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The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections

Policies

Contents

Philosophy of The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections

For more information, please see The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections 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. This journal does not charge article processing/publishing charges (APCs) or submission charges. We strongly believe that investigators submitting significant research should not be required to pay for article processing fees.

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General Submission Rules

Research Involving Human Subjects

Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript. Further information and documentation to support this should be made available to the Editor on request. Manuscripts may be rejected if the Editor believes the research has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.

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Research Involving Animals

For research involving vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates a statement detailing compliance with relevant guidelines (e.g. The International Council for Laboratory Animal Science - ICLAS) and/or ethical approval (including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate) must be included in the manuscript. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript.

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For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. For manuscript reporting studies involving vulnerable groups (for example unconscious patients) where there is the potential for coercion (for example prisoners) or where consent may not have been fully informed, manuscripts will be considered at the editor's discretion.

For manuscripts that may be publishing personal information about identifiable patients, such as a case report, the journal requires a blank copy of the consent form used for the patient to be uploaded as a supplementary file with their article submission.

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Competing Interests

Authors are required to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. Submitted manuscripts must include a ‘competing interests’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). Where authors have no competing interests, they should state that "The authors have no competing interests to declare." The Editor(s) may ask for further information relating to competing interests.

Editors and/or reviewers are also required to declare any competing interests and may be excluded from the peer review process if a competing interest exists.

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Duplicate Publication

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Preprint Servers: Posting of un-refereed manuscripts to a community preprint server by the author will not be considered prior publication, provided that the following conditions are met: 1) During submission, authors must acknowledge preprint server deposition and provide any associated accession numbers or DOIs; 2) Versions of a manuscript that have been altered as a result of the peer review process may not be deposited; 3) The preprint version cannot itself have been indexed in MEDLINE or PubMed; 4) Upon publication, authors are responsible for updating the archived preprint with a DOI and link to the published version of the article.Abstracts/Webcasts: If some or all of the work in the manuscript has been published or submitted in abstract form, and/or overlapping data exists, the following rules apply: 1) The published or submitted abstract must accompany the submitted manuscript; 2) The abstract cannot itself have been referenced in MEDLINE or PubMed; 3) The potentially overlapping work and a separate explanation of the nature of any possible overlap with the submitted manuscript must accompany the submitted manuscript. Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. All submissions are checked for plagiarism and editors follow published COPE guidelines in cases of suspected plagiarism.

Please confirm that the figures/images are completely original work of the author, never published before, not based on published work. If replicated from other published sources, please provide appropriate citation and copyright information.

In addition, by submitting material to The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections, 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 The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections, please contact the editors.

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Data Availability

Authors are strongly encouraged to make the data used to produce their research findings available. Authors can submit a dataset as a supplementary file with their article submission or provide a link to an online data repository.

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Peer Review Process

All Research Articles and Review Articles published in the The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections undergo peer review. This involves single-blind review, where reviewers remain anonymous, by at least two external peer reviewers. Appropriate editors are assigned by the managing editor of the journal following submission. Editors choose reviewers based on expertise and past review and external reviewers typically have 2 weeks to submit their review. The journal office provides reminders to reviewers and updates to authors regarding any delays.

Reviewers are asked to provide the editorial office with their recommendation regarding the scientific merit, research ethics, and manuscript quality in the form of a decision from one of the following:

  • Reject
  • Major Revision
  • Minor Revision
  • Accept

Decisions are then communicated to the author with further instruction on the appropriate next steps.

In cases where authors include members of the editorial board, the managing editor assigns non-author editors to contact and assign peer reviewers.

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Formatting Requirements

The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections 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. It is the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word file or RTF that can be converted to a PDF file.

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Attribution and Usage Policies

Author(s) submitting to The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections retain full copyright in the submitted article and therefore can exercise copyright accordingly and consistently with governing copyright law. Upon acceptance, author(s) will grant the University of Louisville a nonexclusive license to publish the submitted article subject to the other terms and conditions of the JRI publication agreement signed by author(s) and any requirements governing any Creative Commons licenses affixed to the journal and individual articles.

This policy is compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Creative Commons License

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Allegations of Research Misconduct

The journal takes allegations of research misconduct seriously, and follows up on all cases of suspected plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification or fabrication according to the published standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Upon receiving an allegation, the editorial office will open a case to collect evidence, contact involved parties, and render a decision. Depending on the outcome, correction or retraction of an article may be required, as well as notifying of the appropriate regulatory bodies. Useful definitions of scientific misconduct are available here.

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Authorship and Contributions

Articles should contain a section listing authorship contributions Listed authors must have agreed to be an author and made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript.

Authors should do one or both of the following:

  • Substantial contribution to the conception or design of the work
  • Performed acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work

In addition, each author should be involved in drafting or revising the work, approving the final version and agreeing to be accountable for all aspects of the accuracy and integrity of the work. More details can be found at the ICMJE page for authorship roles.

Anyone contributing to the research or manuscript preparation who is not an author, should be acknowledged at the end of the manuscript with their permission. Submissions by anyone other than an author are not considered.

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Funding

Research Articles and Review Articles should include a section for a funding statement to declare the role of funding in study design, research interpretation, and reporting. If no funding was received a statement should be included that the research was unfunded.

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Appeals

In the case of authors(s) wishing to make appeals to the editorial decisions of the journal, correspondence should be directed to the editorial office containing the specific grounds for the appeal. This is reviewed by the editorial office and the editor-in-chief. The author(s) will then be informed of the results of the appeal and the appropriate next steps.

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Corrections

Errors by the authors may be corrected by submitting an update to the editorial office including the name of the article along with proposed corrections. All authors will be asked to agree to the content of the corrections. The correction will be listed in an erratum on the journal.

For errors that significantly affect the scientific conclusions of the work or if there is evidence of misconduct, a retraction may be required or an expression of concern in keeping with COPE Retraction Guidelines.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ThinkIR: The University of Louisville's Institutional Repository website and/or software agree not to misuse the ThinkIR: The University of Louisville's Institutional Repository service or software in any way.

The failure of ThinkIR: The University of Louisville's Institutional Repository 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 ThinkIR: The University of Louisville's Institutional Repository and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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