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Policies

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Conflict of Interest Policy

View our Conflict of Interest Policy.

Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism Policy

The Journal of Mane Medical Center treats issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. Authors should ensure their work is entirely original and that any work and/or words of others have been appropriately acknowledged. All submitted articles will be checked with duplication-checking software, Turnitin, to ensure integrity. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or correction; retracting the article; or taking appropriate legal action.

Appeals Policy

View our Appeals Policy.

Philosophy of Journal of Maine Medical Center

For more information, please see Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Maine Medical Center provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

The following four criteria are necessary and jointly sufficient to be listed as the author on a manuscript.  
A. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
B. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
C. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
D. 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.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Maine Medical Center, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Maine Medical Center. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Maine Medical Center, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Maine Medical Center has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Research Subject Protection Requirements

Original research or any report involving research using human or animal subjects must have appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approvals or determinations prior to submitting. Note this status clearly in the cover letter and manuscript’s Methods section. You may be required to provide proof of appropriate oversight.

If the submitted work is not research based on a determination from an IRB (e.g., QI projects), please indicate this.

Submission types that do not involve human subjects do not require IRB approval.

If an IRB is not available at an author’s institution, review of the research by an institutional compliance or HIPAA-related committee may be sufficient. This must be described in the cover letter and manuscript’s Methods section. Use of a commercial IRB is also an option.

Identifying information, including names, initials or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent must be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained.

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Rights for Authors and MaineHealth Knowledge Connection

The Journal of Maine Medical Center applies the Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY) to all works we publish. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.
The author may include the officially published version of the article (version of record) in an institutional or disciplinary repository, provided the posting includes a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, and a link to the online edition of the journal.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of MaineHealth Knowledge Connection, requires credit to MaineHealth Knowledge Connection as copyright holder (e.g., MaineHealth Knowledge Connection © 2019).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from MaineHealth Knowledge Connection provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the MaineHealth Knowledge Connection website and/or software agree not to misuse the MaineHealth Knowledge Connection service or software in any way.

The failure of MaineHealth Knowledge Connection to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between MaineHealth Knowledge Connection and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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