APRU Global Health Program Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

For the APRU Global Health Program Director and the editorial office of the conference publications, please contact:

Dr Mellissa Withers

2001 N Soto Street SSB 318G

Los Angeles, CA 90032 USA


1 323 865-0494

1. Editorial Board

Please click here for a list of Editorial Board for conference abstracts and proceedings booklets.

2. Fees
There is no charge to submit conference abstracts or to publish in the conference proceedings booklet.

3. Who can be listed as an Author

All authors have significantly contributed to the research. No more than 10 authors can be included.

Only an individual who has made substantial intellectual contributions should be an author. Performing technical services, translating text, identifying patients for study, supplying materials, and providing funding or administrative oversight over facilities where the work was done are not, in themselves, sufficient for authorship, although these contributions may be acknowledged in the manuscript, as described below. It is dishonest to include authors only because of their reputation, position of authority, or friendship (“guest authorship”).  Everyone who has made substantial intellectual contributions to the study on which the article is based (for example, to the research question, design, analysis, interpretation, and written description) should be an author.

Order of Authorship. The authors themselves should decide the order in which authors are listed in an article. Many different criteria are used to decide order of authorship. Among these are relative contributions to the work and, in situations where all authors have contributed equally, alphabetical or random order. Readers cannot know, and should not assume, the meaning of order of authorship unless the approach to assigning order has been described by the authors.

4. Original Work

All abstracts must be original work and have not been published previously.

5. Citations & Acknowledgements

All conference abstracts and full papers must include a list of references, acknowledgements of funders of the research, and any conflicts of interest of any authors.

6. Peer-review process

All abstracts will go through a peer review process, which is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field. The abstracts will be confidential during the review process.

Peer reviewers are members of our Advisory Board and the members of conference organizing committee (which will change each year.)

7. Review Process

All abstract reviewers should be objective in reviewing the quality of the abstracts.

Reviewers should declare any conflicts of interest. No work by authors with conflicts of interest will be published in the conference proceedings booklets.

Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.

8. Misconduct

All studies with human subjects must have received ethics approval from a research ethics board.

All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

The APRU Global Health Program will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. Our leadership discourages all misconduct and will deal with allegations of any misconduct seriously and appropriately.

9. Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the publisher or editor shall follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.

In the event that misconduct is discovered, we reserve the right to make corrections or retraction of abstracts as needed. The Program will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed.

10. Publication Ethics

Any complaints and appeals should be submitted to the Program Director, Dr. Mellissa Withers. A review will be done by the Advisory Group members within 90 days of submission.

11. Copyright and Access

All conference abstracts will be available to readers for free. No copyright of conference abstracts will be retained by the APRU Global Health Program.

12. Archiving

All conference abstract booklets will be held by the conference organizers and the APRU Secretariat and will be available upon request for a period of 10 years if they information is no longer published on the website.

13. Ownership and management

The APRU Global Health Program will be the primary contact for the management of the conference abstract booklets.

14. Website

The conference abstract books will be published annually under the title “APRU Global Health Program Annual Conference Abstracts.”

Conference abstract books will be published each year on the Program’s website at https://apruglobalhealth.org