Policy and Ethical Guidelines
 
ORCID. The Journal of Hearing Science supports the Open Researcher and Contributor ID initiative, and collects ORCID IDs from all authors, in order to ensure an ethical, transparent, and fair peer-review process. The ORCID ID of the corresponding author becomes part of the publication’s metadata.

Copyright and license. The authors grant J Hear Sci a non-exclusive license to publish their article, although the authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 PL license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 PL). The license allows anyone to download an article and share it with others so long as they credit the authors and source, do not change it in any way, and do not use it commercially. Once an article is accepted for publication, it is embargoed from reporting in the media until it appears on the J Hear Sci web site.

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Research on human and animals. J Hear Sci editors endorse the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki and expect that all investigations involving humans will have been performed in accordance with these principles. Information on patient consent, the name of the ethics committee, and the ethics committee approval number should be stated in the manuscript. For animal experimentation reported in the journal, it is expected that investigators will have observed the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education issued by the New York Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Animal Research. All human and animal studies must have been approved by the investigator’s institutional review board.

Plagiarism. The Editorial Board will consider for publication an original article in experimental or clinical medicine, with the understanding that neither the manuscript nor any part of its text, tables, or figures have been published previously in print or electronically and are not under consideration elsewhere. Copies of closely related manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor along with the main manuscript.

J Hear Sci discourages the submission of more than one article dealing with related aspects of the same study. The journal expects all contributions to be entirely original and the editorial office checks all manuscripts with a computer program designed to detect copied text. We take the issue of plagiarism seriously, and if a manuscript shows signs of unoriginality,
it is automatically rejected and the author and their institution asked for explanations.

Journal policy requires that a corresponding author sign a statement that the work has not been published previously, is completely original, and has not been submitted elsewhere for review. The statement should also say that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors, and that all of them meet the requirements for genuine authorship. In addition,
a statement of financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest is required.

Disclaimer. Diligent efforts are made by the Editorial Board and publisher to ensure that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement appears in J Hear Sci. Statements or opinions expressed in a manuscript and published in the journal reflect the views of the author(s) and not those of editors, editorial board, or publisher. Accordingly, the journal disclaims any responsibility or liability for any such statement. The material appearing in advertisements is the responsibility of the advertiser.

Efforts are made to ensure that drug doses and other quantities are presented accurately; nevertheless, readers are advised that methods and techniques involving drugs and other treatments described in the journal should only be followed if they accord with the manufacturer’s own published literature in the reader’s own country.

Conflict of interest. Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, the editors will discuss with the authors the manner in which such information will be communicated to readers. Because the essence of reviews is the selection and interpretation of the literature, J Hear Sci expects that authors of such articles will not have any financial interest in a company (or its competitor) that makes a product discussed in the article.

Policy concerning reviewers. Journal policy requires that reviewers reveal any relationships they have that could be construed as causing a conflict of interest. The statement should include information about any financial relationships with commercial companies involved with the product under study.
Dealing with allegations of research misconduct. J Hear Sci takes allegations of misconduct pre- and post-publication seriously. We make every effort to prevent research misconduct, such as plagiarism, citation manipulation, data fabrication, and the like. When made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article, the Editorial Office will investigate according to the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and will act in line with the COPE guidelines at https://publicationethics.org/.

Complaints and appeals. The editors and publisher will respectfully review all justified complaints received by the J Hear Sci and will deal with them according to the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (https://publicationethics.org/).
The exceptions are: 1) Disputes of a personal or legal nature; 2) Complaints relating to circumstances that have already been reviewed and investigated or dismissed, unless sufficient new evidence is provided to merit reconsideration; 3) Repeated complaints on a meritless or unsubstantiated matters; 4) Complaints relating to articles published more than 5 years ago from the date of the complaint; 5) Anonymous complaints, when anonymity makes it hard for the J Hear Sci to judge the credibility of the complaints or hamper the journal’s ability to investigate them; 6) Allegations made in an offensive manner.