All authors submitting a manuscript to Conditioning Medicine must agree to abide by the policies outlined below.
Multiple authors policy
For manuscripts with multiple authors, it is the responsibility of the submitting author(s) to ensure that all of the named authors have read and approved the final, submitted version, and that all of the authors agree to abide by the journal’s policies.
Policy on scientific misconduct and dishonesty
Conditioning Medicine is responsible for ensuring that any issues of scientific misconduct or dishonesty in research are adequately pursued. Conditioning Medicine will follow the recommended procedures outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) when dealing with acts of misconducts and dishonesty.
Policy on human and animal subjects
Authors submitting papers to Conditioning Medicine will be required to demonstrate that they have conducted their research in strict accordance with institutional, national and international standards on research involving human participants (including informed consent guidelines) and animal subjects. All animal experimentation reported in Conditioning Medicine must have been conducted in accordance with the U.S. Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS policy) and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide).
Conditioning Medicine is an open-access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users and institutions under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
Policies on original data
The editors reserve the right to request any original data from the authors at any stage in the submission, review, or publication process, including after publication. Failure to provide the requested information may result in publication delays or revocation of acceptance.
Peer review policy and process
1) Peer review policy
The practice of peer review is to ensure that only high-quality research is published. Referees play a vital role in ensuring that high standards are maintained and that all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the process outlined below.
2) Peer review process
All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the editors, and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Manuscripts sent for outside review will be reviewed by at least two expert referees. Authors are invited to submit names, affiliations and contact information of up to five suggested individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees, but the editors are under no obligation to use any or all of these individuals as reviewers. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and a first editorial decision is generally reached within 4 weeks of submission.
3) Final decision on acceptance
Referees advise the editors, but the editors are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject an article.