Editorial Policy, Ethics and Responsibilities

Editorial Policy

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission does not infringe any copyright, nor violate any proprietary rights, nor contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). The author understands that failure to adhere to these submission guidelines will delay the peer review process.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. The author understands that failure to adhere to these submission guidelines will delay the peer review process.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. The author understands that failure to adhere to these submission guidelines will delay the peer review process.
  • Authors agree to disclose all affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. Please submit any disclosures on a separate supplemental document titled “author COI.”
  • Authors agree to have appropriate permission to use images or other copyrighted content, and have include appropriate citations for these sources.
  • If applicable, authors agree that appropriate consent documents are provided.
  • If applicable, authors agree that Institutional Review Board approval was obtained and noted in manuscript.

Ethics, Errata, Plagiarism and Responsibilities.

The Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine (JETem) is dedicated to the quality of the educational manuscripts we publish. JETem is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by their standards which can be found here.

In accordance with the COPE guidelines, the editors of JETem follow the standards for relationships with readers, authors, and reviewers, as well as procedures for handling complaints. JETem adheres to the principles of transparency and best practices in scholarly publishing. If authors have a complaint, they should use the Contact Us form on this page, or email directly to JETemOnline@gmail.com.

The journal expects that authors, editors, and reviewers comply with the standards of ethical behavior in publishing.  Specifically:

Author responsibilities:

Authors should submit a well-organized manuscript that is original and free of plagiarism. It is unethical to knowingly submitting inaccurate or plagiarized statements. The journal will refer any alleged misconduct to the author’s institution to be investigated. Authors should cite references appropriately.

All individuals who have contributed significantly to the project should be listed as an author and all listed authors should have contributed significantly to the manuscript. Authors should not submit identical articles to more than one journal, concurrently; however, given that JETem publications focus on scholarly educational content and initial results, it is not considered unethical to separately write-up and publish manuscripts that focus on the long-term outcomes of the educational intervention. The corresponding author should ensure there is a full consensus by all co-authors of the manuscript when it is submitted and when the final version is approved for publication.

Authors should contribute to the academic community by participating in the peer review process. Authors must notify JETem if they have any conflicts of interest. Authors should disclose any financial support received for the project under review. Authors are expected to notify JETem of any manuscript corrections or retractions in a timely manner.

Reviewers responsibilities:

Reviewers must respect the original ideas and intellectual property of the submitting authors. As such, reviewers must maintain confidentiality of the manuscripts they review during and after the peer-review process. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential until the manuscript is published. Reviewers may not use privileged information for personal or institutional gain.

Upon receipt of a manuscript for review, reviewers should alert the editors if they have any conflicts of interest related to the manuscript they are assigned. During the review process, reviewers should provide an objective evaluation of the manuscript, commenting on how it can  be improved.

Editor responsibilities:

The journal editors are responsible for ensuring that all published manuscripts of are of high quality. Editors evaluate manuscripts based on the educational merit of the work. The editors encourage all authors to maintain academic integrity in their work.

Specifically, senior associate and section editors offer pre-decisions on manuscript topics applicability to the journal emphasis, work with the editorial team to select qualified reviewers and ensure that at least two reviews have been completed, provide a third review and editorial decision given blinded reviews of the manuscript prior to Editor-in-Chief final decision.

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) has final responsibility for the quality, content and decision making on all manuscripts. Specifically, the EIC is responsible for the quality of articles through pre-screening, offers pre-decisions on manuscript topic applicability to the journal emphasis, works with the editorial team to screen and select qualified reviewers, reviews and approves all final manuscript editorial decisions, as well as reviews all layouts of manuscripts prior to publication.

The editors of JETem will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where misconduct has occurred.  JETem screens submissions for plagiarism using web-based software called Copyscape. Editors do not encourage or knowingly allow any academic misconduct. In the event that the editors are made aware of any allegation misconduct related to the scholarly works submitted or published on JETem, the editors shall deal with the allegations appropriately and in a timely manner. If we are notified of any plagiarism or misconduct, the article will be reviewed by senior associate editors, discussed with authors to determine level of misconduct and will retract or correct articles as needed.

The editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary.