Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Medicinus serves as a platform for researchers, scholars, and professionals to share scientific ideas and studies in the field of health and medicine. The journal's primary objective is to advance evidence-based medicine and enhance patient care on a global scale.

As a peer-reviewed, open-access publication, Medicinus covers a broad spectrum of topics within health and medicine. This includes fundamental research, where investigations into genetics, molecular mechanisms, and physiology are explored. Translational research, aimed at bridging the gap between lab discoveries and practical applications, is a central focus. Clinical research, encompassing clinical trials, observational studies, and epidemiology, plays a vital role in shaping the journal's scope. Medicinus also addresses contemporary health challenges, such as emerging diseases, public health issues, healthcare policies, and global health disparities. The journal welcomes original research, comprehensive review articles, and intriguing case reports that contribute new insights and understanding to the field.


Section Policies

Review Article

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Clinical Research

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Case Report

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Peer Review Process

The manuscripts submitted undergo a meticulous evaluation process which employs the use of a double-blind peer review system. The reviewers, who are selected by the Editorial Board, consist of at least one member from the Board itself. When selecting reviewers, their expertise and suitability to the subject matter are taken into careful consideration. The results of this evaluation will be communicated within one month.
Based on thorough examination and recommendations provided by the reviewers, the Editorial Board will make an informed decision regarding acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. At times, revisions may be deemed necessary before acceptance can occur. To facilitate this process, we utilize an online Reviewer Evaluation Form accessible to those who have agreed to assess an article for us.
The form enables reviewers to rate various aspects such as quality, format, presentation methodology accuracy readability among other criteria while providing insightful comments about these areas as well.


Publication Frequency

February - June - October


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  This access is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.



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Author Fees and Publication Charges Policy

This journal does not charge any author processing fees or article submission fees. There are no costs that the author is required to pay.


Author Self-Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites and institutional or funder repositories after publication. The final published PDF version should be used and bibliographic details that credit the publication in this journal should be included.


Competing Interest Policy

A competing interest is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation, peer review, editorial decision-making, or publication of research or non-research articles" (with acknowledgement and thanks to PLoS).

Competing interests can be financial or non-financial, professional, or personal. Competing interests can arise in relationship to an organization or another person.

Declaring all potential competing interests is a requirement and is integral to the transparent reporting of research.

1) Authors must declare all relevant competing interests for consideration during the review process.

2) Editors (professional or academic, paid or unpaid) and reviewers must declare their own competing interests and if necessary recuse themselves from involvement in the assessment of a paper.

3) Anyone who comments on or rates published papers in Jurnal Kedokteran Medicinus must declare their competing interests at the time of posting their comments and/or rating.


Complaints Policy

Complaints should be sent via e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief at medicinus.fk@uph.edu. In your complaint, please clearly describe the nature, circumstances, and subject of the complaint. All complaints will be addressed promptly following the best practice in the ethics of scholarly journal publishing.


Copyright Policy

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike International License (CC-BY-SA 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


Ethics and Misconduct Policy

Jurnal Kedokteran Medicinus and its editors will take reasonable "steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others." In no case shall DeReMa or its editors "encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place."

Researchers should be honest about their research. Researchers need to have a high ethical standard at all times during the research, in areas such as receiving funds for research, publishing research results, and fairly compensating participants. More specifically, research papers that are forged, altered, plagiarized, overlapped, and/or dishonest cannot be published either online or in journals and are not eligible for research funds

Forgery, Alteration, Plagiarism

  • Forgery: making up data or research results that do not exist.
  • Alteration: fabricating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing/deleting research results intentionally to distort research contents or results.
  • Plagiarism: using others' ideas, research (process and contents), and/or results without proper authorization or citation.

Overlap Publication and Dishonest Research

  • Publishing research papers that contain the same or similar contents to that which were/are published in other journals or books in the Society's memoir, or publishing research papers that are/were published in the Society's memoir in other journals or books.
  • Multiple or duplicate publications can be allowed after a review from the Publication Council if it is qualified under the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org).
  • Wrongful Research Paper Author Indication: either refusing to grant a qualification to publish (without proper reasons) to a person who contributed to science and/or technology with his/her research contents or results, or granting qualification to publish to a person who did not contribute to science and/or technology because of a wish to express appreciation or honor.

Who qualifies as an author?

All authors must have made a significant intellectual contribution to the manuscript according to the criteria formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Each author should have participated sufficiently in work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credits should be based only on substantial contributions to (a) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; (b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (c) final approval of the version to be published.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funds or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. The role played by each author should be described on the cover page (e.g., in planning and/or conducting the study, collecting and/or interpreting data, and/or drafting the manuscript). The corresponding author is responsible for all aspects of the manuscript.

 In the event that we are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article, we will follow COPE's Guidelines for dealing with allegations. [With acknowledgement and thanks to DOAJ.]


Advertising Policy

As a prominent publisher in the field of Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM), we cater to the marketing and educational initiatives of numerous corporate entities on a global scale.


Informed Consent Policy

The core principle emphasizes the unassailable rights inherent to every individual, which must be upheld without infringement. This concept extends to research participation, where individual subjects retain the authority to determine the destiny of their identifiable personal data, spoken disclosures made during studies or interviews, and any captured visual documentation. This principle gains particular prominence in cases involving potentially susceptible groups, like minors, patients, refugees, or instances marked by sensitive subject matter. The inclusion of visuals frequently mandates obtaining written consent, ensuring adherence to ethical considerations.

In disseminating research findings, exercising prudence and refraining from revealing details that could lead to identification is imperative. This encompasses elements like names, birthdates, identity numbers, and biometric traits (such as facial features, fingerprints, writing style, voice patterns, DNA). Nonetheless, exceptions are granted when such information is integral to scholarly intent and explicit written consent has been obtained from participants, their legal guardians (in cases of minors or those deemed incapable), or authorized representatives. Ensuring complete anonymity proves intricate in certain instances, particularly when detailed portrayals inadvertently unveil identities. In cases where information is adequately anonymized and visual representations that might reveal identity are omitted, the need for consent might be mitigated.

In situations marked by uncertainty, prudent action involves seeking informed consent for publication. For instance, solely obscuring the eye region in participant photographs falls short of ensuring anonymity; significant alterations to identifying features, such as in the context of genetic profiles, necessitate assurance that the intended meaning remains unaltered.

Specific exceptions exist where consent need not be pursued: (1) Instances involving particular medical images, like X-rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, brain scans, and pathology slides, do not inherently demand consent unless concerns about identification arise; in such scenarios, obtaining consent becomes imperative. (2) The reuse of images from previous publications is predicated on the assumption that requisite consent was procured in the initial publication. Authors bear the responsibility of appropriately attributing republished images.


Research Ethics Policy

To create a strong scientific network, it is essential to maintain the credibility of published research by diligently following research ethics. Authors should take into account the subsequent recommendations when submitting their manuscripts:

In scientific research, authors must ensure their contributions are substantial and original. They should avoid plagiarism by properly attributing and citing the work of others. Editors may ask for access to raw data to promote transparency in the research process.

Simultaneous submission of the same research to multiple journals is prohibited. Any potential conflicts of interest between authors and external institutions must be disclosed to maintain transparency. 

Authors should also acknowledge any limitations within their work that may potentially mislead or introduce bias. In studies involving human subjects, obtaining written informed consent is crucial. 

Additionally, researchers should clearly state if hazardous materials or procedures were used in their study, as well as whether human or animal subjects were involved.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

1. Editorial Integrity and Review Process:

  • Fair and Unbiased Review: "Medicinus" is committed to upholding the principles of fairness and impartiality in the peer-review process. Manuscripts will be evaluated solely on their scholarly merit, without regard to the author's identity, affiliation, or other potential biases.
  • Confidentiality: Editors, reviewers, and editorial staff are required to treat all submitted manuscripts with strict confidentiality. Manuscript content should not be disclosed to unauthorized individuals during the review process.

2. Authorship and Originality:

  • Authorship Criteria: Authors are expected to adhere to established authorship criteria, including substantial contributions to the research and writing of the manuscript. All listed authors should have agreed to the submission and be aware of the content.
  • Originality: Authors must ensure that submitted manuscripts are original and have not been previously published elsewhere. Proper citations and acknowledgments of prior work are essential.

3. Plagiarism and Duplicate Publication:

  • Plagiarism: "Medicinus" considers plagiarism a serious ethical violation. Authors are required to submit original work and properly cite and reference the sources of their information. Manuscripts found to contain plagiarized content will be rejected or retracted.
  • Duplicate Publication: Authors must disclose if their manuscript has been submitted or published elsewhere. Duplicate submission or publication is not permissible unless clearly indicated and justified.

4. Data and Image Integrity:

  • Data Integrity: Authors are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the data presented in their manuscripts. Falsification or manipulation of data is considered unethical.
  • Image Integrity: All images, figures, and graphs must accurately represent the research results. Any image manipulation or enhancement should be clearly disclosed in the manuscript.

5. Conflicts of Interest:

  • Disclosure: Authors, reviewers, and editors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the research, review, or editorial process. Transparency in reporting financial, personal, or institutional interests is essential.

6. Corrections and Retractions:

  • Errors and Corrections: "Medicinus" is committed to promptly addressing errors or inaccuracies in published articles. Authors should promptly notify the journal if errors are discovered in their work. Corrections will be published as appropriate.
  • Retractions: In cases of serious ethical violations or research misconduct, the journal may consider retracting a published article. This action will be taken in accordance with established COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.

7. Editorial Independence:

  • Independence: Editors and editorial board members of "Medicinus" operate with editorial independence and make decisions based on the quality of the work, its relevance, and its ethical considerations, without interference from external parties.

8. Reviewer Conduct:

  • Reviewers' Responsibilities: Reviewers are expected to conduct thorough and objective evaluations of manuscripts. They should report any potential conflicts of interest and maintain confidentiality.

9. Complaints and Appeals:

  • Complaints: "Medicinus" welcomes feedback and complaints related to ethical concerns. Authors, reviewers, or readers with ethical concerns should contact the editorial office. Appeals related to editorial decisions can also be submitted for reconsideration.

This publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is aligned with industry best practices and the guidelines set forth by organizations like the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). "Medicinus" is committed to upholding these ethical principles and maintaining the highest standards of publication integrity.