Ethical standards

Introduction

JECT is a member journal of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). As such, JECT follows the standards and guidelines provided by COPE, especially regarding misconduct and fraud, and how to act in front of such a case. COPE provides a code of conduct with best practices in publishing and flow charts that describe the publisher's and editor's actions, if such a case has to be resolved: http://publicationethics.org/. To authors with proven misconduct or fraud the actions available in the flowcharts will be applied. For an unpublished manuscript, in case of conflicts, the relevant COPE guidelines will apply.

Human Investigation

Include the date of Institutional Review Board or human research committee approval, or the ethical guidelines that were followed by the investigators in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

Humane Animal Care

The Materials and Methods section of the manuscript must contain a statement assuring that all animals used in the study received humane care in compliance with the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals," published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH Publication No. 85-23, revised 1985).

Manuscript Processing

Once a manuscript is received, it will be assigned a unique number. An email will be sent to the submitting author stating the receipt of the manuscript, and noting any deficient documentation. All communication concerning the manuscript is confidential between the submitting author and the Managing Editor or Editor. No communication with secondary authors, or outside individuals, will occur without written permission from the submitting author.

Review Process

Two or more reviewers will be assigned to evaluate all articles. Acceptance for publication is based on the articles significance to the perfusion community and its scientific validity. Editorial revisions may be required for clarity. Authors are encouraged to adhere to these guidelines and to proofread the manuscript to expedite processing.

Papers submitted by authors who do not have English as a first language pose a significant slowing of the review process and a higher rejection rate. Authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts reviewed by colleagues well versed in the English language. Failure to do so may result in excessive delays and possible rejection. Papers not accepted for publication are not returned to the submitting author. However, all original artwork, illustrations, figures and tables will be returned if requested. Once a manuscript is accepted, a final version will be submitted digitally along with one printed copy. It is the author’s responsibility to assure that the copy sent to the publisher is the final version.

Please note: The review process for the Letter to the Editor (LTE) is up to the discretion of the JECT Editor-in-Chief. This depends on the content of the Letter to the Editor and the extent to which any data is presented. LTEs that present as opinion letters, may not undergo the same review process.

Special Issues

For the publication of Special Issues curated by Guest Editors, JECT adheres to the DOAJ criteria for Special Issues.