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Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement Back to Top

Our ethic statements are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties of Editors
Publication decisions
The editorial board is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editorial board will be guided by the policies of the journal and constrained by legal requirements related to libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Members of the editorial board will confer and refer to reviewers recommendations in making this decision.

An editor, member of the editorial board or reviewer must evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, political philosophy, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, or religious belief of the authors.

The review process takes place in two stages. In the first stage the editor must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisers. This stage concludes with an agreement between the author and reviewers about the continuation of their cooperation in the open reviewing forum in which issues of confidentiality do not arise.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's, reviewer’s or any other reader’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Reviewers assist the editorial board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications during the open review process with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Qualification of Reviewers
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. The editorial board is responsible for ensuring the competence of the reviewers

Authors will normally receive feedback about the acceptance of his/her paper for the reviewing process within three weeks and in another three weeks s(he) will normally receive the first response from the reviewers.
The editorial board is responsible for ensuring the promptness of responses in the open review process.

Any manuscripts received for review in the open review process are subjected to the criteria of enhancing their rationality through the mutual rational controls of critical discussion.

Establishing Standards of Objectivity through Critical Discussion
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Authors are encouraged to make explicit the internal criteria they use to evaluate the validity of their contributions to knowledge. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments in the spirit of enhancing the quality of the paper through the mutual rational controls of critical discussion.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. References to the ideas of others should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Information or ideas obtained through peer review must only be used with the explicit agreement of the participants in the peer review. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to judge the validity of the contributions to knowledge. Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for at least two years after publication. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

We believe it is important to emphasize that the editorial board is not responsible for copyrights and for any ethical consequences of the publication of any particular contribution (written or in the form of multimedia). However, we expect that all people providing sources of data for published accounts have been given informed consent and that no one in any way involved in the processes of the research has been coerced into co-operation or are unknowingly being co-opted. Authors should have written permission of parents to include photos or videos of children and juveniles into research accounts.

Originality and Plagiarism
The Editorial Board of Pediatric Oncall Journal recognize different cultural beliefs about the acceptability of quoting the ideas of others as if they were one’s own. The documents concerning the submission of papers for Pediatric Oncall Journal review recognize these different cultural beliefs and emphasize the statement that ‘authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.’

Concurrent Publication
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
all authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author or reader discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and work with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
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Rights of the Publisher
Upon acceptance of a submission, author(s) transfer copyright to the publisher, Pediatric Oncall. Pediatric Oncall has the right to use copyrighted work for reproduction, derivation, and distribution by sale, license or other means. That includes publication in the above Journal, or distributed, on its own, or with other related material, published in multi-contributor book form or other edited compilations by Pediatric Oncall or reproduced and/or distributed (including the abstract) throughout the world in printed, electronic or any other medium whether now known or hereafter devised, in all languages, and to authorize third parties (including Reproduction Rights Organizations) to do the same. Transfer of copyright does not constitute transfer of patent or trademark rights or rights to any process or procedure described in the work. Reproduction of the work, other than that outlined in rights to authors, requires permission of the publisher.

Rights of Authors
After an article has been accepted for publication on Pediatric Oncall, the journal licenses the following rights back to the author(s): 1) patent and trademark rights and rights to any process or procedure described in the article; 2) the right to photocopy or make single electronic copies of the article for personal use, including for their own classroom use, or for the personal use of colleagues, provided the copies are not offered for sale and are not distributed in a systematic way outside of their employing institution (e.g. via an email list or public file server); 3) on request reproduce the paper or any part thereof, provided that a full acknowledgement to PEDIATRIC ONCALL accompanies each reproduction.

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All authors should ensure that the planning conduct and reporting of human research are in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the local, regional or national review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Approval by a responsible review body does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. The author must archive the consent and instead provide Pediatric Oncall Journal with a written statement that attests that they have received and archived written patient consent.

The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare.

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Preprint use of Pediatric Oncall Journals content
A preprint is defined here as the un-refereed author version of an article. Authors may want to retain the right to make a preprint version of the article available on their own personal website and/or that of their employer and/or in free public servers of preprints and/or articles in their subject area, provided that where possible they acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows:
This article has been accepted for publication in [Pediatric Oncall] ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Pediatric Oncall Journal [on behalf of Pediatric Oncall]. All rights reserved.
Once the article has been published, we do not require that any preprint versions are removed. However, we do ask that these are not updated or replaced with the final published version. Where possible, the preprint notice should be amended to:
This is an un-refereed author version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Article as published in the print edition of the Journal.]
Once an article is accepted for publication, an author may not make a preprint available in this way or replace an existing preprint with the final published version.

Postprint use of Pediatric Oncall Journals content
A postprint is defined here as the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by a journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction.
Authors may upload their accepted postprint manuscript PDF to an institutional and/or centrally organized repository, provided that public availability is delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal.
When uploading an accepted manuscript to a repository, authors should include a credit line (see below) and a link to the final published version of the article. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from public repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: Pediatric Oncall [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

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