Publication Ethics

Canon Journal of Medicine (CJM) is committed to meeting and upholding the standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely those industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for the best practices in order to meet industry requirements.

Responsibilities of Authors

If you wish to publish the data/information of an institution, you should obtain the institution’s permission and provide us with a signed permission form when we request it. You should inform us whether such permission has been obtained during submission of your article.

Most material on the Internet is protected by copyright. To publish data/information from a website, you must obtain permission from the website which owns the copyright. Some website materials may not be original to the website; in such case, you must identify and obtain permission from the right-holder of the data.

Informed Consent

According to ICMJE guidelines, patients or participants (in general research) have a right to privacy that should not be compromised without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, on photographs, or in pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) has given 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.

Conflict of Interest

The authors must declare any conflict of interests of contributed authors very briefly in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared; unless otherwise the following sentence should be given “Authors declare no conflict of interests”.

To prevent the information on potential conflict of interest for authors from being overlooked or misplaced, mention this information in the cover letter. Authors must identify any potential financial conflicts of interest before the review process begins. Declared conflict of interest will not automatically result in rejection of paper but the editors reserve the right to publish any declared conflict of interest alongside accepted. The following would generally be regarded as potential conflicts of interest:

  1. Direct financial payment to an author for the research or manuscript production by the sponsor of a product or service evaluated in an article.
  2. Ownership of shares by an author in the company sponsoring a product service evaluated in an article (or in a company sponsoring a competing product).
  3. Personal consultant for companies or other organizations with a financial interest in the promotion of particular health care products and services.