Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, an internationally peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, is published quarterly in print and online with free access to full text articles. Its  aims are: to be an internationally recognised regional medium of biomedical communication; to encourage medical research and publication in Oman, the Gulf and further afield, and to create awareness of new developments among health professionals in Oman and beyond. 

 

Section Policies

 

Peer Review Process

The Editorial Office of the Journal and the SQUMJ Subject Editors check each submitted manuscript for general quality, suitability and whether it conforms to the accepted format. All manuscripts are also checked for plagiarism; if discovered, immediate strong action is taken. If found prima facie acceptable, the manuscript will be sent out for double-blind international review. All reviewers treat the manuscript with the strictest confidentiality and must declare any conflict of interests. Substantial delays can be avoided if authors comply with these Guidelines. Comments and suggestions from the reviewers are conveyed to the authors via the online system. Revised manuscripts are subject to further review by the original reviewers and the responsible Subject Editors. The final decision as to acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor-in-Chief, with advice from the SQUMJ Editorial Board and Sultan Qaboos University's Academic Publications Board.

 

Publication Frequency

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal is published quarterly in print and online with free access to full-text articles.

 

Open Access Policy

SQUMJ is an Open Access Journal. This means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.

 

Archiving

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

SQUMJ Policies

SQUMJ conforms to the Uniform Requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.ICMJE.org).

USER RIGHTS

Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles under the following conditions: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

AUTHORSHIP
Authorship of SQUMJ articles must be based on all of the following four criteria:
1) Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 
2) Drafting the article or revising it critically; 
3) Final approval of the version to be published; and
4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section at the end of the article.

CONFIDENTIALITY
SQUMJ editors and publication staff keep all information about a submitted manuscript confidential and limited to those involved in the evaluation, review and publication process. Only the Editor-in-Chief, the Editor, the Managing and Assistant Editors and the two allocated Associate Editors are aware of the names of manuscript authors and their affiliations. SQUMJ ensures a double-blind review process. Only information on accepted articles is archived (as hard copy and on CD) for future reference. Electronic and paper files of withdrawn or rejected articles are destroyed.

PLAGIARISM
SQUMJ takes a tough stance on plagiarism. Every submitted manuscript is checked for all forms of plagiarism before the review process and before publication. If discovered at any stage, the article is immediately rejected. The letter to the corresponding author is copied to co-authors and to all its reviewers as well as the concerned SQUMJ Associate Editors. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST 
SQUMJ is committed to ensuring the integrity of all its activities. Each author is required to disclose all relevant financial and other interests that might be construed as resulting in an actual, potential, or apparent conflict with their role as contributors to SQUMJ, regardless of amount or value. 

SQUMJ’s purpose is to inform peer reviewers and readers of the existence of financial relationships pertinent to the article in the interest of the full transparency of the peer review and publication processes. If the paper is accepted for publication in SQUMJ, all disclosures will appear in both the print and online edition of the article in the Conflict of Interest section at the end of the article.

Peer-reviewers are also requested to declare any conflict of interest. SQUMJ Editors and Associate Editors have to declare any conflict of interest before taking responsibility for a manuscript.

Types of conflict of interests may include one or more of the following: employment; consultancy within the past two years; ownership interests – including stock options – in a start-up company, the stock of which is not publicly traded; ownership interest - including stock options but excluding indirect investments through mutual funds and the like - in a publicly traded company; research funding; honoraria directly received from an entity; paid expert testimony within the past two years; any other financial relationship (e.g., receiving royalties); membership on another entity’s Board of Directors or its advisory committees (whether for profit or not for profit).

INFORMED CONSENT
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. SQUMJ does not publish identifying information in written descriptions or images unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or guardian) has given written informed consent for publication. This requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript before publication. 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. Informed consent must be indicated in the manuscript.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS
When reporting experiments on human subjects, SQUMJ requires authors to 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 2008 (http://www.wma.net/e/ethicsunit/helsinki.htm).

If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, authors are required to 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 have to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

The Editorial Office of the Journal and the SQUMJ Subject Editors check each submitted manuscript for general quality, suitability and whether it conforms to the accepted format. All manuscripts are also checked for plagiarism; if discovered, immediate strong action is taken. If found prima facie acceptable, the manuscript will be sent out for double-blind international review. All reviewers treat the manuscript with the strictest confidentiality and must declare any conflict of interests. Substantial delays can be avoided if authors comply with these Guidelines. Comments and suggestions from the reviewers are conveyed to the authors via the online system. Revised manuscripts are subject to further review by the original reviewers and the responsible Subject Editors. The final decision as to acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor-in-Chief, with advice from the SQUMJ Editorial Board and Sultan Qaboos University's Academic Publications Board.

OPEN ACCESS

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal is an Open Access Journal. This means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles under the following conditions: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). This is also in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.

ARCHIVING

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

 

Abstracting and Indexing

 Indexed

- PubMed/MEDLINE

- Scopus

- Directory of Open Access Journals

- WHO Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region

- Index Copernicus

- Embase

- CiteFactor

- J-Gate

- Google Scholar

- InfoBase Index

- ISC Master Journals List

- Academic Journals Database

- EuroPub (ASRPC)

  

Included

- PubMed Central

- EBSCO Publishing Electronic Database

- ProQuest

- Ulrichs Web Directory

- Global Impact Factor

- Al Manhal Database of Arab Journals

- Cornell University Library

- Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research Database

 

 Listed

- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

- SCImago Journal & Country Rank

- Elektronisches Zeitschriften Bibliothek

- University of Manchester Database (The John Rylands Library)

  

Member

- CrossRef

 

Article Processing/Publication Charges

SQUMJ does not charge authors for submission, article processing or publication.