HITEC Medical and Dental Journal (HMDJ) ethics committee convene as per requirement but not less than three meetings per year. Editors can consult members by email and can consult experts who have broad expertise including clinical medicine, research, bioethics, and medical editing. Responses are coordinated by the and a decision is made by majority. The committee is advisory. The editor can ignore its advice but must justify his/her action to the chairman in writing. The advice and the editor's response would both be published. In the event of a dispute, the committee's chairman can appeal to the journal committee of HITEC Medical and Dental Journal (HMDJ).
Roles of the committee
The committee has following roles:
Complain and Appeal Scrutiny Committee
All appeals and complaints regarding (but not limited to) misconduct, authorship conflicts or plagiarism in publications at HMDJ will be directed to the Complain and Appeal Scrutiny Committee. Authors whose articles have been rejected have the right to send a letter of appeal giving detailed explanations. This will be reviewed in-house and a decision will be taken accordingly. Revised articles will not be considered at this stage.
A journal’s reputation is predicated on its ability to publish high-quality scientific works and depends upon the trust of authors, researchers, readers, reviewers, editors, and administrators of public health policy. This trust is enhanced by describing the journal’s policies as explicitly as possible to ensure the ethical treatment of all participants in the publication process. This can be achieved only, if the entire peer review and publication process is thorough, objective, and fair. Almost every aspect of this process should involve important ethical principles and decisions which are seldom openly stated and even less often shared with the readership.