As an open access journal, Journal of Chest Surgery (JCS) will follow the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (https://doaj.org/bestpractice) developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
JCS has an online submission and peer review system at http://www.jchestsurg.org/submission.
All papers, including those invited by the Editor, are subject to peer review. A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal. If the manuscript does not fit the aims and scope of the Journal or does not adhere to the Instructions for Authors, it may be returned to the author immediately after receipt and without a review. Before reviewing, all submitted manuscripts are inspected by Similarity Check powered by iThenticate (https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/), a plagiarism-screening tool.
The journal uses a double-blind peer-review process: the reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, and vice versa. Manuscripts are reviewed by at least 2 external experts and editors. JCS’s average turnaround time from submission to first decision is 4 weeks. The editor is responsible for the final decision whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected.
Copyright to all published materials is owned by the Korean Society for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. All authors should agree to the copyright transfer during the submission process.
JCS is an open access journal. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To use the tables or figures of JCS in other journals, books or media for scholarly, educational purposes, the process of permission request to the publisher of JCS is not necessary. All contents of the journal are available immediately upon publication without embargo period.
The editorial board of JCS have carefully examined all submitted manuscripts whether these are abided by the ethical guidelines of the ICMJE and COPE. The published articles have involved the statements of conflict of interest, institutional review board, informed consent, and human/animal rights.
When the Journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, an ethical problem discovered with the submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the COPE (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The editorial board of JCS will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. JCS will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
JCS follows the Guideline on Good Publication of COPE (https://publicationethics.org), Recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations), and Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals of Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (http://kamje.or.kr).
Our publication ethics are displayed on the Editorial Policy (Research & Publication Ethics) tab of journal homepage.
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