- Philosophy of The Medicine Forum
- Who Can Submit?
- General Submission Rules
- Formatting Requirements
- Rights for Authors and Jefferson Digital Commons
- Statement on Publication Ethics
Philosophy of The Medicine Forum
For more information, please see The Medicine Forum Aims and Scope page.
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Medicine Forum provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).
General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Medicine Forum, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Medicine Forum. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Medicine Forum, please contact the editors.
The Medicine Forum has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.
It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.
Rights for Authors and Jefferson Digital Commons
As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Jefferson Digital Commons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.
Attribution and Usage Policies
Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Jefferson Digital Commons, requires credit to Jefferson Digital Commons as copyright holder (e.g., Jefferson Digital Commons © 2014).
The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Jefferson Digital Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:
- Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
- Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
- Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
- Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.
People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.
General Terms and Conditions of Use
Users of the Jefferson Digital Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Jefferson Digital Commons service or software in any way.
The failure of Jefferson Digital Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Jefferson Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.
Statement on Publication Ethics
The Medicine Forum is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. All authors submitting reviews to The Medicine Forum for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. The Medicine Forum is committed to objective and fair peer-review of the works submitted for publication and to the prevention of any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed authors. Any departures from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the senior editors, who are committed to providing swift resolutions to such problems.