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Quality of published articles

Mechanisms for ensuring the quality of published articles

Editorial Policies:

About the Journal

The Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS), formerly DYSPHRENIA™ (ISSN 2249-9377, eISSN 2249-9385) is a peer-reviewed biannual academic journal of psychiatry. New ideas come from fresh minds before they are bogged down by conventional thinking. In the journal, we plan to tap those materials, ideas, and discussions. A long felt need of present day psychiatry is to understand the cultural influence on symptoms, management, and most importantly, on prevention of mental illnesses. This can be undertaken only by reporting and analysing the cases in that cultural rubrick. The journal aims to be the platform for discussions towards the same. It publishes editorial, article, research, case, and commentary in the fields of psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, allied behavioural and medical sciences.

Although, all efforts have been put so as to implement zero tolerance towards plagiarism, yet we would appeal to all budding researchers to shun the plagiarism and let’s start thinking in line with scientific ethics. Authors willing to submit the manuscript for potential publication in OJPAS, shall ensure that the manuscript submitted for review is a bonafied record of their own genuine works, not submitting the works of other authors, i.e. violating the copyright act and has not even been submitted for review to any other publishing agency. While submitting the manuscript for review, authors transfer all kind of copyrights and intellectual property rights of the manuscript to the journal. The Editorial Board of the journal will support quality control of the contents and improvement of the journal standards. Apart from that, deals with compliance, adherence, conflict of interest, etc.

OJPAS is Open Access Journal. The journal adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access: that users have the right to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles”. The journal offers the ‘Platinum’ open access model. ‘Platinum’ open access model means that there is no Article Processing Charge (APC), also known as publication fee, charged to authors and articles are immediately available on the journal website once published. Moreover, the journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright and to retain publishing rights without restrictions. OJPAS follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations (Journals Following the ICMJE Recommendations).

OJPAS is published and distributed by Academy Publisher, 20, Kushal Konwar Path, Chenikuthi Hillside, Guwahati – 781 003, Assam, India

Inquiries should be sent to: academypublisher@outlook.com or academypublisher2014@gmail.com

e-Publisher and e-Distributor: IndianJournals.com

Editorial and Peer Review processes:

About the Journal

The manuscript submission and editorial review process includes the following steps:

  1. An author submits a manuscript.
  2. The editor reviews the manuscript and makes an initial decision based on manuscript quality and editorial priorities, usually either to send the manuscript to peer reviewers or to reject the manuscript at that point so that the author can submit it to another journal.
  3. For those manuscripts sent to peer reviewers, the editor assigns reviewers to the manuscript.
  4. Double blind peer review process is followed.
  5. The reviewers review the manuscript.
  6. When required, papers may be assigned to statisticians as well to check the correctness of statistical data and analysis.
  7. The editor makes a final decision based on editorial priorities, manuscript quality, reviewer recommendations and perhaps discussions with fellow editors.
  8. The decision letter is sent to the author.
  9. The accepted article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs and the copyright transfer form. This service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers immediately after acceptance. This is the first publication citable. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.

Editorial Information: The average time for first editorial decision is 2 days or less, and 30 days with review. The time from submission to acceptance (excluding time for author revision) is usually 2 months and from acceptance to publication is 2 weeks.

Advertising polices for print and web publications:

About the Journal

The statements, opinions, and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors, and not of the publisher and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality, or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions, or products referred to in the content or advertisements.

Statements concerning Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal Rights, and Informed Consent for publications:

Author Instructions

Conflict-of-Interest Statement: Public trust in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.– International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

Statement of Informed Consent: Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

– International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

Statement of Human and Animal Rights: When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

– International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

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