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Other Editorial Policies


Advertising policy

  1. All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent from editorial decisions. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in RUHS Journal Of Health Sciences publications. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.

  2. Neither the editorial board, nor journal and nor RUHS are responsible for the content and that the responsibility for the content of articles are with author/s.

  3. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences reserves the right to decline any type of advertising that is damaging and will not accept advertising for products or services known to be harmful to health (e.g. tobacco and alcohol products).

  4. Advertisements may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered. Exaggerated or extravagantly worded copy will not be allowed. Advertisements will not be accepted if they appear to be indecent or offensive in either text or art work, or if they relate to content of a personal, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious nature.

  5. Once an advertisement has been deployed online, it will be withdrawn from the journal site at any time if the Editor(s)-in-Chief or Publisher requests its removal.

  6. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences will not allow any treatment-specific or drug-specific campaign to be targeted to a specific article(s) or on any page where content relates to the product(s) being advertised.

  7. Advertisements and editorial content must be clearly distinguishable. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences will not publish “advertorial” content, and sponsored supplements must be clearly indicated as such. If a supplement did not undergo peer review or underwent a peer review-process different from the rest of the journal that should be explicitly stated.

  8. Editorial decisions will not be influenced by current or potential sponsors and advertisers, and will not be influenced by marketing decisions. Advertisers and sponsors have no control or influence over the results of searches a user may conduct on the website by keyword or search topic.

  9. Information about complaints concerning advertisements will be included in the Advertisements page.


Corrections, Retractions and Editorial Expression of Concern policy


It may be necessary for RUHS journal of health sciences to publish corrections to, or retractions of, articles published in its journals, so as to maintain the integrity of the academic record. In line with policy, corrections to, or retractions of, published articles will be made by publishing a Correction or a Retraction note bidirectionally linked to the original article. Any alterations to the original article will be described in the note. The original article remains in the public domain and the subsequent Correction or Retraction will be widely indexed. In the exceptional event that material is considered to infringe certain rights or is defamatory, we may have to remove that material from our site and archive sites.


On rare occasions, when the interpretation or conclusion of an article is substantially undermined, it may be necessary for published articles to be retracted. RUHS journal of health sciences will follow the COPE guidelines in such cases. Retraction notices are indexed and bidirectionally linked to the original article. Scenarios in which Editorial Expressions of Concern may be published include prolonged investigations of very complex cases and when the concerns may have a significant and immediate impact on public health or public policy. An Editorial Expression of Concern may be superseded by a subsequent Correction or Retraction, but will remain part of the permanent published record.

Appeals and complaints

RUHS Journal of Health Sciences adheres to COPE guidelines regarding appeals to editorial decisions and complaints


Peer review policy:

Peer review is an integral part of scientific publishing that confirms the validity of the manuscript. All articles submitted to the Journal are peer-reviewed. Manuscript undergoes several processes of peer review which includes editorial review aiming to assess quality of a manuscript, relevance of the article to the journal, and suitability to undergo peer review which is checked by the editor/executive editor and editorial associates. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences follows double-blind peer review process. The process may differ depending upon the category to which the manuscript belongs. Peer reviewers are experts in their chosen field who provide the Journal a written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of manuscripts, with the aim of identifying the most appropriate and best material for the Journal. The Journal reserves the right to decide on the choice of reviewers. All reviewers are expected to inform the Journal about any conflict of interest while reviewing articles. Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.


Policies on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal rights and Informed consent

Conflict of Interest:

A conflict of interest exists if authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their actions. A conflict can be actual or potential, and full disclosure to the Editor is absolute requirement. Conflicts may be personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial. Conflicts, or their absence, must be stated in writing by all authors at the time of submission of the article. Sources of full or partial funding or other support for the research must be declared.

Research involving animals

Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript (including the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption and the reasons for the exemption). The Editor will take account of animal welfare issues and reserves the right to reject a manuscript, especially if the research involves protocols that are inconsistent with commonly accepted norms of animal research. In rare cases, the Editor may contact the ethics committee for further information. For experimental studies involving client-owned animals, authors must also document informed consent from the client or owner and adherence to a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care. Field studies and other non-experimental research on animals must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee.

Informed Consent Policy

For all manuscripts that include details, images, or videos relating to an individual person, written informed consent for the publication of these details must be obtained from that person or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 18. If the person has died, consent for publication must be obtained from their next of kin. The manuscript must

include a statement that written informed consent for publication was obtained. Authors can use the RUHS Journal of Health Sciences consent form to obtain consent for publication, or a consent form from their own institution or region if appropriate. The consent form must state that the details/images/videos will be freely available on the internet and may be seen by the general public. The consent form must be made available to the Editor if requested, and will be treated confidentially. In cases where images are entirely unidentifiable and there are no details on individuals reported within the manuscript, consent for publication of images may not be required. The final decision on whether consent to publish is required lies with the Editor.


Ahead of Print Policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. RUHS Journal of Health Sciences has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


Plagiarism Policy:

The journal is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. Plagiarism is said to have occurred when large portions of a manuscript have been copied from existing previously published resources. All manuscripts submitted for publication to the journal are cross-checked for plagiarism using the software. Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during the initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal.