Ethics Policy

The purpose of a policy on ethical principles

Almost every aspect of this process involves important ethical principles and decisions, which are seldom explicitly stated and even less often shared with the readership. Our reputations depend on the trust of readers, authors, researchers, reviewers, editors, patients, research subjects, funding agencies, and administrators of public health policy.

This trust is enhanced by describing as explicitly as possible our policies from Board of Directors to ensure the ethical treatment of all participants in the publication process.


All authors are responsible for the quality, accuracy, and ethics of the work, but one author must be identified who will reply if questions arise or more information is needed, and who will take responsibility for the work as a whole. This description of author contributions will be printed with the article. The authors are responsible for creating all components of the manuscript. Learn more about Our Editorial Team.

In case of requirement for reports containing original data, at least one author will indicate that she or he had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. This helps assure that authors, and not funding sources, have final say over the analysis and reporting of their results.

Review Board

Review Board Members are experts chosen by editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the reporting of research and identifying the most appropriate and highest quality material for the article.

Review Board Members are experts in the scientific topic addressed in the articles they review, and be selected for their objectivity and scientific knowledge. Individuals who do not have such expertise will not be reviewers, and there is no role for review of articles by individuals who have a major competing interest in the subject of the article (e.g. those working for a company whose product was tested, its competitors, those with special political or ideological agendas, etc.).


Plagiarism is the use of others’ published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing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. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer.

This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format (print or electronic).

All medical articles on the website: are required to cite the source if the author uses material from an organization or individual that owns the document.


Ads must have a different appearance from editorial material so there is no confusion between the two. In case of medicine advertisement, name of each active ingredient must be written in full.

Advertisements are not be deceptive or misleading. Exaggerated or extravagantly worded copy will not be allowed. YouMed will not accept advertisements if they appear to be indecent or offensive in either text or artwork, or contain negative content of a personal, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious character.

We have the right to refuse any advertisement for any reason. The decision as to acceptance will be made in consultation with our editorial team and the editorial team will be regularly informed about the evaluation of advertising, especially those that are refused due to non-compliance with our advertising policy.