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Open Access

Copyright & Licenses


Funding Sources Disclosure

Competing Interests

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Open Access

EJCR believes knowledge should be open to everyone despite an individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and social status. We also believe that all rigorous research should be freely available to the scientific community and access should not be an impediment to acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Copyright and Licenses


EJCR does not request the authors of any manuscript to transfer the copyright of their work to EJCR. The copyright for published material rests with the respective authors. 


All articles published in EJCR are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) ( Under this license, anyone may access, copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, if the author and original source is properly cited.


Please note that if your manuscript contains any content including but not limited to images, figures, tables that are not owned by you or the co-authors or any confidential information, you will be required to:

  • Provide evidence indicating that the owner of the content has given you permission in written format to use the content

  • Provide evidence indicating that the owner of the content has approved the publication of the content under the CC BY license.


If you do not have permission from the owner, you will be asked to remove the content in question from your work. You will be provided with the opportunity to either replace that content with relevant content that you own or with content you have obtained permission to use.


It is important to note that EJCR reserves the right to remove any content, which is confidential and/or lacks permission to use from any article before or after publication. This will only occur in events where concerns are raised regarding copyright, license, or permission and the authors are not able to provide the aforementioned evidence to support their actions.


EJCR follows the Authorship Criteria outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

The ICMJE highlights four criteria for authorship:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, data acquisition, or data analysis and interpretation, and

  • Drafting the article or critically revising the article 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.


Everyone listed as an author must meet all four of the aforementioned criteria in order to be listed as an author.


The corresponding author should submit the contributions of all authors during manuscript submission.


EJCR believes that all authors will take the public responsibility for the accuracy and the integrity of the content of the manuscript submitted to EJCR.


When submitting a group authored manuscript to EJCR, the corresponding author should:

  • Indicate clearly in the title page of the manuscript the preferred citation

  • Identify the group name

  • Identify all individual authors


It is important to note that Journals generally list other members of the group under Acknowledgements.



All the contributors who do not meet the authorship criteria should be listed under Acknowledgements. EJCR believes that the authors have obtained the permission to be named from everyone who is being acknowledged.



Corresponding Author Responsibilities


The corresponding author plays a role during both pre-publication and post-publication and takes responsibility for and speaks on behalf of all authors.


During pre-publication, corresponding author should:

  • Ensure that the manuscript is in accordance with EJCR guidelines and policies.

  • Ensure that all authors of the manuscript agree to the list of authors and contributions of authors.

  • Ensure that all authors of the manuscripts have access to the final version of the manuscript submitted to EJCR.

  • Provide written confirmation indicating that all authors consent to any changes requested in the authorship of the manuscript.


During post-publication, corresponding author should:

  • Continue to be the point of contact for any queries regarding the published paper.

  • Inform all co-authors regarding any arising matters and ensure that the matters arising are dealt with promptly.

Authorship Changes


EJCR follows the COPE guidelines for any changes in the authorship.


Changing the list of authors includes additions, deletions, and changes in the order.


If the list of authors requires any change after submission, the corresponding author should request the change from EJCR. Along with the request, the corresponding author should provide EJCR with an explanation for the change.


If the change requested is deemed to be appropriate, EJCR will ask the corresponding author to provide written consent from all the authors of the manuscript for the change requested including the consent from the author/s being added, deleted, or reordered.


It is important to note that in the event where an authorship dispute occurs, EJCR will not arbitrate.

Funding Sources Disclosure

EJCR requires all authors of the manuscripts to declare all the support received in order to conduct the research work.

It is important to note that each individual author should separately declare all the funding sources received by him/her.

The purpose of declaration of funding sources includes that it:

  • Acknowledge the contributions of the funders

  • Fulfills the requirements of funding

  • Promotes greater transparency in the research process


Information on each funding source should include:

  • Name of the granting agency

  • Grant number

  • The role of the funder in the research.


If the funder has not played any role, it should also be stated.


If the authors have received multiple grants, it is not required to provide a complete list of all the grants received as long as the unlisted grants have not supported the research under consideration.

Competing Interests

A competing interest can be identified as anything that interferes with the objective presentation, peer-review process, editorial decision-making, and/or publication of an article submitted to EJCR. Anything that could be reasonably perceived as interfering with the objective presentation, peer-review process, editorial decision-making, and/or publication of an article can also be identified as a competing interest.


Competing interests can be financial, non-financial, professional, and/or personal and could result due to relationships to a person, institution, and/or organization.

EJCR expects and believes that each author of manuscripts submitted to EJCR and reviewers and editors responsible for each submitted manuscript would declare all potential competing interests in order to maintain transparency in research reporting.


It is important to note that EJCR only requires the declaration of interests occurred within five years of conducting the research or article preparation for publication. However, if interests outside the mentioned time frame could be reasonably perceived as competing, such interests must also be declared.

Failure to declare any competing interests can lead to immediate rejection of the manuscript.



All authors of the manuscript must declare all competing interests regarding the manuscript submitted.


Competing interests may include but not limited to:

  • Names of all funding sources.

  • The role of the funder in the study design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, article writing, and/or decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

  • Whether served or currently serve on the editorial board of the journal to which the manuscript is submitting.

  • Whether currently sit or have sat on a committee for an organization, which might benefit through the publication of the submitting manuscript.



Editors and Reviewers

Editors and reviewers must also declare any competing interests. If necessary, editors and reviewers can avoid being involved in the manuscript assessment.


Common reasons may include but not limited to:

  • Recently worked or currently work at the same institution or organization as an author.

  • Recently collaborated or currently collaborate with an author.

  • Published with an author during the past five years.

  • Recently held or currently hold grants with an author.

  • Have a financial relationship with the institution or organization, which funded the research under consideration.

  • Have a personal relationship with an author, which might not allow the objective evaluation of the manuscript.

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