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Publication Ethics

We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. Though this journal has not yet obtained its membership with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), we are committed to adhering to the standards and guidelines set out by COPE and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). 

The following are useful links for our authors, reviewers, and editors.


For editors:

Journals’ Best Practices for Ensuring Consent for Publishing Medical Case Reports: guidance from COPE

A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors

Guidance for Editors: Research, Audit and Service Evaluations

Cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases: guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing


For reviewers:

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers


For authors:

How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers


Policy on Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on people, authors should indicate whether the procedures used in the study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). In most cases, authors must explicitly state that the research was approved by the national/local/institutional ethical committee.

If no formal ethics committee is available, the authors must state that the research was in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration (2013). The editors of Medicina reserve the rights to ask more information to the author(s) should any doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration. In such cases, the authors must be able to explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that no human or patient rights were violated.

Patient consent must be collected in written form and archived by the authors. Medicina is aware that patient identity is confidential. Therefore, the authors should archive the written consent and instead of providing Medicina with a written statement that attests that the author(s) have collected and archived the consent.

When reporting experiments on animals, author(s) should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance and issue on animal research ethics should follow the Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus.