a. Editorial Policies

    i. Submission policy Any manuscript submitted to the Gazette of Medicine should not be under consideration or in press in any journal. If a related manuscript is under consideration elsewhere, it must be declared and a copy sent to the Editor, who reserves the right to make decisions on acceptance or rejection based on scientific content or violation of our publishing policies.
    ii. Conflict of Interest Gazette of Medicine requires that authors declare all competing interests concerning their work, whether financial or non-financial. Where authors have no competing interests, they should declare so.
    iii. Disclosure of Funding Authors are required to declare all sources of funding as an acknowledgment at the end of the manuscript
    iv. Authorship Being named as an author on a manuscript is taken to imply that the individual has met the criteria for authorship and takes full responsibility for the content of the submitted manuscript. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) recommends authorship based on the following four criteria: • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND • Final approval of the version to be published; AND • 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.
    v. Acknowledgment Obtaining the consent of the acknowledged persons is the responsibility of the author. Individuals who contribute to the work but do not meet the criteria for authorship should be duly mentioned in the Acknowledgments at the end of the manuscript.
    vi. Research Ethics Committee Approval In research involving human participants, proof of ethical approval of the institution where the study was conducted will be sent along with the manuscript of original research during the submission where applicable. A statement of this must be included in the manuscript, including the name of the ethical committee and the ethics approval reference number.
    vii. Article Processing charge A processing fee of N20,000 in bank draft or certified cheque payable to Gazette of Medicine will be required from the author before publication of an accepted manuscript.
    viii. Consent for publication It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain written informed consent for publication from the individual or family (if deceased) of human participants involved in the research before submission of the manuscript for consideration for publication. This applies to case reports and other forms of original research, including the use of images.
    ix. Corrections and retractions The Gazette of Medicine makes use of the following policies for making corrections to already published articles:
    Publisher’s correction (Erratum): This may be published if a significant error(s), made by the journal, has been introduced at the time of journal publication. Such errors may include one that affects the scientific integrity of the article, the publication record, or the reputation of the authors of the article or the journal.
    Author’s correction (Corrigendum): This may be published if a significant error(s) has been made by the author(s). Such errors may include one that affects the scientific integrity of the article, the publication record, or the reputation of the authors of the article or the journal.

    Retraction: The editors of the Gazette of Medicine may retract a published article where there is evidence of research misconduct, duplicate publication, plagiarism, or violation of research or publication ethics.
    x. Plagiarism Plagiarism is the act of representing another person’s ideas or scientific work as one’s own. It is scientific dishonesty and undermines true academic scholarship. Authors are strongly encouraged to reference original sources and paraphrase appropriately. Where a case of plagiarism is identified during the peer review process, the author will be contacted to provide appropriate references. In cases of plagiarism identified after publication, the editor reserves the right to retract the article.
    Publishing schedule The journal is bi-annually published at the end of June and December each year.

    b. Open Access policy The journal follows the open access publishing model which allows free access and distribution of all journal articles.

    c. Peer-review policy: The Gazette of Medicine undertakes a double-blinded peer-review process. Manuscripts are first subjected to evaluation by two members of the editorial board following which articles selected for publication will be sent to two Consultant Physicians external reviewers in the related field of medicine. Articles with statistical analysis will be reviewed by a statistician. Articles requiring changes will be returned to the author for revision and the response will be sent by email. Only electronic copies of the rejected article will be returned to the author with a note stating the reason.

    d. Copyright Copyright of the accepted paper will be credited to the Gazette of Medicine.