Policies on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal Rights, and Informed Consent

Purpose: To maintain the highest level of integrity and transparency in all published research, the Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research (JHRR) requires all authors, reviewers, and editors to disclose any relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest (COI).

Definition: A conflict of interest occurs when an individual's personal, financial, or professional relationships may influence or appear to influence their judgment or could be perceived as doing so by others.

Disclosure Requirements:

  • All authors must disclose any financial conflicts (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, patents) and personal relationships that could be construed as influencing the research.
  • Disclosures should be provided at the time of submission and include all relevant financial, personal, and professional relationships.
  • Reviewers and editors are also required to disclose any conflicts that could affect their ability to objectively review or handle the manuscript.

Management of COI:

  • The journal will publish disclosures alongside accepted articles to ensure transparency.
  • In cases of significant conflict, the journal may take steps such as recusal of reviewers/editors, additional peer review, or publication of an editorial statement.

Human and Animal Rights Policy

Human Research:

  • Research involving human participants must have been conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.
  • Approval from an institutional review board (IRB) or equivalent ethics committee must be obtained for all studies involving humans.
  • Authors must explicitly state in their manuscript that ethical approval was obtained, and informed consent was provided by all participants.

Animal Research:

  • Studies involving animals must adhere to international guidelines for the care and use of animals in research (e.g., the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals).
  • Authors must obtain approval from the relevant institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) or equivalent.
  • The manuscript should clearly indicate that all efforts were made to minimize animal suffering and reduce the number of animals used.

Informed Consent Policy

Requirement:

For all research involving human participants, authors must obtain informed consent from participants (or their legal guardians).

Consent must cover participation in the research and the publication of identifying information/images in an online, publicly accessible publication.

Documentation:

  • Authors should include a statement in the manuscript confirming that informed consent was obtained for publication of identifying information.
  • Identifiable information should be omitted unless essential for scientific purposes. If necessary, authors must demonstrate that they have obtained written informed consent.

Privacy and Confidentiality:

Researchers must respect participants' privacy and confidentiality, adhering to local laws and regulations concerning the use of personal data.

Implementation

Submission Process: Authors are required to provide completed COI disclosures, ethics approval, and informed consent statements as part of the manuscript submission process.

Verification: The JHRR editorial team will verify compliance with these policies as part of the peer-review process. Non-compliance may result in manuscript rejection or a request for modification.

Publication: Compliance with these policies will be noted in the published article to inform readers of ethical adherence.