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Open Access

The Marshall Journal of Medicine conforms to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) funding model in that it all content is freely available to individuals and institutions without an embargo period. Users may "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles" (1) Each article accepted by peer review is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

There is no charge for submitting a manuscript to the journal.

Authors of original work accepted for publication in the Marshall Journal of Medicine will be distributed by the journal under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation and are not using it for any commercial purpose.

If you believe that your work has been published on the Marshall Journal of Medicine website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have otherwise been violated, please notify MJM@marshall.edu.

Discovery and Digital Archiving

The Marshall Journal of Medicine (MJM) participates in industry-standard discovery and preservation tools. Articles from the journal are placed in the world’s major library catalogs and databases (OCLC Worldcat, ProQuest’s Summon, Ex Libris’s Primo, and EBSCO Discovery). Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from the CrossRef organization to ensure they can always be found.

Peer Review Policy

The Journal strictly adheres to the criteria specified by COPE, OASPA, WAME and DOAJ for ethical scholarly publishing with maximum transparency. The Journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by three expert reviewers in addition to a member of the Journal's Editorial Board. The Marshall Journal of Medicine utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author and the author’s name and information is withheld from the reviewers.

Publishing Agreement

Articles in Marshall Journal of Medicine are freely available under the Attribution License (CC-BY).The Creative Commons Attribution License allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. For more information, visit the Creative Commons licenses page.

Permissions

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations. This includes copyright of the author's own material. Papers without correct permissions will not be published.

Declaration of Conflicting Interests

It is the policy of The Marshall Journal of Medicine to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a 'Declaration of Conflicting Interests' statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgments and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that 'The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest.'

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

Research Ethics and Patient Consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the WMA declaration of Helsinki – ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects. Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers are reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors

Plagiarism

The Marshall Journal of Medicine take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors, and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

Advertising Policy

  1. The Marshall Medical Journal has the exclusive discretionary authority to accept or reject any request for advertisement as well as to provide guidelines for acceptable advertisement submissions.
  2. All advertisements are subject to the approval of the Marshall Medical Journal, which reserves the right to accept, reject or cancel any advertisement at any time. Any advertisement may be taken down from any media platform without prior notice. The advertisement source will be notified of the Journal’s decisions(s).
  3. All advertisements are accepted and published by the Marshal Medical Journal solely with and on the warranty of the advertising/source agency and advertiser that both are authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter of the advertisement.
  4. In consideration of publication of an advertisement, the advertiser and the advertising agency/source, expressly jointly and severally, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Marshall Medical Journal (Marshall Medical Journal ), its officers, directors, agents and employees against expenses (including legal fees), costs and losses resulting from the publication of the contents of the advertisement, including, without limitation, claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, copyright infringement or plagiarism.
  5. Marshall Medical Journal has the sole discretion as to when to publish an accepted advertisement and it will not be liable for any failure to publish any advertisement accepted by it. Marshall Medical Journal will use reasonable efforts to place an accepted advertisement in available space.
  6. All advertisements must clearly and prominently identify the advertiser by trademark or signature. Each advertising agency/source must make proper attribution to source materials referenced in any advertisement in accordance with, by example, copyright laws.
  7. Marshall Medical Journal has sole discretion with respect to advertisement pricing.
  8. Any references to the Marshall Medical Journal, Marshall University and/or its affiliates and divisions, its products or services in advertisements, promotional material, or merchandising by the advertiser or advertising agency/source is subject to Marshall Medical Journal or its authorized representative’s prior written approval for such use. This includes any links to another Marshall University web page or location site. Any unauthorized linking is prohibited. Marshall Medical Journal does not endorse or support any product or organization linked to its website, nor is Marshall Medical Journal responsible for the content of any website promoted in an advertisement. The use by the advertising agency/source of pixels, beacons, cookies, tracking tags, or similar technology for the purpose of collecting personally identifiable information is prohibited.
  9. Each advertisement contract position clause is treated as a request only as Marshall Medical Journal cannot and does not guarantee fixed positioning.
  10. Marshall Medical Journal is not responsible for incidental or consequential damage for errors in displaying or printing an advertisement.
  11. Marshall Medical Journal may change the terms in this policy at any time. Any policy changes shall apply prospectively and not to advertisements that are in current publication.
  12. Marshall Medical Journal shall establish terms and conditions of sale and consequences of nonpayment for a product and publish those to the advertising agency/source prior to publication and, as a condition precedent, each advertising agency/source is jointly and severally liable for any nonpayment.
  13. Proprietary names of any commercial product such as pharmaceuticals must comply with FDA and other regulatory compliance mandates and regulations. The advertising agency/source represents and warrants that all advertisements and commercial products such as pharmaceuticals which are contained with advertisements are compliant with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations in the country where the advertisement will be seen.
  14. Any recruiting advertisement must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the country in which the advertisement will be seen; any advertisement that discriminates against applicants based on protected class such as sex, age, race, religion, marital status or physical handicap will not be accepted. Each recruiting advertisement must contain the language that the employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Data Sharing Policy

The Marshall Journal of Medicine is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology and reporting standards.

Marshall Journal of Medicine encourages authors to share the data and other artefacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors may provide a data availability statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published in their paper. Shared data should be cited.” All accepted manuscripts may elect to publish a data availability statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If you have shared data, this statement will describe how the data can be accessed, and include a persistent identifier (e.g., a DOI for the data, or an accession number) from the repository where you shared the data.

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