Diyala Journal of Medicine (DJM) was established according to the agreement of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research-foundation of as per authorization letter Number 12c/2433 on 19th August 2010. then, started to receive different manuscripts in all fields of medicine including clinical medicine and surgery, basic medical sciences, dentist, and pharmacology. Diyala Journal of Medicine Usually deals with articles closely related to clinical problems more common in Iraq and the Middle East. Currently, DJM is publishing 4 issues per year. The DJM is a scientific referred journal published by the College of Medicine – University of Diyala, Baqubah, Diyala, Iraq. This Journal is sponsored by the University of Diyala. The University of Diyala is a governmental university that follows the laws and the instructions of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq. DJM has a printed ISSN of 2219-9764 and an Electronic ISSN of 2617-8982. DJM is reviewing rules relayed on a secure evaluation, which are done by senior reviewers that have related research experience. The considered articles are written in the English language with Arabic abstracts. The average editorial speed of the DJM are:
1. Time from submission to first decision: 4-6 weeks
2. Time from submission to final acceptance: 5-9 weeks
The names and emails in contact with this journal site will be used only for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be available for any other aims or to any other purposes.
The article topics that are published in DJM including:
Responsibilities of the Editor
Decisions of publication
The editor of DJM is in charge of deciding which of the submitted articles can be published. Our editor assesses articles with no regard to the authors; religion, gender, ethnic origin, political philosophy or citizenship. The editor takes the decision according to the importance of the submitted article, clarity and originality, and the validity of the article in addition to its relevance to the scope of DJM. The editor considers the reviewer's comments and notes to take the final decision about the submitted manuscript. Legal requirements concerning libel, infringement of copyright, and plagiarism should also be taken into consideration.
The editor of DJM or any staff must not disclose any information concerning the submitted article to anyone other than the editorial advisers, corresponding author(s), reviewers, and the publisher in, inappropriate way.
Disclosure of the conflicts of interest
Unpublished contents disclosed in a submitted article cannot be used by the DJM editor or the staff for their personal research works without the written explicit author approval.
Responsibilities of the Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Board Decision
The process of the DJM peer-reviewing helps the journal editor and the editorial board to take the appropriate decision about the submitted article. In addition, it helps the author (s) to improve their articles.
The selected reviewer has all the rights to decline the contribution in the reviewing process if he/she feels that the paper does not fall within his/her area of expertise or any other reason. The selected reviewer should directly indicate whether he/she accept or reject the assignment by sending a notification to the editor.
Any received manuscripts for reviewing must be considered confidential documents. These submitted articles must not be disclosed or discussed with anyone except the authorized editors.
Reviewers must write their opinions clearly, objectively, and unbiased with supporting arguments. Author personal criticism is forbidden.
Acknowledgment of sources
Reviewers should check the citation cases and the references of the submitted articles. They should identify whether the contents taken from other publications are related to the respective sources. Reviewers should notify the editor of any overlap or substantial similarity with the submitted manuscript and any other publications they know.
Conflict of interest disclosure
Ideas obtained or privileged information during reviewing must not be used for personal advantage and should be kept confidential. The editor does not deal with the reviewers who have conflicts of interest due to connections or relationships with any of the authors, institutions, or companies related to the manuscripts.
Duties of the Authors
Standards of Reporting
Authors of novel articles should submit a truthful account of the research done besides clarifying its significance. Data must be accurately written in the submitted article. The submitted article must have sufficient details and references to help other researchers to develop the work. Knowingly inaccurate or fraudulent statements are considered unacceptable unethical conduct.
Retention and Data Access
Authors should be ready to submit the raw data of their work accompanied with the submitted article to the DJM editor and should be ready to make it publicly accessible if practicable. Generally, authors should guarantee the accessibility of their raw data to other researchers for at least ten years after publication (by a professional data center); protecting authors and their legal rights.
Originality, Plagiarism, and Acknowledgement of Sources
Authors should submit original works, and should appropriately quote or cite the work and/or words of other researchers. Influential and most recent references of the submitted article should also be cited. The DJM has its own similarity checker which is handled by the editorial board of the journal. In addition, DJM checks the plagiarism of submitted articles by Turnitin. Thus, the journal editor has the right to reject any article that he/she feels contains a high similarity ratio with other published work.
Concurrent, Multiple or Redundant Publications
Submitting the same manuscript to two or more journals represents unacceptable and unethical publishing conduct. Generally, submitted articles describing basically the same problem should be submitted to a single journal. Copyrighted and published manuscripts must not have submitted to the DJM. Besides, manuscripts under review by DJM should not be resubmitted to other copyrighted publications. Generally, the submitted data to DJM is considered as a copyrighted material of the author (s).
Authorship is limited to those who have made an important contribution to the conception, planning, implementation, and/or discussion of the submitted work. All those actual participants must be included as co-authors. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure the Conflicts of Interests
All authors must write a statement disclosing any substantive or financial conflicts of interests that may influence the interpretation or results of their submitted work. All financial support sources for their submitted works must be disclosed.
Basic Errors in Published Work
When the author discovers an important error or inaccuracy in his published work, he/she should immediately notify the editor to cooperate with the editor to withdraw the paper or correct the error.
Violating the Above Conditions
The DJM has the right to reject any manuscripts if the authors violated one or more of the above-mentioned conditions.
Complaints and Appeals
The DJM is carefully considered and complaints and appeals as follows:
1. The DJM receives any complaints and appeals through the emails in the contact list.
2. The DJM carefully considers the privacy and confidentiality of any complaints.
3. The editorial board hold an urgent meeting to discuss any complaint and appeals. It may consult any advisory board member and/or any specialist in the field of the complaint if required.
4. When the final decision about the complaints is made, the Journal editor in chief informs the complainer officially about that.
1. The DJM editor makes an initial assessment to check the suitability of the submitted work for the journal.
2. The editor nominates at least two reviewers. The nominated reviewers should satisfy all conditions mentioned in the above-mentioned Responsibilities of The Reviewers section.
3. The DJM reviewing rounds are completely double-blind.
4. Three reviewing rounds are allowed.
5. If the author (s) failed to convince the reviewers about their work and/or revision versions a Reject Decision is issued by the DJM Editorial board.
6. The DJM Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of articles.