Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports is committed to integrity in research. In order to ensure that the publication's contribution to the scientific record is reliable and meets the ethical standards expected by the global scientific community, we have developed the following code of ethics to support editors, authors and peer reviewers in understanding the standards of behaviour they should follow in carrying out their roles in the publishing process.
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports adheres strictly to the COPE Guidelines on good publishing practice. Bioscientifica is a member of Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) ; submissions are selected at random and screened for plagiarism prior to review.
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports' policy on patient confidentiality is based on the UK's Data Protection Act (1998) and the traditions of medical ethics.
Where possible, identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the internet as well as in print after publication. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. We no longer publish pictures with black bands across the eyes without a signed consent form, because bands fail to mask someone’s identity effectively.
The patient (or parent or guardian) must give written informed consent for publication by signing our consent form. Signed consent forms should then be retained in the patient’s clinical notes for future reference, and a copy should be made available for review by the Editor on request.
The manuscript reporting this patient’s details should state that ‘Written informed consent for publication of their clinical details and/or clinical images was obtained from the patient/parent/guardian/ relative of the patient.
If the patient is deceased the authors should seek permission from a relative and include a statement to this fact. If neither the patient or a relative can be traced, we can only publish if we are satisfied the information has been sufficiently anonymised, making it impossible to identify the patient with any certainty.
Permission is not required to publish the “recordings” listed below, provided that, the recordings are effectively anonymised by the removal of any identifying marks, and patient details (i.e. patient name, date of birth, name of hospital) from images before submission:
When such an image is accompanied by text that could reveal the patient’s identity through clinical or personal detail, however, a signed consent form and declaration as listed above, will be required before publication.
"Research misconduct" means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
Plagiarism includes self-plagiarism (or auto-plagiarism or redundant publication), which is the publication (or submission) of the same content in (or to) different publications.
Policy on misconduct
Should any author be found to be in breach of this code of ethics or guilty of research misconduct, the publication reserves the right to reject, retract or withdraw the paper; decline further submissions from the offending author(s) for a period of up to five years; and inform all interested parties (including relevant editors and authors, the author's department head and/or institutional office) of scientific misconduct.
The Editor of a peer-reviewed publication is solely and independently responsible for deciding which articles should be accepted. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the Editorial Board and, while seeking guidance via peer review, may still reject a manuscript without review if it is considered inappropriate.
The peer-review process lies at the heart of scientific publishing. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports shares the view of many that all scholars wishing to publish in scholarly publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing of submitted work of others.