1 About the TMR Publishing Group
TMR Publishing Group is a scholarly publishing group dedicated to providing platforms for the dissemination and communication of practices and research in the field of medicine and health. It is headquartered in New Zealand. TMR Publishing Group uses an open-access and peer review publishing model to support maximizing benefits to readers, authors and editors. TMR Publishing Group currently publishes thirteen online journals (Traditional Medicine Research, TMR Integrative Nursing, TMR Integrative Medicine, TMR Modern Herbal Medicine, TMR Cancer, TMR Non-drug Therapy, TMR theory and hypothesis, TMR Clinical Research, Life Research, Medical Data Mining, Classical Chinese Medicine Research, Food Therapy and Health Care, Drug Combination Therapy). Our journals cover a wide range of topics, including traditional medicine, integrated nursing, integrated medicine, modern medicine, cancer research, non-drug treatment, medical hypothesis and other research areas. Traditional Medicine Research is the official journal of China Anti-Cancer Association and is now included in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), DOAJ, ScienceOpen, Ingenta Connect, China Science and Technology Journal Database (CSTJ), Google Scholar, Superstar Journals Database and Wanfang Data.
TMR Publishing Group follows closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. As a publisher of OA journals, it is our duty and responsibility to: (1) follow the code of conduct for publishers; (2) publish articles in a more standardized, open and transparent manner; (3) disclose important publishing information; (4) establish an efficient management system to avoid plagiarism and citation manipulation.
2 Article Processing Charge
In 2019, All accepted papers by TMR journals will be published free-of-charge.
3 Peer review policy
TMR follows a double blind peer review process, to ensure impartial editorial decision-making. All submissions to TMR journals are assessed by an editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. If an editor is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Editorial Board will be assigned to assume responsibility for overseeing peer review. Submissions felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for peer review by appropriate independent experts. Editors will make a decision based on the reviewers’ reports and authors are sent these reports along with the editorial decision on their manuscript. Authors should note that even in light of one positive report, concerns raised by another reviewer may fundamentally undermine the study and result in the manuscript being rejected.
Authors may suggest potential reviewers if they wish; however, whether or not to consider these reviewers is at the editor's discretion. Authors should not suggest recent collaborators or colleagues who work in the same institution as themselves. Authors who wish to suggest peer reviewers can do so in the cover letter and should provide institutional email addresses where possible, or information which will help the editor to verify the identity of the reviewer. Authors may request exclusion of individuals as peer reviewers, but they should explain the reasons in their cover letter on submission. Authors should not exclude too many individuals as this may hinder the peer review process. Please note that the editor may choose to invite excluded peer reviewers. Intentionally falsifying information, for example, suggesting reviewers with a false name or email address, will result in rejection of the manuscript and may lead to further investigation in line with our misconduct policy.
Reviewers are therefore required to respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond the information released by the journal. If reviewers wish to involve a colleague in the review process they should first obtain permission from the journal. The editor should be informed of the names of any individuals who assisted in the review process when the report is returned.
Authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts. TMR PUBLISHING GROUP LIMITED applies the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial.
6 Ethics in publishing
All of our thirteen journals follow the academic rules and norms. Authors must provide human and animal rights statement, institutional review board statement, informed consent statement, clinical trial registration statement, institutional animal care and use committee statement, animal care and use statement, conflict-of-interest statement, and data sharing statement.
6.1 Conflicts of Interest
At the end of the text, under a subheading 'Conflict of interest statement' all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
6.2 Ethics of experimentation
Research published in TMR journals must have been conducted to the highest ethical standards. The research must meet all applicable standards for the ethics of experimentation and research integrity.
6.3 Research involving humans
Research involving humans, including studies that are observational, survey-based, or include any personal data, must have been performed in accordance with the declaration of Helsinki and must 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. Manuscripts may be rejected if the editor considers that the research has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.
6.4 Research involving animals
Research involving animals (live or tissue), including observational studies, must state in the methods section that the research was conducted in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for laboratory animal use and care as found in for example the European Community guidelines (EEC Directive of 1986; 86/609/EEC) or the US guidelines (NIH publication #85-23, revised in 1985), and was approved by the institutional human experimentation committee or equivalent, and that informed consent was obtained. The editors will reject papers if there is any doubt about the suitability of the animal procedures used.
6.5 Use of patient images or case details
Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper.
6.6 Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
6.7 Concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.
7 Academic publishing quality management
A professional editing and publishing team consisting of editor-in-chief, vice editor-in-chief, editorial directors, science editors, language editors, and electronic editors. The science editor previews the manuscript; the science editor sends the manuscript for peer review urges the peer reviewers to complete the peer review in a timely and meaningful manner, or finds new reviewer(s); the science editor reviews the peer reviewer’s comments; upon article resubmission, the science editor confirms whether the authors have revised the manuscript according to the peer reviewer’s comments; the editorial director reviews the peer reviewer’s comments; upon article resubmission, the editorial director confirms whether the authors have revised the manuscript according to the peer reviewer’s comments; The editor-in-chief check the science editor-approved and editorial director-approved resubmission and confirm that each of the peer reviewer’s comments were addressed appropriately and adequately. The language editor revises the entire text. In general, the TMR Publishing Group expects manuscripts submitted by non-native English-speaking authors should be edited by a native English-speaking editor and then confirmed by an editor with knowledge of the original language to ensure the language quality. The electronic editor checks the references and typesets the manuscript.
8 Article assessment
In our copyright transfer document, we remind authors that the manuscript will be withdrawn and the authors will be punished immediately upon discovery of plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, duplicate submission/multiple submissions, overlapping publication, or inappropriate authorship. We will not accept any future manuscripts submitted to any of the 13 TMR journals by any one of the authors of the withdrawn article. If plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, duplicate submission/multiple submissions, overlapping publication, or inappropriate authorship are found in published articles, they may need to be re-assessed, have a corrigendum published, or in serious cases be retracted. Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.
All of the thirteen journals published by TMR PUBLISHING GROUP LIMITED are so-called green journals, which reject any advertising.
10 Manuscript language editing by authors
For non-native English-speaking authors, we strongly recommend that authors seek out and use the services of a professional editing service provider, either a professional English language editing company or a qualified colleague. Based on their good reputation and reliable quality, the following biomedical editing companies were recommended:
American Journal Experts: https://www.aje.com
Nature Publishing Group Language Editing: http://languageediting.nature.com