Journal of Maine Medical Center Ethics Statement
The Journal of Maine Medical Center (JMMC) upholds the highest ethical standards in publishing scholarly work and supports the international promulgation of such standards by voluntarily adopting the recommendations of the International Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The full text of the ICMJE “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” is available here:http://www.icmje.org/. Authors submitting work to the JMMC are encouraged to review the full text of the recommendations. The JMMC also recognizes the important guidance provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), available at https://publicationethics.org/. The JMMC utilizes both ICMJE and COPE resources when adjudicating ethical issues that arise in publication.
The Journal of Maine Medical Center is devoted to representing the unique experiences, viewpoints and ideals of all of the people who deliver and receive healthcare in communities in Maine and beyond. A diversity of people and perspectives helps to generate innovative approaches that are crucial to the improvement and equitable delivery of healthcare across the globe. We commit to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion – diversity across ranges of race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities, personal histories, hopes and dreams – as we identify and nurture the scholarship that we publish.
Please view our Conflict oF Interest Policy.
The editors of the JMMC pledge to authors, prospective authors and the scholarly community to uphold the following ethical principles.
- Publication Decisions: To base article selection solely on the importance, clarity, originality and intellectual rigor of the empirical research or scholarly arguments.
- Non-discrimination: To promote fairness by not allowing the gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of potential authors to bias article selection. The JMMC seeks to recruit reviewers with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to help protect against unconscious bias.
- Conflict of Interest: To disclose real or perceived conflict of interest by editorial staff and authors.
- Integrity: To prevent scientific misconduct in its publications. Scientific misconduct includes data fabrication, data falsification (e.g., deceptive manipulation of images) and plagiarism (including concurrent or duplicate publication of one’s own work).
Authors submitting work to the JMMC are required to comply with the ICMJE standards, including the following.
- Authorship: The following four criteria are necessary and jointly sufficient to be listed as the author on a manuscript
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- 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.
Preferably, all authors should be identified at the beginning of a research project. In addition, criteria C and D should not be used to exclude persons from authorship who might otherwise qualify for authorship.