers to check for similarity to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Authors are also encouraged to review the definition of plagiarism of the Office of Research Integrity, which can be found at http://ori.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/plagiarism.pdf
Simultaneous Submission and Online Posting
The APJCP will not consider manuscripts that are concurrently submit-ted elsewhere, or have been published previously (including online publica-tions). The presentation of research results at scientific conferences or in the abstract book of such a conference, does not constitute a previously published article. A manuscript cannot be posted on the author’s or institutional website when it has been submitted to APJCP EMMS. Accepted manuscripts cannot be posted online until after the paper has been fully published in the APJCP.
Permission to use copyrighted materials
Use of previously published or copyrighted material reproduced from another source must be properly cited. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission from the appropriate authors and/or copyright holders to use previously published or copyrighted material. Signed permission statements from the copyright holder for both print and online reproduction, must be sent to the APJCP Editorial Office upon manuscript submission. Permission statements must also be obtained from at least one author when citing “in press” articles.
Authors' Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
The APJCP reserves the right to forward any claim of scientific misconduct to the sponsoring or funding institution, or to any other appropriate authorities for investigation ― the APJCP does not investigate or make determinations of misconduct. The author will be notified if the APJCP forwards any manuscript to the sponsoring or funding institution for such a claim.