The Thai Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Publication Ethics Statements

Updated in April 2024

TJPS follows the guidelines and best practice recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, https://publicationethics.org/) and the ICMJE recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work in medical journals (https://www.icmje.org/). Thus, all parties involved in the process of publishing, i.e., the editorial team, reviewers, and authors, need to agree on ethical standards and commit to the standards as follows:

Editorial team’s ethics

The editorial team consists of the editor-in-chief, associate editors, section editors and managing staff. The team members are required to strict to the ethical standards as follows:

  • Keep the confidentiality of the submitted papers and authors.
  • Maintain reviewers’ anonymity until approval.
  • Make a decision, i.e., rejecting, accepting, or requiring minor or major revisions of the papers, based on reviewers’ comments and professional judgement.
  • Have no conflict of interest with the authors, studies, or any business involved in the manuscripts.
  • Strive to meet the needs of local and international authors and readers.
  • Improve the quality of TJPS continuously with quality assurance.
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic records.
  • Never practice coercive citation by forcing authors to add citations irrelevant to the manuscripts, prior to acceptance for publication, in order to raise the journal scores.
  • Be willing to publish any corrections or retractions when publication errors occur.
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    Reviewer’s ethics

    Reviewers are experts in particular areas who can make comments on submitted manuscripts in terms of the content, research methodology, statistics, references, English writing and composition. They should also follow the set of ethical standards when performing a review as follows:

    • Keep the confidentiality of the reviewed papers.
    • Perform a double-blind peer review within the allocated time.
    • Assess the papers objectively based on their intellectual content, originality, significance, and relevance to the TJPS aims and scope.
    • Provide authors with constructive comments and suggestions to improve the manuscripts.
    • Provide the editorial team with some good reasons for rejecting, accepting, or requiring minor or major revisions of the papers.
    • Inform the editorial team of any conflicts of interest with the authors, studies, or any business involved in the manuscripts.
    • Never practice coercive citation by forcing authors to add citations irrelevant to the manuscripts, prior to acceptance for publication, in order to raise the journal scores.
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      Author’s ethics

      As with the editorial team and reviewers, authors should strictly comply with some ethical standards that embrace:

      • Submission agreement: Must agree or certify that the manuscripts are the original work with other details specified.
      • Confidentiality of participants: Ensure the confidentiality and anonymity of the participants throughout the studies and manuscript submission.
      • Authorship: Consider adding authors’ names to a paper if they significantly contribute to the article according to four criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): (1) substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND (2) drafting the work or reviewing it critically for important intellectual content; AND (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.
      • Conflicts of interest and financial support: Must disclose the conflicts of interest with any business involved in the studies or manuscripts.
      • Ethical approval: Provide evidence of ethical approval for animal and human subjects, or just permission from institutes to conduct low-risk research with self-certification, e.g., content analysis, pharmaceutical laboratory research, etc.
      • Plagiarism: Avoid plagiarizing other people’s work by properly quoting or citing all other’s ideas, whether in handwritten, printed, or electronic form, in the manuscripts. Nevertheless, citing own work is perhaps necessary to avoid “self-plagiarism” or mirror the long-term project. A paper will be immediately rejected or returned to the authors for amendments if plagiarism is found during a reviewing process, or retracted if it is detected after publication.
      • Concurrent submission or double publication: Must accept the Submission Agreement when submitting the article that the article has not been currently under review or published in similar form elsewhere, either in whole or in part.
      • Data or image manipulation: Do not manipulate data with fabrication or falsification, and manipulate figures or images by cropping or altering partly. Seek permission to use data or figures and also cite the original work in the legend.
      • Coercive citation: Report the malpractice to TJPS if being forced to add citations irrelevant to the manuscripts prior to acceptance for publication in order to raise the journal scores.
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        Ethics in human and animal studies

        Authors should adhere to the moral principles for conducting research in human subjects or animals.

        • For human-related research, authors must obtain informed consent from participants willing to partake in the study.
        • Authors should follow the Declaration of Helsinki (DoH) developed by the World Medical Association (WMA). DoH is a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects, including research on identifiable human material and data. Especially for vulnerable people, such as children, pregnant women, or older people, authors have to specify the risks of the study and how to manage them.
        • Regarding clinical trials, authors need to carry out the studies according to International Conference on Harmonization: Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP) guidelines.
        • For animal ethics, any use of animals for experimental studies must be ethical, humane and responsible in accordance with relevant regulations and code of conduct.
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          Rights for authors’ articles and Chula Digital Collections

          In consideration for publication of the article, authors assign to Chula Digital Collections all copyright in the article; see further details in the online submission form (Submission Agreement). 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 Chula Digital Collections, requires credit to Chula Digital Collections as the copyright holder (e.g., Chula Digital Collections © 2024).

          Personal-use exceptions
          Authors are permitted to use the article without further permission from Chula Digital Collections provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification. The permission includes:
          • Storage and back-up of the article on the authors' 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 authors;
          • Posting of the article on the authors' personal website only if the website is non-commercial;
          • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial, open-access institutional repository or publication site affiliated with the authors' workplace place of employment. For example, a university professor can have her article appear in the university or departmental online publication series; and
          • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the authors at the university or college employing them.
          • For people who seek for an exception or have any questions about the article use, please contact the editor.

            General terms and conditions of use

            Users of the Chula Digital Collections website and/or software agree not to misuse the Chula Digital Collections service or software in any way.

            The failure of Chula Digital Collections 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 an 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 Chula Digital Collections and the authors regarding the article submission.

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