Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science
Editorial Policies and Procedures
The Minnesota Academy of Science Journal (MAS Journal) accepts submissions electronically at MASJournal.org. Manuscripts submitted for consideration by the MAS Journal must not have been previously published in any form (abstracts at scientific conferences will not be considered prior publication). Manuscript content must not be substantially available in any public format, including internet web sites, prior to publication. Manuscripts submitted to MAS Journal must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, in any publically available format, including internet web sites. There are no page charges, reviewer fees, or administrative fees for publication in the MAS Journal. Articles will not be subject to word count limits, however, authors are expected to be concise.
Uniform Requirements for Journal Submissions
The MAS Journal utilizes the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The full text of these requirements is available at www.icmje.org. All authors are responsible for understanding the requirements set forth in this document. Manuscripts must conform to the Uniform Requirements and the instructions listed below.
Authorship: All authors listed for the manuscript should meet the following criteria:
- Be willing and able to provide consent for submission and publication of the work.
- Have participated in both the research and the writing/editing/final approval of the manuscript.
- Be willing and able to publicly discuss and defend the content of the
The provision of funding, access to samples or study material (in the absence of other contributions), or other logistical support is generally not considered sufficient to warrant authorship. Contributions of this sort should be recognized in the Acknowledgements. All authors will be required to certify their contribution to the manuscript. Any review or contributions made by outside organizations, persons, funding entities, or persons hired by funding entities must be acknowledged in the manuscript Acknowledgements section.
The MAS Journal accepts the World Association of Medical Editors (www.wame.org) definition of ghost authorship as unethical. Furthermore, the MAS Journal considers honorary authorships to be equally unethical.
For manuscripts with multiple authorship, each author will be required to attest to the following:
- Having received a copy of the complete dataset.
- Agreement with the analysis methodology for the dataset.
- Agreement with the manuscript conclusions.
Clinical Trials: All manuscripts describing studies involving human subjects must indicate in the Methods section that appropriate approvals (IRB and/or other applicable approvals) were obtained and that studies were conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (www.wma.net ) and all appropriate jurisdictional ethical and legal standards. Clinical trials that meet WHO criteria for trial registration should include the trial registration number and registry in the Methods section. Registration will be acceptable in any of the following five registries:
The MAS Journal does not consider proprietary registries to satisfy the requirement for clinical trial registration. Where appropriate, trials should include the CONSORT checklist. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use any survey instruments. It is generally unacceptable to adapt surveys without permission.
Privacy and Informed Consent: The Methods section should clearly indicate that all subjects participating in clinical studies have given the appropriate Informed Consent. Identifying details for study participants (including but not limited to: names, initials, photos, social security numbers, or hospital identification numbers) must be omitted from manuscripts in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA – www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa ). These details may be included only if reporting the details is essential to the scientific purposes and the authors have obtained the appropriate written informed consent and a HIPAA waiver. Such consent should be indicated in the manuscript.
Animal Studies: Animal studies must conform to USDA and/or national and regional guidelines (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm ) and/or all state and local requirements. Conformance to animal welfare guidelines should be indicated in the Methods section.
Conflicts of Interest: Conflicts of interest (COI) may arise from financial ties, academic commitments, personal relationships, or personal and religious beliefs. While it is anticipated that some authors will have conflicts of interest, the MAS Journal does not consider such potential conflicts to be unethical. Failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest will be considered unethical. Declaring a COI does not imply that the author has done anything wrong, and will not automatically preclude publication. Authors will be expected to disclose all potential conflicts of interest, whether or not the conflict is related to the specific manuscript under consideration.
Duplicate and “Salami” Publications: Manuscripts submitted to the MAS Journal will be expected to not substantially overlap already published articles, or works in process. If this occurs, the MAS Journal will publish a retraction notice. The MAS Journal also discourages the process of slicing data from a single research project or study period into different manuscripts published in different journals, that do not address a unique and/or complete aspect of the described research (salami publications). Manuscripts submitted for republication in a different language or to a journal with a substantially different reader base but contain the same or similar data to the submitted article must be disclosed by the authors. Publication in abstract form of any portion of the research should be indicated in the manuscript.
Manuscript Editing: All manuscripts will be copyedited for clarity, grammar, spelling and style. The corresponding author will approve the galley proofs prior to publication.
NIH Funded Manuscripts: Authors funded by NIH are required to deposit copies of their accepted manuscripts into PubMedCentral. Authors will be responsible for depositing their accepted manuscripts at http://www.nih.gov, to satisfy this requirement.
Open Access Policy: The MAS Journal is an open source journal, and all authors will accept the Open Source Agreement below (Identical to the Creative Commons
Attribution License). In submitting an article for publication the authors certify that:
- All authors are authorized to enter into these arrangements
- All authors have full authority to enter into this agreement and doing so does not
- breach or infringe any other obligations. If the law requires that the article be
- published in the public domain, authors will notify MAS Journal at the time of
- submission upon which clauses 3 through 6 inclusive do not apply.
- All authors assert that the article contains nothing unlawful, libelous, or would be
- considered a breach of existing confidentiality agreements.
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