A Journal of the University of Malta Medical School

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Editorial Policies

The editorial policies adhere to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations).

Submissions for potential publicaiton are considered provided they have not been published previously or concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere.

Figures or tables that have been published elsewhere must be identified, and permission of the copyright holder must be provided.

Authorship must be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work. The corresponding author must have obtained permission from all authors for the submission of each version of the paper and for any changes in authorship.

All collaborators shoulder responsibility for any paper they coauthor. Authors must indicate their specific contributions to the published work. This information may be published as a footnote to the paper. Examples of designations include:

All authors, members, reviewers, and editors must disclose any association that poses potential conflict of interest in connection with any particular manuscript.

Authors must acknowledge all funding sources supporting their work. Recent collaborators (such as individuals who have coauthored a paper or were a principal investigator on a grant with the author or member within the past 48 months) will be excluded as editors and reviewers. Other examples of possible conflicts include past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student, or a family relationship, such as a partner or parent–child relationship.

All work should be free of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism as defined by the University of Malta. See: https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/95571/University-Guidelines-on-Plagiarism.pdf

With regard to figures, no specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. The grouping or consolidation of images from multiple sources must be made explicit by the arrangement of the figure and in the figure legend. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or colour balance are acceptable if they are applied to the whole image and if they do not obscure, eliminate, or misrepresent any information present in the original, including backgrounds.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by other means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission, in writing, of the MMJ Editorial Board and of the author/s.

All articles published in the Malta Medical Journal, including editorials, represent the opinion of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the University of Malta or the institution with which the author is affiliated, unless this is clearly specified.

The appearance of advertising in the Journal is not a guarantee or endorsement of the product or the claims for the product by the manufacturer. The Editorial Board disclaims any responsibility or liability for non-compliance of advertising artwork to Regulatory Units.

Published by: Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta.