Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies 

  • Affiliations
  • Authorship
  • Citations
  • Misconduct
  • Peer Review
  • Plagiarism
  • Standards of Reporting
  • Use of Third-party Material



Authors and co-authors must mention all relevant affiliations to attribute where the research or scholarly work was conducted. If you do not have a current institutional affiliation, you should state independent status.


An author is an individual who has significantly contributed to the development of a manuscript. SLJMS recommends that authors listed on an article are expected to fulfil following criteria;

  • Made a substantial contribution to the conception, design of the work, the acquisition, analysis, interpretation of data, or in all these areas.
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  • Have agreed on the journal to which the article will be submitted.
  • Reviewed and agreed on all versions of the article before submission, during revision, the final version accepted for publication, and any significant changes introduced at the proofing stage.
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


Research articles and non-research articles must cite appropriate and relevant, timely, and verified literature in support of the claims made. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or coordinated efforts among several authors to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged.

Authors should consider the following guidelines when preparing their manuscript:

  • Any statement in the manuscript that relies on external sources of information (i.e. not the authors’ own new ideas or findings or general knowledge) should use a citation
  • Authors should avoid citing derivations of original work. For example, they should cite the original work rather than a review article that cites an original work
  • Authors should ensure that their citations are accurate (i.e. they should ensure the citation supports the statement made in their manuscript and should not misrepresent another work by citing it if it does not support the point the authors wish to make)
  • Authors should not cite sources that they have not read
  • Authors should not preferentially cite their own or their friends’, peers’, or institution’s publications
  • Authors should avoid citing work solely from one country
  • Authors should not use an excessive number of citations to support one point
  • Ideally, authors should cite sources that have undergone peer review where possible
  • Authors should not cite advertisements or advertorial material



SLJMS takes seriously all allegations of potential misconduct to protect the integrity of the scholarly record. In cases of suspected research or publication misconduct, it may be necessary for the Editor to contact and share manuscripts with third parties, for example, author(s)’ institution(s) and ethics committee(s).

Examples of misconduct include (but are not limited to):

  • Affiliation misrepresentation
  • Breaches in copyright/use of third-party material without appropriate permissions
  • Citation manipulation
  • Duplicate submission/publication
  • Image or data manipulation/fabrication
  • Peer review manipulation
  • Plagiarism
  • Text-recycling/self-plagiarism
  • Undisclosed competing interests
  • Unethical research


Peer Review

Articles published in SLJMS undergo through peer review process. Submissions felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for peer review by appropriate independent experts identified by the Handling Editor. 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.


Trust and integrity are among what readers value the most in scholarly peer-reviewed journal content. SLJMS takes the issue of plagiarism very seriously. This applies to data, images, words or ideas taken from any materials in electronic or print formats without sufficient attribution. The use of any such material either directly or indirectly should be properly acknowledged in all instances. You should always cite your source.


Standards of Reporting

Research should be communicated in a way that supports verification and reproducibility, and as such we encourage authors to provide comprehensive descriptions of their research rationale, protocol, methodology, and analysis.


Use of Third-party Material

Authors must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. These materials may include but are not limited to text, illustration, photographs, tables, data, audio, video, or screenshots.

The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

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