Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Renal and Hepatic Disorders provides an interdisciplinary platform for the publication of research articles on disorders of the kidneys, and the liver. It is also an avenue for the discussion of how disorders of one organ influence the other. Chronic liver disease is associated with primary and secondary kidney diseases. Similarly, renal disorders are associated with hepatic disorders. Hepatorenal syndrome is now established as a clinical entity, and renohepatic crosstalk is a rapidly evolving entity. The journal aims to be a scholarly forum for the exchange of knowledge which will enable scientists and clinicians to develop better treatment strategies for the management of renal and hepatic disorders. 

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles Nephrology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Nephrology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports Nephrology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles Hepatology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Hepatology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports Hepatology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Hepatorenal

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Cardiorenal

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts will undergo a three-step review process: preliminary check, plagiarism check and single-blind expert peer review.

Preliminary check

All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by the journal’s editorial office for compliance with guidelines for preparation of articles as described under Author Guidelines. Articles that do not comply with the guidelines will be sent back to the authors.

Plagiarism check

Articles that are in compliance with the guidelines will be subjected to plagiarism check. We work with CrossRef to use iThenticate to detect plagiarism. iThenticate gives a 'similarity index', which is the word-by-word copying of materials from previously published literature. We use similarity index to make a decision. Articles with more than 10% similarity index will be returned to the authors without peer review for corrective action. For articles with similarity index between 1-10%, we follow the guidelines of COPE on text recycling to make a decision. Articles that pass the plagiarism check will be reviewed by experts in the field.

Selection of reviewers

Appropriate experts to review the manuscripts will be identified via PubMed search, or from the list of editorial team. Authors are required to suggest three potential reviewers, however, there is no guarantee that these reviewers will be invited to review. Potential reviewers will be personally contacted by the editorial staff to seek expression of interest to review the paper. The email will contain the details of the authors and the abstract. Also the reviewers will be asked to disclose conflict of interest. If the reviewers agree to review, and if there is no potential conflict of interest, they will receive the official invitation from the journal containing the link to access the manuscript.

Peer review and reviewer responsibilities

The reviewers will remain anonymous. Reviewers are expected to keep the manuscript confidential, provide an unbiased scientific opinion of the manuscript and declare any conflict of interest. Also reviewers are expected to complete the review within the indicated time frame.

Criteria for assessing original articles

• Does the manuscript require language editing?
• Is the abstract written in such a way that it conveys the major theme of the paper?
• Does the introduction describe the rationale for the study in the context of the available   literature?
• Where relevant, have appropriate ethics approval and informed consent been obtained?
• Are the methods adequately described?
• Is the number of samples, number of repeats, equipment and chemicals used clearly         mentioned?
• Is the catalogue number of antibodies mentioned?
• Are statistical methods clearly stated?
• Are the results clearly described?
• Is there any indication of scientific misconduct, for example data fabrication and figure       manipulation?
• Is the discussion well-balanced in light of the available literature and the research             findings?
• Is conflict of interest stated?

Criteria for assessing review articles

• Does the manuscript require language editing?
• Is the abstract witten in such a way that it conveys the major theme of the article?
• Does the article comprehensively and critically evaluate an existing problem in the           context of the available literature?
• If relevant, does the article suggest a possible solution to the problem?
• Is conflict of interest stated?

Criteria for assessing case reports

• Does the article require language editing?
• Is the abstract written in such a way that it conveys the major theme of the article?
• If relevant, have appropriate ethics approval and informed consent been obtained?
• Does the introduction clearly describe the rationale for the case in light of the available     literature?
• Are the methods clearly described?
• Is the case adequately described?
• Is there any indication of scientific misconduct, for example data fabrication and figure       manipulation?
• Is the intended message for fellow practitioners obvious?
• Is conflict of interest stated?

Editorial decision

Based on the comments of the reviewers, a decision will be made by the editor-in-chief either to accept the manuscript without any changes, give authors an opportunity to revise and resubmit, or reject. The corresponding author will be notified of the decision via the journal’s automated notification system. If the authors choose to revise and resubmit, the manuscript will be evaluated by the original reviewers or the editor-in-chief to verify if the original comments of the reviewers have been adequately addressed. Based on the recommendation, the manuscript will be either accepted or returned to the authors for further clarification. If the paper is accepted, it will be published online as html and pdf. If rejected, it is final. 

Publication

After acceptance, the articles will be copy-edited, and publication-ready pdf will be sent to the author for final approval. After the final approval, the articles will be published online as html and pdf. Each published article will be assigned a doi, deposited with CrossRef, and permanently archived with Portico and the National Library of Australia.

 

Publication Frequency

Each calendar year will have one volume. Journal of Renal and Hepatic Disorders publishes articles as soon as the final copy-edited version is approved by the authors rather than waiting for a collection of articles for a specific issue. Also each article is published in its respective category (review, original or case report). As a result, the page numbers in the 'Table of Contents' displayed on the journal's website will reflect this rather than numerical order.

 

Open Access Policy

Journal of Renal and Hepatic Disorders provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

No article processing fee

Currently, it is a free service and there is no article processing fee. Also, there is no article submission fee.

 

Publication Ethics

Following is an outline of our commitment to publication ethics and transparency in accordance with the principles of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). 

Peer review process: All submitted manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review. The peer review process is detailed here. 

Governing Body/Editorial team/contact information: The names and affiliations of the editorial board team are given here. Their responsibilities are described here.

Author fees: At the moment there is no article processing fee. This is mentioned here. Journal of Renal and Hepatic Disorders will introduce an article processing fee in the future. When introduced, it will be clearly identified here.  

Copyright/Licensing Policy: The authors retain the copyright of their published articles. All our publications are open access, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ This policy is displayed under editorial polices here. The licensing policy is also included in the pdf and html versions of published articles.  

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct 

Plagiarism check:  All submitted articles undergo plagiarism check first. We work with CrossRef to use iThenticate to detect plagiarism. iThenticate gives a 'similarity index', which is the word-by-word copying of materials from previously published literature. We use similarity index to make a decision. Even if the original source was cited, articles with more than 10% similarity index will be returned to the authors without peer review for re-writing. For articles with similarity index between 1-10%, we follow the guidelines of COPE on text recycling to make a decision. 

Responsibility of Authors: As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance as included towards the end of this page. 

Responsibility of reviewers: Reviewers are expected to keep the manuscripts confidential, provide an unbiased scientific opinion of the manuscript on time and declare any conflict of interest. 

Copyright violation: Where relevant, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission from copyright holders, and to ensure that the use of images, data and illustrations in the manuscript do not violate copyright laws. If a copyright violation in any of the published article is brought to our attention, we will notify the authors. It is the responsibility of the author to settle issues with the copyright holder. As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off this statement. 

Corrections: If an error in any of the published article is brought to our attention, we will publish an Erratum or Corrigendum. The published manuscript will remain unaltered. 

Retraction: Proof of scientific misconduct will lead to retraction of a published article. Other issues will be dealt with on a case-by-case based on the retraction guidelines of COPE. The retracted article and the reason(s) for retraction will be clearly stated. 

The handling of research misconduct is the role of the scientific advisory board. the process is described here.

Ownership and management: The journal is published under the banner of Codon Publications, owned by Dr. Chris Morais. The company is registered in Australia under ABN 66856928087. The administrative aspects of the journal are done in Australia. The infrastructure and technical support for online presence is provided by the Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University, Canada). Post-acceptance processing of articles is performed by Newgen KnowledgeWorks, who has offices in Europe, India, UK and USA. Some of their clients, either currently or in the past, include the Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Stanford university Press, Wolters Kluwer, Wiley, Cambridge University Press and Springer Publishing. Permanent preservation of published articles is done via Portico and Pandora (National Library of Australia). Services for doi and plagiarism check are provided by Crossref.

Name of journal: Pubmed indexation and ISSN were used as the criteria for determining the name of the journal.  At the time of registration of this journal in July 2016, to the best of our knowledge, there were no other journals with the similar name that met both criteria. 

Conflict of interest: It is mandatory that Editors and authors disclose conflict of interest. More information is given here.

Access: Our publications are freely available online. There is no need for any kind of registration to access them. 

Advertising: We do not accept advertisements. 

Publishing schedule: Each calendar year will have one volume. JRENHEP publishes articles as soon as the final copy-edited version is approved by the authors rather than waiting for a collection of articles for a specific issue. Also each article is published in its respective category (review, original or case report). As a result, the page numbers in the 'Table of Contents' displayed for each issue will reflect this rather than numerical order. This policy is mentioned here

Archiving: We use Portico and Pandora (National Library of Australia) for permanent preservation of our published contents.  

Direct marketing: Potential authors are invited via email based on their prior publication.  

Instructions for Authors: Detailed guidelines for authors are included under “For Authors”. 

Complaints: Any complaint about the operations of JRENHEP should be sent to Dr. Chris Morais at chrismorais@codonpublications.com 

To maintain transparency, all correspondence will be in writing, via the above email address. In the initial contact, please identify yourself, state the complaint and sign off with your full name and contact details, including a valid phone number with the country and area code. The initial email should not contain any attachments, html codes, or clickable links. All correspondence should be in English with the subject line ‘Complaint’. Initial emails that do not meet any of these criteria will not receive a response and will be deleted. Emails that meet these criteria will receive a response from Dr. Morais within 72 hours. He will work with the person who made the complaint for a speedy resolution.

 

Conflict of Interest

The ICMJE guidelines state that a conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Anything that could be perceived as a conflict of interest should be declared. Some examples are: financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert testimony), personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs. 

Authors

As an integral part of the online submission process, the author who submits the article is required to declare the conflict of interest of all authors. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to obtain relevant information before starting the submission process. In addition, all manuscripts should include a mandatory conflict of interest statement as mentioned under author guidelines.  If there are no conflicts of interest then the author should enter “The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to research, authorship and/or publication of this article". If a previously undisclosed competing interest for an author of a published paper is brought to the attention of the editor-in-chief, and is subsequently confirmed with the authors, the undeclared interest will be published as an erratum in a future issue. 

Reviewers

Before accepting the invitation to review a paper, potential reviewers are required to disclose any conflict of interest.

Submission by a member of the editorial team

No special consideration will be given to an article submitted by an author who is also an editorial team member. The process of selection of reviewers, and the review process will be similar to that of an author who is not an editorial team member.

 

Ethics Approval and Informed Consent

All experiments involving humans and animals should obtain appropriate ethics approval, and declare it in the manuscript.

Human ethics: JRENHEP considers WMA Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects as the authoritative source, however, national and institutional variations are possible. All experiments involving human subjects or human-related materials should obtain relevant ethics approval in accordance with national and institutional guidelines. This should be clearly stated in the manuscript.

Informed consent: Where relevant, informed consent should be obtained from human subjects using the form approved by the institutional ethics committee prior to commencing any work. This should be clearly stated in the manuscript.

Animal ethics: All experiments involving animals should obtain relevant ethics approval in accordance with national and institutional guidelines prior to commencing any animal work. This should be clearly stated in the manuscript. 

 

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We do not accept third party advertisements.

 

Editorial Team Responsibilities

As all editorial board members have active and demanding careers in academia and/or patient care, it is a policy of the journal not to overwhelm them with unnecessary workload. Therefore, the maximum number of articles required to be reviewed by an editorial board member per calendar year is three. 

Standard workflow: 

1. Authors submit their article.

2. Articles that pass preliminary screening will be assigned appropriate editorial board members via the journal’s website.

3. The editorial members are required to complete the review within two weeks.

 

Article Metrics

The journal provides article level metrics (ALM) for published articles. The number of views/downloads of html and pdf documents are found below the abstract of each article. Where an article does not have an abstract (editorials and letters to the editors), ALM is available below respective html document.

 

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in JRENHEP are not necessarily those of the Publisher, editor or the editorial board members. The Publisher, editors or the editorial board members cannot be held responsible for any errors or consequences arising from the use of the information contained in JRENHEP. Publication of advertisement does not constitute endorsement of the product by the Publisher, editor or the editorial board members. 

While we make every effort to provide an uninterrupted online presence, we cannot guarantee this will be the case. The website is subject to interruptions. Also we do not guarantee that website will be error or virus-free. It is the responsibility of the user to make adequate provisions (up-to-date antivirus, security and intrusion prevention and scanning software) for the protection of the device they are using. 

We may provide links to external websites. These websites belong to third parties and we have no control over the reliability or stability of these links.  While we verify them at the time of linking, we are unable to provide any warranty regarding the stability or availability of these links.  Also a link to an external site does not imply an endorsement of the views, information or products provided or held by such websites.

 

Types of articles

Original articles, reviews, case reports, and letter to the editor on any aspects of kidneys and liver are suitable for submission. Also, articles on hepatorenal and cardiorenal syndromes are welcome.