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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-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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’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-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).The Creative Commons Attribution License allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited. For more information, visit the Creative Commons licenses page. Copyright is retained by the author(s).

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. Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. 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

Publication Ethics

The Marshall Journal of Medicine is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics' International Standards for Authors

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.

Becoming a Reviewer

The Journal is seeking qualified reviewers with a strong background in scholarly works related to the specific content areas addressed in our journal. If interested, please submit your information via the following form: MJM Call for Reviewers

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