Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Ethical responsibilities of authors

The Journal for Modeling in Ophthalmology (JMO) has the basic commitment of upholding the integrity of the scientific record. In doing this, JMO will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with any real or potential actions of misconduct. In particular, it is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that: 

JMO strives for reproducibility and rigor in the methods; this applies both to modeling and clinical papers. In particular:

Plagiarism and fraud

Plagiarism occurs whenever the authors of a submitted manuscript present the work of others as if it was their own without full acknowledgment. Plagiarism includes copying the entire body of a previously published work, and/or significant portions of it, without due acknowledgment. Authors are required to ensure that:

Ethical misconduct

In case of suspected misconduct, the JMO Editor-in-Chief will initiate appropriate procedures as detailed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), available here.

Should the investigation validate concerns raised in the allegation, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the implementation by the JMO Editor-in-Chief of the following measures, including, but not limited to:

JMO may elect to publish an expression of concern pending the outcomes of investigation as detailed by COPE. If the procedures involve an investigation at the authors’ institution, JMO may seek to discover the outcome of that investigation and notify readers of the outcome if appropriate. If the investigation proves scientific misconduct, JMO will publish a retraction of the article. There may be circumstances in which no misconduct is proven, but an exchange of letters to the editor may still be published to highlight matters of debate to our readers.

Research involving human subjects and/or animals

It is responsibility of the authors to ensure that: