The Medical & Surgical Research Journals Group


JMSR requires that authors include a statement declaring all relevant competing interests in relation to their research.A “Conflict of Interests” section should be included at the end of all submitted manuscripts listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial).Where authors have no competing interests, authors should mention: “The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.” Editors may ask for further information concerning this section.Reviewers are also required to declare -if present- competing interests and will be then excluded from the manuscript’s peer review process.


JMSR Editorial policies aim to ensure protection and proper use of animals and human subjects in all research studies. The following recommendations are mandatory and are applicable to all authors reporting experiments with the involvement of animals and humans:

  1. Each submitted paper should include a statement in the “Methods” section that appropriate approvals were obtained from the licensing authority and /or from the local research ethics committee. The authors should declare that they have conducted all experiments in accordance with relevant guidelines of the committee.
  2. All manuscripts reporting a research study or experiment using human subjects must include a statement confirming that the experiments were realized with prior informed consent (written or verbal, as appropriate) from each participant. 
  3. Studies on live vertebrate animals must observe institutional, national, or international guidelines.
  4. Researchers are expected to conduct their animal research in compliance with the U.S. Public Health Service’s Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS policy) and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals which are considered both necessary and sufficient to guarantee high standard of animal care.

In case of non-respect of the universally accepted norms of using animal and human subjects, the manuscript is definitely rejected. The Editor-In-Chief reserves the right to request further clarification from the approving committee.

Researchers have a moral obligation towards the animals and human subjects they use for their research goals and are appealed to treat them with all compassion and consider their well-being as a priority while designing the projects.