SKIMS Journal of Medical Sciences, the official journal of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary medical journal; published biannually since 1998. The journal has recently gone online, and previous issues are available online since 2009.

The Journal publishes original research articles, editorials, review articles, brief reports, case series, case reports, letters to the editor and special communications dealing with all aspects of clinical, academic or investigative medicine or research. Emphasis is placed on matters relating to biomedical research carried at SKIMS Srinagar in particular and North India in general, though articles are welcome from anywhere in the World.

PUBLICATION ETHICS

 The Journal of Medical Sciences (JMS) from Sher-i-Kashmir is committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere nor is under review elsewhere.

STATEMENT ON PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE

JMS is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. This statement spells out the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of the publishing an article for this journal, i.e., the author, the editor, the peer-reviewers and the Publisher (SKIMS). This statement, based on recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), abides by its Code of Conduct and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

DUTIES OF EDITORS

Decision on the Publication of Articles: The Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor of JMS are responsible for deciding which of the articles accepted for publication after undergoing double-blind peer review should be published. The Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s Editorial Board and subjected to such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. However, neither the Editor-in-Chief nor the Executive Editor has the authority to influence the reviewers who are conducting the blind review of the articles submitted for peer review.

Fair Play: Manuscripts submitted to JMS shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors’ rate, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.

Confidentiality: The Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor or any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

DUTIES OF REVIEWERS

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.

Contribution to Double-Blind Peer Review: Double Blind Peer Review assists the reviewers in making an editorial decision, while editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. The reviewers do not know the author’s identity, as any identifying information will be stripped from the document before the review. Reviewers’ comments to the editors are confidential and before passing on to the author will be made anonymous. The names of the reviewers remain strictly confidential; with their identities known only the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor.

Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review can excuse from the review process by notifying the Editor-in-Chief or the Executive Editor.

Confidentiality: Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with, others except as authorized by the Editor-in-Chief or the Executive Editor.

Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also inform the Editor-in-Chief or the Executive Editor about any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Confidentiality: Privileged information or ideas obtained through double-blind peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Conflict of Interest: Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

 

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Aims and Scope

Journal of Medical Sciences, the official journal of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary medical journal which publishes original research articles, reviews, brief communications, case reports and images in Medicine, Surgery, Basic Sciences, and their allied specialties. The Journal is published biannually and is available online as well.

Copyright and Photocopying

Papers accepted automatically become the copyright of JMS. Photocopies of the single article made for personal use is allowed as per National copyright laws. Permission by the editor/publisher is required for all other photocopying including multiple or systematic copyrights, copying for promotional purposes, resales, and all forms of document delivery.

Disclaimer

The papers contained in the journal have been prepared and written by named authors. The statements, opinions, and ideas expressed within these papers are the sole responsibility of these authors and do not imply on opinion on the part of the officers or members of JMS Editorial Board. Therefore, neither SKIMS, nor office bearers, employees or agents of JMS editorial board are responsible for the accuracy or otherwise of any paper, and shall not be liable for any claim, damage or loss arising from the contents of any paper, or any use of which they may be put by any person. Readers are urged to exercise professional caution in undertaking any of the recommendations or suggestion made by the authors.