Editorial policies


Human and Animal Rights

Informed Consent


Conflict of interest

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Peer Review Process

Corrections, retractions and expressions of concern about research findings



Human and Animal Rights
Human experiments should be performed only in accordance with the ethical standards provided by the responsible committee of the institution and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Edinburgh 2000), available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm. Animal experiments should be in accordance with the instructions for the care and use provided by the institution at which the research was carried out.


Informed Consent
All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent. Patient anonymity should be preserved. Photographs need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent human subjects being recognized (or an eye bar should be used).


The submission of a manuscript by authors implies that they automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to the journals of Hainan Medical University Journal Publisher if the manuscript is accepted for publication. The work should not be published elsewhere in any form without the written permission of the journals. All rights of the articles published in the journals of Hainan Medical University Journal Publisher are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, translated or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical or otherwise) without permission from the journals of Hainan Medical University Journal Publisher.


Conflict of interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
   The journals published by Hainan Medical University Journal Publisher are peer-reviewed journals. To ensure the high-quality, fair and ethical publication of scientific papers, the principles outlined below should be obeyed by all participants involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, and the publisher in the publication process. Our ethic statements are in compliance with COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors
Responsibility for the Authors
1. All authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Written approval signed by all authors should be presented with the manuscript. The sequence of author's names represents the degree of contribution. Co-authorship should be indentified in the manuscript.
2. Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work, has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal. Any kinds of plagiarism, fraudulent data found in the paper will be denied for publication.
3. Authors are obliged to provide corrections of mistakes and report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors by emails.
4. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript and state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
5. All submitted papers are subjected to strict peer review process.
6. All submitted papers will be checked for plagiarism using iThenticate software. An overall similarity less than 20% and similarity of text from a single source less than 5% for a manuscript will be considered for publication.
Responsibility for the reviewers
1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential.
2. Reviewers should express their views objectively and clearly with supporting arguments, no personal criticism of the author, and provide the author with useful suggestions for improvement of the manuscript.
3. Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors and should contact the editorial office for any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published papers.
4. Reviewers should not review 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 and inform the editorial office.
Responsibility for the editors
1. Editors should guarantee the quality of the publication.
2. Editors should process the submitted papers fairly and timely.
3. Editor is ultimately responsible for the selection of all its content, and editorial decisions may be informed by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal
4. Editors should select appropriate and eligible reviewers for the submitted papers and keep all information of reviewers confidential.
5. Editors should send the reviewers’ comments back to authors timely and promote the authors to resubmitted papers.
6. It is the responsibility of the editor to ensure that reviewers have access to all materials that may be relevant to the evaluation of the manuscript, including supplementary material for e-only publication, and to ensure that reviewer comments are properly assessed and interpreted in the context of their declared conflicts of interest


Peer Review Process
   Hainan Medical University is responsible for peer review. Each journal of Hainan Medical University Journal Publisher has its own editorial board, which is mainly in charge of the scientific quality of the articles. The editorial board lists can be accessed at:

   Editorial Board of Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
   Editorial Board of Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine
   Editorial Board of Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction
   Editorial Board of Journal of Acute Disease
   Editorial Board of Journal of Hainan Medical University (Chinese Edition)
   Editorial Board of Journal of Hainan Medical University (English Edition)
   Editorial Board of Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease
   Editorial Board of Journal of Coastal Life Medicine

The acceptance of each paper will be decided by three reviewers for publication.
1. Editor receives manuscript and then sends it to three qualified reviewers.
2. If one of the three reviewers disagrees with publication, editor will select the fourth reviewer for peer review.
3. If the fourth reviewer agrees with publication, editor will inform the author for acceptance..
4. If the fourth reviewer disagrees with publication, editor will select the fifth reviewer.
5. If the fifth reviewer agrees with publication, editor will inform the author. If not, the paper will be rejected.
6. If no experts included in our expert database are qualified for the peer review of an article, editor will invite other competent experts to make a decision.
7. The final decision of acceptance lies with the chief editor based on the comments of the reviewers, and authors will be informed of the decision (Acceptance, minor revision, major revision or rejection).
8. Each peer review process is expected to be completed within 10 days (the first three reviewers will finish reviewing within 10 days, and the fourth and fifth reviewers have 10 days each).
The journals published by Hainan Medical University Journal publisher implement double-blind peer review practiced by editorial board members and international external experts who are specially invited.
1. Two statistical editorial members are responsible for the review of statistical analyses.
2. Two linguistic experts are in charge of language evaluation each article.
3. Crosscheck plagiarism screening tool is used to prevent plagiarism.
4. As a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the journal firmly sticks to the COPE's code.
5. The journals strictly implement the regulations of Medical Ethics Committee.
6. The journals strictly comply with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ uniform requirements for manuscripts.

  Corrections, retractions and expressions of concern about research findings
Editors must assume initially that authors are reporting work based on honest observations. Nevertheless, two types of difficulty may arise.
Firstly, errors may be noted in published articles that require the publication of a correction or erratum of part of the work. It is conceivable that an error could be so serious as to vitiate the entire body of the work, but this is unlikely and should be handled by editors and authors on an individual basis. Such an error should not be confused with inadequacies exposed by the emergence of new scientific information in the normal course of research. The latter require no corrections or withdrawals.
The second type of difficulty is scientific fraud. If substantial doubts arise about the honesty of work, either submitted or published, it is the editors’ responsibility to ensure that the question is appropriately pursued (including possible consultation with the authors). However, it is not the task of editors to conduct a full investigation or to make a determination; that responsibility lies with the institution where the work was done or with the funding agency. The editor should be promptly informed of the final decisions, and, if a fraudulent paper has been published, the journal must print a retraction. If this method of investigation does not result in a satisfactory conclusion, the editor may choose to publish an expression of concern, with an explanation.
The retraction or expression of concern, so labeled, should appear on a numbered page in a prominent section of the journal, be listed in the contents page, and include in its heading the title of the original article. It should not simply be a letter to the editor. Ideally, the first author should be the same in the retraction as in the article, although under certain circumstances the editor may accept retractions by other responsible people. The text of the retraction should explain why the article is being retracted and include a bibliographic reference to it.
If a published paper is found later to be extensively plagiarized and is found to be a duplicate or redundant publication, a note of retraction will be published, the indexing services will be notified, and copies of the correspondence will be sent to the authors’ head of institute.
The validity of previous work by the author of a fraudulent paper cannot be assumed. Editors may ask the authors’ institution to assure them of the validity of earlier work published in their journals or to retract it. If this is not done they may choose to publish an announcement to the effect that the validity of previously published work is not assured.

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