The Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (IJPP) is the official journal of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI). The policies of the IJPP have been drawn from its own experience as well as from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) and World Association of Medical Editors (www.wame.org). This document covers the following issues:
The editorial team comprises of Executive Editor, Editor Physiology and Editor Pharmacology. They are supported by a team of Assistant Editors. The office of Executive Editor is located in Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The Executive Editor is responsible for final publication of print-copy and the online website of the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. The dispatch of print-copy to the members of the APPI (Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India) and other subscribers is also handled by the Editorial office. The Editorial Board is constituted through an election amongst the members of APPI. The tenure of the editors is for three years.
The Editorial Board operates with complete freedom in matters related to the review and decision-making process of a manuscript. The manuscripts are submitted to the Executive Editor, who forwards them to the Editor Physiology or Editor Pharmacology as appropriate. Each of the three editors i.e. Executive Editor, Editor Physiology and Editor Pharmacology can independently process the manuscript submitted to them. The decision to publish or reject a manuscript is taken solely on the basis of its originality, its scientific and academic validity and its relevance within the scope of the journal (i.e. physiology, pharmacology and allied sciences). The journal gives equal academic value to manuscripts challenging the current notions in science as well as to the manuscripts with negative results as long as it passes through review process. The decisions of the respective section-editors on the acceptability of manuscripts for publication are final. (See below: Editorial Response to disputes)
The members of the Editorial Board do not receive any financial remuneration for their work. The financial transactions at the office of the Executive Editor is regularly audited and presented to the executive committee of the APPI and to the General Body Meeting during the Annual Conference of the APPI for approval.
Constitution of Editorial Board
The Executive Editor, Editor Physiology and Editor Pharmacology are elected for a period of 3 years. The elections are held during the General Body Meeting of the members of the APPI conducted during the annual conference of the APPI (APPICON). All life members of the APPI are eligible to stand for elections. Details of the nomination procedure and electoral policy can be obtained from the office of APPI. The Assistant Editors are chosen by the Executive Editor, Editor Physiology and Editor Pharmacology in consultation with the office bearers of the APPI.
Editorial Response to disputes
In case of any dispute regarding research publications, the Executive Editor shall review the circumstances along with Editor Physiology and Editor Pharmacology. They may take the help of Assistant Editors. Views of all the three editors will be taken into consideration. During the process of settlement of dispute, the review process will be halted pending decision. In absence of consensus amongst the three editors, decision by vote will be taken including the Assistant Editors. The decision will be taken as early as possible (not later than 2 months). In case of dispute arising after publication of the manuscript, similar process will be followed ultimately leading either to retraction of manuscript or abrogation of charges as the case may be. The proceedings of dispute shall remain confidential within Editorial Board. The action taken regarding dispute ranges from a letter demanding explanation to the rejection/retraction of the manuscript. The editorial office may notify the parent organization where the purported research was conducted, if deemed necessary.
The Journal is accessible free of cost from its website: www.ijpp.com. There are no publication charges. The financial support for the maintenance of website and publication of the hard copy is provided by the APPI.
On receiving a manuscript, the Editorial Board acknowledges the receipt of manuscript to the corresponding author. The manuscripts that do not fall within the stated purview of the IJPP are returned to the author without peer review process. This is done to allow the authors to submit their manuscript to other journals without delay.
All types of manuscripts, potentially publishable in the journal are put through peer review process involving at least 2 external reviewers. Occasionally, assessment by a 3rd external reviewer is also sought. The reviewers are chosen by the Editorial Board on the basis of their stated or known expertise in the subject matter of the manuscript as well as their ability to critically evaluate the manuscript. The guidelines for reviewers are available at the journal’s website. The reviewers are blinded to the authorship of the manuscript. The assessments of reviewers are compiled by the editorial staff and vetted by the Editorial Board before communicating it to the corresponding author. As a policy, both the authors and reviewers are blinded to each other.
The reviewers are expected to declare conflict of interest, if any, at the time of the review process for each manuscript being reviewed by them.
Given the multidisciplinary nature of modern research, the journal ascribes equal weightage to all the authors irrespective of the number or order of the authorship in a given manuscript. The number of authors and their order in the manuscript is the prerogative of the authors. The Editorial Board respects the agreement form signed by all the authors.
Authorship is a method of taking credit as well as responsibility for the content of manuscript and integrity of the background research work on which the manuscript is based. It is assumed (on the assurance of the corresponding author) that all authors of a given manuscript have:
1. substantially contributed to the conduct of some aspect of the research work.
2. read the drafts, final version and revisions, if any, of the manuscript.
The corresponding author takes the responsibility of communicating with the Editorial Office, involving all the other authors in the revision process and testifying the integrity of the research work.
All the authors are expected to reveal any conflict of interest at the time of submission of the manuscript. The Editorial Board reserves the right to retract the manuscript in case of undeclared conflict of interest that is brought to its notice even after the manuscript has been published.
Those who have contributed to the conduct of work and preparation of manuscript but not sufficiently enough to be regarded as authors can be accredited in the acknowledgment. The consent of those being acknowledged should be taken separately and submitted to the journal.
In case of authorship disputes, the Editorial Board leaves the decision with all the concerned authors. Any change in number or order of authorship at any stage of manuscript review or publication, should be accompanied by written statement and explanation from all the authors. The Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject the changes or claims in the authorship. The decision of the Editorial Board is conveyed to all the authors of manuscript under dispute.
The journal strongly discourages “Guest authorship”, “Ghost Authorship” or “Omitted Authorship”
Guest authorship: Authors that have been included because of reputation, position of authority or friendship.
Ghost authorship: Those who have contributed in preparation of the manuscript but have not been included in the list of authors to deliberately avoid disclosure of conflict of interests.
Omitted authorship: Those who have contributed significantly and integrally in the conduct of research but were not included in the process of manuscript writing and publication.
All manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication are assumed to have prior documented approval of the study from appropriate local ethical committee(s). In case the investigators did not have access to formal ethics committee, it is assumed that the study was conducted within the framework of accepted ethical policies of the region. The undertaking by the corresponding authors regarding the ethical conduct of the study suffices at the time of submission of the manuscript.
The IJPP and APPI strongly discourage plagiarism in any form. Even as the editorial office does not routinely check for plagiarism using software tools, any instance of plagiarism that is brought to the notice of the editors is viewed with due seriousness.
Authors: All the authors are expected to read the agreement form and disclose any conflict of interest. The declared conflict of interest is annotated in the article.
Reviewers: All the reviewers are expected to disclose any existing or potential conflict of interest at the time of accepting the offer to review a manuscript.
Members of the Editorial Board: Manuscripts authored by members of the Editorial Board are referred to the alternative offices of any of the three Editors of IJPP. It is assumed that none of the members would use their position to either facilitate or impede the review process of the manuscripts.
The journal encourages the acknowledgement of financial support for the conduct of the research, if any.
The decision to print an advertisement is taken at the office of the Executive Editor. The journal reserves the right to refuse advertisement. The advertisement charges are printed in the journal and are also available on the official website of the journal. The process of advertisement does not influence the editorial processing of manuscript.