Peer Review Process

Peer review is the critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to journals by experts who are usually not part of the editorial staff. The reviewer assesses the manuscript for quality, originality, validity and whether appropriate method has been followed.

Articles that meet minimal requirements are assigned to one or more reviewers. The peer-review process is double-blind: the identity of reviewers and authors is not revealed to one another.

Newly submitted manuscript primarily goes through a plagiarism check. The next step is their screening by the editors: the manuscript might get rejected if it is found to be of insufficient quality, outside the focus and scope of the journal, or if it is considered not original.

Articles that meet minimal requirements are assigned to editors and reviewers. A reviewer has to provide his feedback on a manuscript within 15 days. The reviewed manuscript is sent to the author for revision. The file corrected by the author is again sent to the reviewer.

The final decision on the manuscript is taken by the editor. Only when there are any conflict issues, the editor-in-chief of the journal is involved.

Principles of Publishing Ethics and Plagiarism Policy

Commitment to Ethical Publishing

At Chettinad Health City Medical Journal (CHCMJ), our primary goal is to publish cutting-edge scientific findings and original, intriguing observations in all areas of medicine and related sciences. We are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior in our publication practices.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism, in all its forms, constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying text from other sources without proper citation.
  • Using ideas, images, or data from other sources without appropriate acknowledgment.
  • Paraphrasing substantial portions of text from other sources without giving credit.
  • Reusing text from one's own previous publications without proper citation (self-plagiarism).

All submitted manuscripts are screened using plagiarism detection software to identify any potential plagiarism. Manuscripts found to contain significant plagiarized content will be rejected immediately, and the authors may be subject to further actions, including prohibition from future submissions.

Author Responsibilities

Authors must ensure that their work is entirely original and appropriately cite the work and/or words of others. Manuscripts should not be submitted concurrently to multiple journals, and all co-authors must approve the manuscript submission. Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Reviewer and Editor Responsibilities

Reviewers and editors must maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts and disclose any conflicts of interest. Reviews should be conducted objectively, providing constructive feedback to improve the quality of the submissions. Editors must ensure a fair and unbiased review process, making decisions based solely on the manuscript's intellectual content without regard to the authors' personal characteristics or affiliations.

Handling of Misconduct

In cases of suspected or proven scientific misconduct, unethical behavior, or plagiarism, CHCMJ will take appropriate measures. This may include the publication of corrections, retractions, expressions of concern, or other appropriate actions. All allegations of misconduct will be thoroughly investigated in accordance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.

Review Process

Submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editors. Submissions with significant errors, lack of originality, or weak messages are not accepted. Manuscripts that pass the initial review are sent for peer review to two or more subject matter experts, with the identities of the contributors concealed. Reviewers' comments and the decision (acceptance or rejection) will be communicated to the contributors within three to four months. Accepted articles undergo copy-editing for format, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., and are sent to the authors for proofreading. Publication proceeds only after authors approve the final copy.

Declaration

By submitting a manuscript to CHCMJ, authors agree to adhere to our plagiarism and ethics policy. Authors must affirm that their manuscript is their original work, has not been published elsewhere, and is not under consideration by another journal.

Conflicts of Interest

An article's ability to withstand criticism and gain public trust rests in part on how successfully conflicts of interest are managed during the authoring, peer review, and editorial decision-making processes. When an author, reviewer, or editor has personal or financial links that improperly influence (bias) their work, it is considered a conflict of interest. These ties are sometimes referred to as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties. These connections have varying degrees of potential to affect judgment, from little to significant. There aren't always genuine conflicts of interest in relationships. However, a person may still be in a conflict of interest even if they do not think the relationship has an impact on their ability to make scientific decisions. Financial ties are the easiest to spot conflicts of interest and the ones that are most likely to damage the reputation of the journal, the authors, and science itself. Examples of these links include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and paid expert testimony. But there are other reasons why conflicts could arise, like interpersonal relationships, rivalry in the classroom, and intellectual fervour.

Since it can be more difficult to identify bias in editorials and review articles than in reports of original research, disclosure of such affiliations is especially crucial in this regard. Editors may base their conclusions on information provided in financial interest and conflict-of-interest disclosures.

Publication Frequency

Chettinad Health City Medical Journal (CHCMJ) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published quarterly (January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December) in two formats; printed and online (pISSN: 2277-8845; eISSN: 2278-2044). The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive the final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.

Open Access Policy

The open-access option to publish your articles is happily provided by Chettinad Health City Medical Journal (CHCMJ). This implies that your article will be freely accessible to everyone, wherever, on the internet, both now and in the future.

Every open-access article goes through rigorous editorial, production, and peer review procedures. You must sign an exclusive license agreement, in which the publisher is granted first publishing rights to your article while you, the author, maintain the copyright.

In 2020, the Journal revised its copyright guidelines. Our work is published under the CC BY-NC License, which permits third parties to remix, modify, and expand upon it in non-commercial ways. These parties are not required to license their derivative works under the same conditions, but their new creations must also credit the original publication and be non-commercial. Since 2012, authors have been free to use their full publishing rights and copyright without any limitations. By including a DOI link to the published version of their work on the CHCMJ’s website, authors can distribute their published work to other parties. The authors own trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property (including research data). For the published piece, they are given credit.

Author's rights: Authors can provide a DOI link to the version of the record on the website so that third parties can access their published papers. The authors own trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property (including research data). For the published piece, they are given credit.

  • 1. To incorporate the article into a thesis or dissertation is the author's right.
  • 2. Convert the article to a book.
  • 3. Use sections or excerpts again in other works for non-profit educational purposes, such as posting to your own website.

Article Processing Fees

Article publication charges are INR 3000 (USD 120), which are to be paid after a formal acceptance of the article is received by the author. We ask authors to contribute to costs incurred by processing and publishing Open Access work. When you make a contribution to your CHCMJ Open Access journal, you're funding tools and resources such as:

  • Plagiarism check that certifies the originality of your writing
    In-depth peer review and editorial comments from established experts in your field
    Thorough proofreading and copyediting from our Editorial Analysts to bring your article up to publishing standards
    Typesetting and formatting for PDF versions of your work
    DOI reference number for proper citation
    Permanent web hosting for your articles and globally unrestricted access to your content
    Indexing in all applicable partnered databases and reference services

Misconduct Allegation Policy

All submissions are published with the understanding that all guidelines have been followed.

The editors handle claims of research misconduct in accordance with COPE's rules if they become aware of any such allegations in relation to an article that has been published in the journal.

Complaint Policy

In case of a complaint, please feel free to contact us by phone or email:

Phone : +91 (0)44 4741 1000

Email : editor@care.edu.in

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses provided on this journal website will only be used for the intended objectives of this journal; they will not be disclosed to third parties or be used for any other purpose.