Publication Ethics

Author's responsibilities

        Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which includes:

  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time.
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the authors own (“plagiarism”).
  • Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted (Provide a list of the references cited in the text). Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
  • Consent to submit has been received from all co-authors and responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out before the work is submitted.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • The corresponding author is authorized by all authors to transfer all the manuscript's royalties, to sign a binding contract with MNJ as detailed in this copyright form, and to be responsible in case of all disputes that may occur as well as Responding to reviewers’ comments
  • Disclosing information related to the research fund or conflict of interest if available.
  • If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the MJN guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been proven, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:

1)  If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.

2)  If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete

  • Retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note.
  • The author’s institution may be informed.

Recruiting Board Members

        Editorial board members are experts in the field whose judgments are highly valued within the journal’s main discipline. Publication profile is a top factor for editorial board membership selection. They generally undergo a complete revision every two years, with members joining, stepping down, or continuing for another term. The following Qualification Criteria are crucial in selecting editorial board members;

  • The experience of the board members should represent the journal's aim and scope.
  • The board members must be active in their field and are therefore up-to-date with current advances in research and developments.
  • Academic rank above Assistant professor or equivalent.
  • 30-50 publications in National or International peer reviewed journals.
  • should have a publication track record (h-index>5).
  • should have an academic editing experience.
  • Expected to know the policies of the Journal and publisher, Author guidelines, Editor Guidelines and Reviewer guidelines.

Editorial board meetings

       Editorial board meetings are useful opportunities to meet with some or all of the editorial board members to brief them on issues, take questions and also gain ideas for policies and upcoming journal editions. They can be done face to face, or via telephone or video conferencing. Where board meetings are not possible, try to arrange to meet with board members on an individual basis at conferences or other events. Meeting board members is a key way of networking and building and strengthening the relationship with your editorial board.

Editors' General Roles and Responsibilities 

Editor in Chief: 

The Editor-in-Chief (Executive Editor) is a managerial position responsible for organizing the daily tasks of publication outputs as follows:

  • Preparation and supervision of the editing process to improve readability of the published material
  •  Detecting grammatical errors in the copy or proof and approving proofs before publication
  • Assigning print space for publication outputs using knowledge of layout principles.
  • Plans the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Validation of statistical facts using reliable sources
  • Planning content ideas based on readers’ interests.
  • Supervision of the publication production process; including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, to ensure adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Supervision and collaboration with editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis on developing news stories.
  • Assigns topics, events, and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.
  • Preparing acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher. 

Associate Editor:

Associate Editor is responsible for the quality, consistency, and impact of the journal in the research community. This is achieved by selecting qualified, independent, and experienced reviewers to review the submitted manuscripts, and by efficiently managing the peer-review process.

Managing Editor:

The managing editor is responsible for approving or rejecting articles from authors, editing written works, and may contribute to the content of publication by writing letters from the editor and articles. 

Editorial Board members:

Responsibilities of the editorial board members are as follows:

  • Reviewing submitted manuscripts.
  • Attracting new authors for articles submissions by advising on journal policy and scope. Additionally, they may submit their own work after adhering to conflict of interest policy
  • Collaborating with the chief editor and identify topics for special issues to ensure the ongoing development of the journal.

Editors' responsibilities toward readers

  • Clearly stating that editing judgments will ensure the best selection of information that adds to the body of scientific knowledge in the study field.
  • Ensure that all manuscripts chosen for publication are proofread to ensure that the authors' findings are consistent with the evidence presented in the manuscript.
  • Providing contact information for the author so that interested readers may contact the author.
  • All authors are required to evaluate and accept responsibility for the final draft of the submitted manuscript.

Editors' responsibilities toward authors

  • Providing authors with guidance for preparing and submitting articles.
  • Providing a clear description of the Mansoura Nursing Journal's (MJN) authorship criteria policies.
  • Fairness, objectivity, honesty, and openness in dealing with all authors.
  • Accepting or rejecting an article based on its significance, originality, and clarity, as well as the study's relation to the scope of MNJ.
  • Making editing judgments within the review's timetable and conveying them to the author in a straightforward and productive manner.
  • Creating a clear mechanism for tracking the review process and editing choices.
  • Declaring the procedure for author appeal in the event of paper rejection.

Editors' responsibilities toward reviewers

  • Publication of guidelines on the review process and what is expected of reviewers. This guideline should be updated on a regular basis and should relate to or connect to this code.
  • Assigning articles for review based on the reviewer's area of competence and interest.
  • Requesting that the reviewers state any conflicts of interest they may have in examining the assigned article.
  • Establishing a system to ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected. 

Encouraging debate

  • Authors of criticized work should be allowed to react.

Encouraging academic integrity

The following actions are part of editors' responsibilities to ensure academic integrity:

  • Assuring that the research they publish adheres to internationally accepted ethical principles.
  • Obtaining confidence that all research has been authorized by Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Nursing-Mansoura University.
  • Protecting the confidentiality of an individual's information (for example that received through the doctor–patient interaction).
  • Acting if there is a suspicion of impropriety involving published or unpublished works.
  • Seeking feedback from anyone who has made charges against any published material or authors.       If they are dissatisfied with the response, they should request that the relevant employers or some appropriate agency (such as a regulatory organization) to investigate.
  • Making all reasonable efforts to undertake a proper inquiry; if this does not occur, Editors should make all reasonable measures to address the matter and ensuring the academic record's integrity.
  • Prompt correction of any serious mistake, false statement, or distorted report that was previously published.

Editors' responsibilities toward the journal's owners and publishers

  • Making editorial judgments based on the quality of the work and its suitability for readers rather than on immediate financial or political advantage.
  • Adherence to the publishing policy of the owner and publisher.