JBMS - Duties of Editors

Fair play and editorial independence
The manuscripts submitted must be evaluated by the editors exclusively on the basis of their relevance to the scope of the journal and their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity). The authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy, or institutional affiliation should not be taken into consideration while evaluating the manuscripts. Apart from the journal, decisions to edit and publish will not be determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies. In the same regard, the Editor-in-Chief will have full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.

This journal operates as a double-blind review process. In accordance with the publishing norms and keeping in view the review process, it will be the Editors and editorial staff's responsibility to ensure to details about the submitted manuscript is shared with anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished information from a manuscript will not be used by Editors and editorial board members for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Publication decisions
In accordance with the peer review process of the journal, the editors will ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo double-blind peer-review by at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. Based on the evaluation process, the Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published. The criteria for the same will be based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations
Editors (in conjunction with the publisher and/or society) will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper by following the COPE Flowcharts when dealing with cases of suspected misconduct. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior will be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. If upon investigation, the ethical concern is well-founded, a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note as may be relevant, will be published in the journal.

Ethical Oversight Policy
JBMS focuses on the COPE definition of ethical oversight: “Ethical oversight should include, but is not limited to, policies on consent to publication, publication on vulnerable populations, ethical conduct of research using animals, ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data and business/marketing practices”. JBMS operates in accordance with ethical principles, according to this definition.
• Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Transparency about the contributions of authors is encouraged.
• Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
• Journal encourages authors to provide a statement of compliance if the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of animal or human subjects.
• JBMS evaluates the cases of data fabrication/falsification thoroughly. We may also ask the authors to provide supporting raw data where required.
• Authors must declare a competing interest to the journal upon submission, or during review, failing to do so the paper may be rejected or retracted.
• JBMS monitors policy compliance and takes appropriate disciplinary action in cases of ethical violations.