Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy

Journal Ethics and Policies

The journal is dedicated to ethical conduct throughout the publishing process. We strictly adhere to the guidelines established by leading industry associations, including the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). These associations set high standards and best practices that ensure ethical publishing.


When the authors submit their article for publication, they will be transferring all copyright ownership to Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy. This ownership includes the copyright itself, as well as the right to grant others permission to republish parts or all of the article, with or without a fee. The journal can also create preprints, reprints, or translations (in any language) to be sold or distributed for free. The article can also be included in the collections of published works, both in print and electronic formats.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

Patients' Privacy and Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, will not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Patient consent should be written, and archived by the author, and they should provide the journal with a written statement that attests that they have received and archived written patient consent.

Editorial Process and Peer Review

IJRH follows the double-blind peer review process for submissions of all manuscripts. All submitted articles are subjected to an extensive peer review in consultation with members of the journal’s editors, advisors, and external reviewers (minimum 2 referees for each manuscript). The contribution of peer reviewers to IJRH is acknowledged in the last issue of the year. All manuscripts are assessed sequentially and the decision based on all the referees’ feedbacks, is taken by the Editor-in-Chief, and is then conveyed to the author. An editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity or authenticity of the work. The editorial decisions are not reverted generally. However, if the authors are not satisfied with a negative decision on their manuscript, they may appeal to the Editor-in-Chief with valid reasoning and email at .

In case of submissions with the Editor-in-Chief or Editorial Board Member(s) as co-authors, the submissions undergo blinded, independent peer review, conducted by another Editor/Executive Editor. The Editorial Board Members who are also the authors are excluded from the review process and decision-making of such manuscripts, by automatic denial of access to the manuscript when they login to the system as editors.

Conflict of Interest

By submitting to this journal, all authors state no conflicts of interest/competing interests they may have with the publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented, unless disclosed otherwise in the manuscript. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript. A Conflict of Interest Form will be required to be filled up by each author during submission. The authors are also required to provide the details of the source of funding at the time of submission.

Reviewers are also required to disclose to editors any conflicting interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists.


Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. Plagiarism is a breach of publication ethics and amounts to scientific misconduct. The authors should be able to assert that there is no plagiarism in their paper. IJRH also discourages self-plagiarism. All submissions to IJRH mandatorily undergo plagiarism-check using iThenticate software before initiation of the review process. The plagiarism report is shared with the authors if required.

Human and Animal Rights Policy

Protection of Human Research Participants

Documented review and approval details from a formally constituted review board (Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee) are required for all studies published in IJRH, involving people, medical records, and human tissues. A declaration of whether the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki were followed is to be included in the manuscript. If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement is required along with reasoning. Informed consent by participants is sought and is indicated in the published article. The authors are also encouraged to refer to the National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants, 2017

Ethics of Use of Animals in Research

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Guidelines by the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision on Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) has been laid on the norms and practices for regulation of Animal Experimentation in India.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model in IJRH are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source.

Open Access and Rights for Authors

IJRH is licensed under a CC All articles of IJRH are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons BY NC DD 4.0 License, which permits unrestricted distribution and reproduction in any medium, ensuring that the work is properly cited.

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy, requires credit to Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy as copyright holder (e.g., Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy © 2021).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access, strictly institutional repository site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.
  • People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy website and/or software agree not to misuse the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy service or software in any way.

    The failure of the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.


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