Authorship Policy


Authorship gives researchers credit for their contributions to a study and entails responsibility. The Medsci Publication journals, including the NJMR, expect authors to follow recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for the authorship of a paper. The ICMJE recommends the following four criteria for authorship:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  3. Final approval of the version to be published
  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.

In addition to these criteria, we also require that authors meet the following additional criteria, such as:

  1. Participation in the writing of the manuscript or substantial revision of its intellectual content
  2. Approval of the final version of the manuscript
  3. Agreement to be responsible for all aspects of the work in ensuring its accuracy and completeness.

It's important to note that all authors should meet all of the authorship criteria and not just one or two. Furthermore, individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be acknowledged for their contributions in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript.

When an article is submitted to the NJMR, the journal assumes that all of the listed authors have reviewed and approved of all of the contents, as well as the author list and author contribution statements. Any modifications that are made to the author list after it has been submitted, whether it be a change in the order of the authors, the deletion or addition of authors, or any other alteration, need to be accepted by all of the authors.

The institution at which the author(s) did the majority of their work ought to serve as the primary affiliation for that author(s). If an author has relocated since the work was written, the new address can be included in addition to the previous one.

Before or after the work has been published, the editors are unable to conduct investigations or provide decisions regarding authorship disputes. If such conflicts can't be settled among the authors, they should be brought to the attention of the appropriate authorities at the relevant institution.

A group of authors working together can be referred to as a consortium. In the event that it is required, individual writers have the option of being included on both the primary author list and the member list of a consortium. At the very end of the work, all authors who were part of a consortium need to be listed.

When submitting a work, authors are obligated to include a statement of responsibility that outlines the specific contributions made by each author.

All authors are strongly encouraged to supply their Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) iDs in order to promote transparency and ensure that academic contributions are attributed in a clear and unambiguous manner.

In the event that an author has changed their name after publication for any cause that is considered to be valid, they have the right to request that their name and any other pertinent biographical information be altered.


Corresponding Author

The corresponding author of a research manuscript is responsible for the following:

  1. Communication: The corresponding author is the primary point of contact between the journal and the authors of the manuscript. They are responsible for communicating with the journal throughout the submission, review, and publication processes.
  2. Manuscript submission: The corresponding author is responsible for submitting the manuscript to the journal on behalf of all authors. They are also responsible for ensuring that the manuscript conforms to the journal's guidelines and requirements.
  3. Authorship: The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all authors meet the criteria for authorship and that they have agreed to be listed as authors on the manuscript.
  4. Conflict of interest: The corresponding author is responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest related to the manuscript, including financial, personal, or professional conflicts. Please refer to our competing interests (COI)' policy for more information.
  5. Review process: The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with the journal regarding the review process, including responding to reviewer comments and making revisions to the manuscript as requested.
  6. Publication: The corresponding author is responsible for reviewing the proofs and approving the final version of the manuscript before publication. They are also responsible for ensuring that all authors have reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript.

Overall, the corresponding author plays a key role in the publication process and is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript is prepared and submitted in accordance with the journal's guidelines and requirements.



What should be included?

The acknowledgement section may be used to thank anyone who contributed significantly to the work but is not eligible for authorship. Contributors who meet the authorship criteria and are listed as authors should not be listed in the acknowledgements section. Before submission, authors should carefully consider the contributions of each researcher and assess their authorship criteria.

The section is also used to disclose pertinent funding information. We recommend authors acknowledge all the funders and grants for research and/or publications in this section.

What should not be included?

This section should not be used to declare any type of competing interest, whether financial or non-financial. These should be declared separately in a statement of conflicting interests (COI).

There should be no mention of anonymous referees or editors, superfluous words, or effusive praise in the acknowledgements.