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Conflict of Interest


When authors submit a manuscript of any type or format, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work. Please complete the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest and submit the form to editorial staff once your submission has been accepted for publication.

Peer Reviewers

  • Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists.
  • Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they are reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.
  • Reviewers must not discuss or appropriate ideas or works prior to publication
  • Reviewers may not retain access to or copies of the manuscript.
  • Reviewers may not apply knowledge of confidential information to any endeavor outside the scope of MJM

Editorial Staff

  • Assigned Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts will recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration.
  • The editorial staff must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain.
  • Editors should publish regular disclosure statements about potential conflicts of interests related to the commitments of journal staff.
  • Guest editors will be asked to follow these same procedures.


  • Manuscripts submitted MJM are privileged communications that are authors’ private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details.
  • Editors will not share information about manuscripts, including whether they have been received and are under review, their content and status in the review process, criticism by reviewers, and their ultimate fate, to anyone other than the authors and reviewers.
  • Editors will also make clear that reviewers should keep manuscripts, associated material, and the information they contain strictly confidential.
  • Reviewers and editorial staff members must not publicly discuss the authors’ work, and reviewers must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published.
  • Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy paper copies of manuscripts and delete electronic copies after submitting their reviews.

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Statement on Human and Animal Research

When reporting experiments on people, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national), or, if no formal ethics committee is available, with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether or not the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

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. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether or not 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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Submissions Including Information from Quality Improvement (QI) Projects

To promote the publication of promising lessons learned from quality improvement (QI) projects, MJM welcomes submissions that include methods and findings from projects determined by their local institutions to be quality improvement (QI) projects. QI activities are analyses that are considered essential to the "ongoing management of the system of delivering clinical care"(1).

For MJM submissions, the authors must attest that the QI activities informing a submitted manuscript met the local standards of each participating institution, and were conducted in an ethical manner with appropriate protection of privacy. IRB approval includes waivers and exemptions.

The editorial staff reserves the right to reject manuscripts if the Editor-in-Chief or other members of the Editorial does not believe the project was carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. Further information and documentation to support the attestation should be made available to the Editorial staff on request.

  1. Bailey M, Bottrell M, Lynn J, et al. The Ethics of Using QI Methods to Improve Health Care Quality and Safety. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(9):666-673. DOI:10.7326/0003-4819-146-9-200705010-00155.

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