Social Behavior Research & Health- Ethical Considration
Ethical Considration

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Ethics of SBRH Publishing
Details of formal ethical approval should be stated in the main body of the article. If authors were not required to obtain ethical approval (as is the case in some countries) or unable to obtain it (as sometimes occurs in resource-poor settings), they should explain the reason. Please anonymize this information in the manuscript, and only if requested give the information during submission. The procedures for securing informed consent should be provided.
Complying with medical ethics, anonymity, and confidentiality are among the points to be considered. In this regard, protecting the human subjects according to Helsinki Declaration should be taken in to consideration and the ethics committee confirmation letter of the university must be attached to the article. Medical research studies involving human subjects must generally be accepted in terms of scientific principles and a letter of consent from parents or legal caretakers is necessary.
 
According to ICMJE website "A Clinical Trial is any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes". Authors who conducted studies in this scope should register their trial in one of the ICMJE-recognized trial registries. Therefore, the number of clinical trial registration should be attached to submitted paper.

Authorship Criteria and Contribution

Authors' names should be mentioned according to the defined criteria by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Based on the ICMJE recommendations, authors (or one of them) should have all the following criteria: 1) Have a substantial contribution in at least one of the following activities: a) presenting the research conception or designing the study, b) collecting the data, c) analyzing and interpreting; 2) Have a role in drafting the study or revising it critically for important intellectual scientific content; 3) Study and approve the final version to be published; 4) Agree to be accountable for the correctness and accuracy of all aspects of the study; 5) The journal avoids accepting the articles with moral plagiarism (scientific and literary) and fraud according to the existing standards. The contents of the article should not be a copy of similar studies. If the authors use all or part of the published or unpublished materials or ideas of someone else, they must cite references properly or take permission in necessary cases.
Enter author's all contributions in the submission system during submission. The contributions of all authors must be described using the CRediT Taxonomy of author's roles. 

Contributions will be published in the final article, and they should accurately reflect contributions in the study. The submitting author is responsible for completing this information at submission, and it is expected that all authors, prior to this time, will have reviewed, discussed, and agreed upon their individual contributions.
Useful guidelines for authors can be found on the ICMJE website. In cases of authorship disputes that can not be resolved between the authors, the editors reserve the right to refer the dispute to the institutes involved for resolution. Useful guidelines for researchers on how to avoid authorship disputes can be found on the COPE website.

Author Misconduct
SBRH will follow the COPE guidelines to deal with any potential misconduct:

Duplication
To avoid duplication, consider the points established by the COPE guidelines.
a) In the case of submitting a manuscript in two different languages (one in a Persian medical journal and the other in another language (English, French, German, etc.), simultaneously, both editors should be informed of this. 
b) If submission is not simultaneous: First, the second journal editor should be informed about it. Second, the manuscript previous publication information along with its address must be mentioned in the abstract.
Author(s) should enclose a written undertaking along with manuscript, confirming the above mentioned points with signature of the author(s).


Plagiarism 

Plagiarism is not acceptable in SBRH submissions. Plagiarized content will not be considered for publication. If plagiarism is identified, SBRH will follow the COPE guidelines.
Plagiarism includes:
·         Directly copying text from other sources without attribution;
·         Copying ideas, images, or data from other sources without attribution;
·      Reusing text from your own previous publications without attribution or agreement of the editor (read the COPE guidelines on text recycling);
Exception: Reusing text from the 'Method' section in the author’s previous publications, with attribution to the source, is acceptable.
·         Using an idea from another source with slightly modified language without attribution.
If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, SBRH may perform a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate. SBRH reserves the right to inform authors' institutions about plagiarism detected either before or after publication. 
SBRH expects that editors and reviewers will be vigilant in their evaluation of SBRH submissions and will notify the journal about any plagiarism identified.
Authors should mention all financial sources or interests which would cause bias in the study. Please mention all business relations like ownership, shareholding, consulting activities, or patent which could bring interest for the authors. This information will be published along with the accepted paper. Author(s) should declare any financial relation like receiving charges, wages and payments, materials and equipment from university, organization, companies and other sources which paper publication could bring either advantages or disadvantages for them. The contents of the article should not be a copy of similar works. If authors use all or part of the published or unpublished materials or ideas of someone else, they must cite references properly or take permission in necessary cases.

Copyright Policy
SBRH is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License which allows users to read, copy, distribute, and make derivative works for non-commercial purposes from the material, as long as the author of the original work is cited properly.

Complaints Procedure
This procedure is about the complaints about the publishing policies, procedures and actions of publishing and editorial staff and Editors-in-Chief of journals from SBRH.
SBRH infers that the complainants can not simply disagreeing with a decision that SBRH has made or has published unless there has been a failure of process - for example, a long delay or a rude response - or a severe misjudgment.
 SBRH welcomes complaints as they provide an opportunity and a spur for improvement, and SBRH aims to respond quickly, courteously, and constructively.  Please write your complaint with journal title, vol. no., issue no., paper title and page no.

Advertising Policy 
This journal does not carry advertising, either print or online.

Archiving Policy
The articles published by SBRH are archived on our website and also in multiple international databases around the world including increasing visibility and long-term digital preservation.
These archives include:
Google Scholar
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
Index Copernicus
ISC (Islamic World Science Citation Center)
Others
All journal issues are archived in the library of School of Public Health in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences.

Open Access Policy

  • SBRH does not charge readers and their institution for access to its papers. Full text download of all new and archived papers are free of charge. Registration on SBRH website is free of charge for authors and reviewers.
  • SBRH allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose.
  • SBRH lets author(s) to distribute, remix, and build upon their study, even commercially, as long as they credit us for the original creation.
  • SBRH has a registered deposit policy.
  • SBRH allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.
  • SBRH allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.

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