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Editorial Policies
The Indian Journal of Nephrology (IJN) adheres to the professional and industry guidelines and best practices in scientific publications, including the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE) and Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( joint statement by COPE, DOAJ, WAME, and OASPA )

The Journal relies on the integrity and honesty of Authors and Editors to publish the best manuscript that conforms to ethical standards and meets all the requirements as per the mission of the journal. The IJN Editors follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) “Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors”.
Plagiarism
The IJN follows the University of Oxford definition of plagiarism (https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/guidance/skills/plagiarism )

“Presenting work or ideas from another source as your own, with or without consent of the original author, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition, as is the use of material generated wholly or in part through use of artificial intelligence. Plagiarism can also include re-using your own work without citation.”

The IJN makes available plagiarism check software (iThenticate) for Editors and Reviewers in the manuscript management system.
Peer Review
The IJN has a double-blind peer review process in which the author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on the peer review process can be found here and Guidelines for the reviewers can be found here
Policy for handling errata, retractions, withdrawals, and expressions of concern:
  1. Accuracy and fact-checking: The IJN strives to publish accurate and truthful content, and takes all necessary steps to fact-check information before publication. We correct any errors promptly and transparently
  2. Editorial independence: The journal maintains editorial independence and does not allow advertisers, sponsors, or any external parties to influence our content in any way.
  3. Transparency: The IJN discloses any conflicts of interest and relationships with external parties that may influence our content, and provides clear attribution for sources and contributors.
  4. Respect for diversity and inclusivity: We respect and celebrate diversity in all its forms, and we strive to represent diverse perspectives and voices in our content.
  5. Protection of personal information: The IJN respects individuals’ right to privacy and protects personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  6. Copyright and intellectual property: The journal respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not infringe on any copyrights or trademarks in our content.
  7. Non-discrimination: We do not publish content that discriminates against any individual or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or any other protected characteristic.
  8. Responsibility for content: We are responsible for all content published in the journal and promptly address any complaints or concerns related to it.

These guidelines are intended to provide a framework for ethical behaviour and decision-making. We expect all contributors, and partners to adhere to these guidelines and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Errata: An erratum is a correction of a factual error that does not alter the overall conclusions of a published work. When an error is identified, the IJN will promptly correct the error and publish an erratum that clearly identifies the correction and its implications, such changes are intimated to respective indexing agencies and DOI records are updated.

Retractions: A retraction is a notice that a published work is no longer valid or reliable. Retractions may be necessary when a work contains serious errors, plagiarism, or other forms of misconduct. The publisher and the editorial team of the journal will investigate any concerns raised about published content and, if necessary, issue a retraction that clearly explains the reasons for the retraction. Such changes are intimated to respective indexing agencies, and DOI records are updated.

The IJN abides by COPE Retraction Guidelines.

Process for issuing a retraction statement:

Where the decision is taken to retract and the article to be retracted is the Version of Record (i.e., it has been published as Online First or within an issue of a journal), a retraction statement will be issued. It will be published separately and will be linked to the article being retracted. A “retracted” watermark will be added to the article; however, the article as first published would be retained online to maintain the scientific record. Issuing a retraction statement will mean the following:

  1. The retraction will appear on a numbered page in a prominent section of the journal.
  2. The retraction will be listed in the contents page and the title of the original article will be included in its heading.
  3. The text of the retraction should explain why the article is being retracted; and
  4. The statement of retraction and the original article must be clearly linked in the electronic database so that the retraction will always be apparent to anyone who comes across the original article.
Withdrawals: An article can be withdrawn when the request is initiated before the article is published (before or after peer review, during peer review or just before publication). Any manuscript can be withdrawn with a clear reason before or after acceptance, but before the article is published. Once a request is submitted for withdrawal by the author, we will investigate the matter and if the request is legitimate, the article shall be withdrawn.
Expressions of Concern: An expression of concern is a notice that a published work is being reviewed for potential problems, but no decision has been made about whether to retract or correct the work. Expressions of concern may be necessary when there are concerns about the validity or reliability of a published work. The publisher and the editorial team will investigate any concerns raised about published content and, if necessary, issue an expression of concern explaining the reasons for the concern and the steps being taken to address the issue.
Complaint procedure: All complaints may be submitted via the journal editor (editor@indianjnephrol.org) or the publisher at publish@scientificscholar.com. The investigation involves reviewing all correspondence relating to the case in question and, if necessary, obtaining further written responses to queries from the parties involved. The purpose of the investigation is to establish that correct procedures have been followed, that decisions have been reached based on appropriate criteria, that personal prejudice or bias has not influenced the outcome, and that appropriate sanctions have been applied where relevant. Complainants may choose to take their complaint to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Conflicts of Interest

The IJN requires the authors to sign a disclosure form at the time of manuscript submission. Author/authors are expected to disclose any conflicts or financial interests impacting the outcome of the study in which they are involved. If the manuscript is accepted, the Conflict of Interest information will be communicated in a published statement. COPE guidelines on conflict of interest can be found here.

Journal policy on In-House Submissions
In-house submissions that contain the work of any editorial board member are not reviewed by that editorial board member, and all decisions regarding this manuscript are made by an independent editor. In addition, these manuscripts are reviewed by the two external reviewers.
Permissions To Reproduce Previously Published Material
Permission is required to reproduce material (such as illustrations) from the copyright holder. Articles cannot be published without these permissions.
Policy on Artificial Intelligence Used Manuscripts

The Indian Journal of Nephrology adheres to the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) recommendations on artificial intelligence (AI) used in scientific publications.

  • Artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT or Large Language Model (LLM) based bots cannot be listed as a credited author of a paper published, only humans can perform tasks and take responsibility for the authorship of a scientific paper.
  • If AI is used in any element of the research process including data collection, writing or editing of the text, preparation of tables or production of images or graphical elements, authors should disclose the use of AI in authoring the manuscript.
  • Please note that authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of the work (including the accuracy of what is presented, and the absence of plagiarism), regardless of AI use.
Ethics committee approval

All studies that involve the humans need to have approval for the study from the respective institutional review Board (IRB) for the human studies. These guidelines may vary from country to country and country specific guidelines need to be followed. The IRB number and protocol number should be stated in the manuscript.
If World Medical Association (WMA) the Declaration of Helsinki ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects were followed, they should be stated in the method section of the manuscript. (See here for more information.)
If the study involves a Drug under investigation, such as in a clinical trial, its approval by the FDA or equivalent authority must be obtained and stated in the manuscript. (See here for more information.)
Any study involving the animals for research should have approval of the protocol from the Institutional committee on the animal resources.
We follow the latest Core Practice Guidelines for Editors and Journal publishers as outlined by the COPE.