Once submitted, your manuscript will be placed in Initial Assessment (Desk Review) for initial feedback/review by the Editor-in-Chief, and then it will be sent through the double-blind peer review procedure.

 The peer review process is the driving force behind JCM journals and is at the heart of acceptable scientific publishing. JCM reviewers adhere to the highest ethical standards of scientific research, and all articles are subjected to a double-blind peer review procedure that takes place entirely within the JCM eEditorial Discovery® (EED)® online submission system.

The reviews are therefore freely accessible to the JCM editorial staff, guaranteeing that if accusations of questionable peer review surface, JCM will be able to assist its published authors and editors in rejecting these claims and assuring the continued success of the associated publications. View the entire journal Statement on Ethics and Malpractice.

Ethical Guidelines and Malpractice statement to Publication of research articles

The Editor-in-Chief and editorial board members of the publisher's journals provide a set of ethical rules for those involved in the publication of research articles, particularly editors, authors, and submission reviewers. The guidelines reflected in this document were prepared by the Editors of the publisher's publications. The ethics guidelines are changed on a regular basis to ensure their clarity, and the guidelines reflected in this document were revised in July 2018 by the Editors of the publisher's Publications Division.

The authors' publishers Ethical Guidelines are presented on the basis of the conviction that the adherence to high ethical standards is so vital to the entire scientific activity that a definition of those standards should be brought to the attention of all parties involved. As a result, it is critical to agree on required ethical behaviour norms.

"Breaking the standards of publication ethics can seriously harm your reputation as a researcher."


“Regardless of their nature, all journals serve to advance scholarly discussions of topics — whether religious, gender-based, environmental, ethical, political, or other potentially or thematically problematic matters. "An ethics and malpractice statement commits oneself to fulfilling and maintaining ethical standards at all levels of the review and publication processes."

The publishing industry supports the scientific profession in a variety of sectors (such as science, engineering, arts, and sports) through producing journals that communicate the findings of scientific study. Every editor of this journal publication bears responsibility for the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge by adhering to the ethical guidelines for selecting, reviewing, and accepting research articles submitted to the journals, and the quality of work of the authors is directly reflected in the standard of the journal that published. Importantly, these rules are formed from the editor's assessment of quality standards for scientific work and its presentation.

In this regard, the editors of the publisher's journals have now presented a set of ethical rules for anyone involved in the publication of research articles, specifically for editors, authors, and submission reviewers. These principles will be of great assistance to those who are new to research.

A summary of our key expectations for authors, editors and (peer-) reviewers, is here detailed:

Guidelines Ethical Obligations of Authors of Scientific Journals

"Through the ethical principles reflected in this series, we provide you with the support and advice you need to ensure the ethical soundness of your manuscript and activities."

 Guidelines Ethical Obligations of Editors of Scientific Journals

Guidelines Ethical Obligations of reviewers of Scientific Journals

Identification of unethical (malpractice) behaviour:


Conflict of interest and competing interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an entity or people becomes untrustworthy due to a conflict between personal (or self-serving) interests and professional duties or responsibilities, and it can be extremely damaging to scholarly papers.

Funding sources, financial interests, employment status, and those that go beyond financial interests are examples of competing interests (non-financial interests).

As a publisher of scientific publications, JCM understands how fraud undermines public trust and has a significant impact on the outcomes of all research results and conclusions disclosed in scholarly journals and academic reference books. As a result, JCM has implemented a number of preventative measures:

Plagiarism detection (Turnitin)

In addition to making this Publishing Ethics and Malpractice Resource Kit available, the publisher is involved in additional publishing ethics activities, both internally and internationally. Furthermore, the manuscript will be thoroughly reviewed in order to determine whether or not plagiarism occurred and, if so, to what amount. To aid in the identification of plagiarised content, JCM employs Turnitin, a plagiarism detection software.