Policies

Errata

The Christian Journal for Global Health endeavors to identify erratum during the copyediting and proofing stages, with errors preferably identified by the author(s) and corrected by the editors prior to the final publication.  Should errors be identified after publication, the author(s) should contact the journal editor, and the article will be corrected in a timely fashion.

Corrigenda

If an error by the author(s) is identified post-publication, the editor will then evaluate the change and decide on a course of action appropriate to the requested change.  This will likely involve the publication of a correction notice as soon as possible, the posting of an updated version of the article, and the archiving of the previous version of the article.

Statements of Concern

Statements of concern may be issued by the editors when there is inconclusive evidence of misconduct by the authors and further investigation is underway.  It will be prominently labeled as “Editorial Note,” express the reasons for the concern, and appear in the Table of Contents with the heading of the title of the original article until the question is resolved or the article is retracted.

Fabrication, Falsification and Plagiarism

After publication, should there be doubts expressed as to the validity of an article or a source within an article, the editors will contact any and all authors of the article in question.  After the editors conduct further inquiry, and the author(s) respond unsatisfactorily, admit to fabrication/falsification/plagiarism, or do not respond, a retraction may be issued.

Retraction

The editors will consider retracting a published article if they have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or honest error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error); the findings have previously been published without acknowledgment; if it constitutes fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism; or it reports research found to be unethical.  Any retracted articles will be clearly labeled as retracted, with an explanation for the article’s retraction, including a complete citation reference to the original article.

Editorial conflicts of interest

Editors will not be involved in decisions about papers in which they have a conflict of interest.  Papers submitted by editors or editorial board members are evaluated by other designated editors and reviewers to ensure unbiased and independent handling of such papers.  

Reviewer Misconduct

Allegations toward reviewers for breaches of confidentiality, non-declarations of conflicts of interest (financial or otherwise), plagiarism, or delay of peer review for competitive advantage will be considered by the editors and adjudicated or referred to the appropriate institution.  

Author Pseudonyms

An author may request for their name to remain anonymous through the use of a pseudonym for reasons of security and safety.  That is, using the authors real name could believably lead to threats or persecution against them, their family or the community or organization in which they work. To be considered the author must write a request to the editors and clearly outline the reasons for their request for anonymity.  The editors will consider requests on a case by case basis by considering:

  1. Accountability: The author(s) must take responsibility for the integrity of the paper, and must retain accessible if accountability or ethical issues arise. The anonymity does not excuse the author from adhering to the journals policies, processes, guidelines and ethical requirements.
  1. Justification: There is a genuine and believable threat of harm or persecution to them, their family, organization or their community by disclosing their name(s).

The editors will then publish a statement below the article outlining why a pseudonym has been used and outlining the way a reader may contact the author for collaborative or academic purposes.