The Journal and its publishers follow the COPE Code of Conduct
https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines) and Best Practice Guidelines
for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers and the
ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication
of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
As a part of this,
the publication expects the authors, reviewers and editors to follow the
best-practice guidelines on ethical behavior contained therein.
Submitting the manuscript together with figures and tables, the author (authors) declares
(declare) that the manuscript has not been previously published, nor has been submitted to
another journal for consideration. After the article is accepted, authors are required to submit
the copyright form to the Journal. The journal allows authors to retain their copyright, providing
them with full control over their work, including the right to reuse, distribute, and republish it.
Additionally, authors grant the journal the right of first publication by licensing it. The journal
grants to all readers and users a free, irrevocable, global, perpetual right of access to, and a
license to copy, use, distribute, and display the content publicly and to make and distribute
derivative works in any digital medium for any reasonable and non-commercial purpose,
subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the copyrights under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0.
Every submitted article are first reviewed for completeness and sent to be assessed by an Editor
who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Proceeding papers are reviewed by
the Programme Chairs and Programme Committee members of the respective conference, with
help from external reviewers selected by them. Entering the peer review stage does not guarantee the acceptance of the manuscript.
Double Blind Peer Review:
All manuscripts submitted to RGUHS Journal undergo a double-blind peer review
process. The identity of both the author and reviewer is kept hidden. This ensures
impartial evaluations and unbiased opinions on the manuscripts.
Manuscripts submitted to RGUHS Journal must receive a minimum of two sets of
peer reviews before the Editor-in-Chief can decide. Reviewers are selected based on
their expertise in the subject area and are expected to provide constructive and
The Editor-in-Chief considers the peer review comments and overall
recommendations of the reviewers when making a decision on the manuscript.
However, the final responsibility for acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor-in-Chief.
Prompt Peer Review Process:
The Editorial teams at RGUHS Journal strive to expedite the peer review process.
However, the availability and willingness of reviewers to accept review invitations
can impact the timeline. It is not uncommon for a manuscript to go through multiple
review cycles before suitable reviewers are identified.
Confidentiality and Integrity:
RGUHS Journal maintains strict confidentiality and integrity throughout the peer
review and editorial decision-making process. All individuals involved, including
authors, reviewers, and editors, are required to adhere to data protection regulations,
including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Conflict of Interest:
Reviewers must declare any potential conflicts of interest before submitting their
review reports. If reviewers wish to involve colleagues as co-reviewers, they should
seek permission from the journal's editorial office and provide relevant information
No Direct Contact:
Peer reviewers should not contact authors directly. All communication should go
through the journal's editorial office. This ensures an unbiased and fair review
RGUHS Journal follows ethical guidelines for peer reviewers, such as the COPE
Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Reviewers should adhere to these guidelines
throughout the review process
Confidentiality During Investigations:
In cases where ethical queries arise, RGUHS Journal treats all parties involved,
including the submitted manuscript, author, reviewer, and any other individuals, with
confidentiality. During the investigation process, the Editor may need to share
information with third parties, such as ethics committees or the authors' institutions
Portability of Peer Review:
RGUHS Journal supports the portability of peer review. Manuscripts reporting sound
science that does not meet the interest level for a particular journal may be offered the
option to transfer to another RGUHS Journal within the scope of that journal. In such
cases, the peer reviewers' reports are also transferred to the receiving journal
Articles are licensed under an open access Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0, which allows
others to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes.
Under this license, proper credit must be given to the authors, a link to the license
should be provided, and any modifications made to the work must be indicated.
It is important to respect the integrity of the work and avoid using it in any manner
that may harm the authors or the journal.
For more information, please refer https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Journal articles are archived through Portico which is a not-for-profit digital preservation service. It provides the facility to permanently archive content of online journals and other scholarly content and ensures its accessibility to readers and authors.
Journal allows authors to deposit the published version of their article in their institutional or any other repository of their choice without embargo.
Journal articles are archived through Portico which is a not-for-profit digital preservation
service. It provides the facility to permanently archive content of online journals and other
scholarly content and ensures its accessibility to readers and authors
Journal allows authors to deposit the published version of their article in their institutional or
any other repository of their choice without embargo.
Data Sharing and Reproducibility Policy
Journal is committed to promoting transparency and reproducibility in scientific research.
To that end, we have established the following policies on data sharing and reproducibility:
We require that authors make their data openly available and accessible to readers upon publication,
either by depositing it in a recognized public repository or by including it as supplementary material to the article.
We encourage authors to use open data formats and to provide detailed metadata to enable data reuse and
interpretation by other researchers.
We require that authors provide a data availability statement in the article,
indicating where the data can be accessed and any restrictions or limitations on data sharing.
We encourage authors to provide detailed descriptions of the methods used in their research and
to make their code openly available to enable the reproducibility of their results.
We may require that authors provide access to raw data and
analysis code upon request from readers or reviewers.
We may consider publishing replication studies or negative results to promote transparency and
reproducibility in scientific research.
We believe that these policies will help promote open and reproducible science, which benefits
the scientific community and society as a whole.
Policy on Intellectual Property
Journal is recognizes the importance of intellectual property and respects the rights of authors, reviewers,
and readers. By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, authors confirm that their submissions are
original work and do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
The Journal requires that authors grant the Journal the right to publish their work in any format and
distribute it to any third party for non-commercial purposes. The authors retain the copyright to their work,
and the Journal requires that any use of the work for commercial purposes should be negotiated directly
between the authors and the third party.
The Journal acknowledges the importance of data sharing and encourages authors to deposit their
data in publicly accessible repositories. The Journal also requires that authors provide appropriate
citations and acknowledge the sources of any data used in their work.
The Journal will take appropriate measures to protect the intellectual property rights of authors, reviewers, and
readers, and will investigate any allegations of plagiarism, copyright infringement, or other forms of
intellectual property violation.
If you have any questions or concerns about our policy on intellectual property,
please contact us here
By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, you agree to comply with our policy on intellectual property.