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JYMS : Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science

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As an open access journal, the Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science (JYMS) will follow the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

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1. Website

1) The URL of official journal web site is
The JYMS team endeavors to make a good website. JYMS website demonstrates that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. It does not contain any misleading information, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site.

2) Aims & scope: JYMS aims to communicate new medical information to medical personnel, and to facilitate the development of medicine and the propagation of medical knowledge by publishing high quality evidence-based articles. It covers all fields of medical science, including clinical research and basic medical science. JYMS publishes editorials, review articles, original articles, case reports, communications, Resident Fellow Section (RFS; clinical vignette, teaching images), and imagery. All manuscripts should be creative, informative, and helpful for the diagnosis and treatment of medical diseases and for the communication of valuable information about all fields of medicine

3) Authorship: Each author is expected to have made substantial contribution to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work; or have drafted the work or substantively revised it; AND to have approved the submitted version (and any substantially modified version that involves the author’s contribution to the study); AND to have agreed both to be personally accountable for the author’s own contributions and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and the resolution documented in the literature.
Those who do not meet the above criteria should be acknowledged as contributors instead of authors. The corresponding author is responsible for completing this information at submission, and it is expected that all authors will have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their individual contribution ahead of this time.
When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name. Journals generally list other members of the group in the Acknowledgements. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.

4) Redundant publication and plagiarism: Redundant publication is defined as “reporting (publishing or attempting to publish) substantially the same work more than once, without attribution of the original source(s).” Characteristics of reports that are substantially similar include the following: (a) “at least one of the authors must be common to all reports (if there are no common authors, it is more likely plagiarism than redundant publication),” (b) “the subjects or study populations are the same or overlapped,” (c) “the methodology is typically identical or nearly so,” and (d) “the results and their interpretation generally vary little, if at all.”
When submitting a manuscript, authors should include a letter informing the editor of any potential overlap with other already published material or material being evaluated for publication and should also state how the manuscript submitted to JYMS differs substantially from other materials. If all or part of your patient population was previously reported, this should be mentioned in the Methods, with citation of the appropriate reference(s).
The duplication will be checked through crosscheck ( or eTBLAST ( before submission. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the manuscripts may be rejected, the authors will be announced in the journal, and their institutes will be informed. There will also be penalties for the authors.

2. Name of Journal
The official journal title is Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science. Abbreviation title is J Yeungnam Med Sci and JYMS.
3. Peer review process
The JYMS has on online submission and peer review system at
JYMS reviews all manuscripts received. A manuscript is previewed for its format and academic relevancy, and then rejected or sent to the 2 (or more) relevant investigators available for review of the contents. The editor selects peer referees by recommendation of the editorial board members or from the board's specialist database. The identities of the reviewers and authors will not be revealed (double blinded review). All the radiologic images and pathologic (microscopic) images are reviewed by radiologist or pathologist for appropriateness. A manuscript containing statistical analysis will be reviewed by a statistical editor.
Upon completion of the review, authors will receive notification of the Editor's decision by e-mail with comments offered by the reviewers. Revised manuscripts must be submitted within 3 months of the date on the decision letter.
Acceptance of manuscripts is based on many factors, including the importance, originality, and priority of the research. Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decision of the referees. A referee may recommend "accept", "minor revision", "major revision," or "reject." If there is a marked discrepancy in the decisions between two referees or between the opinions of the author and referee(s), the editor may send the manuscript to another referee for additional comments and a recommended decision. The reviewed manuscripts are returned back to the corresponding author with comments and recommended revisions. Names and decisions of the referees are masked. A final editor's decision on acceptance or rejection for publication is forwarded to the corresponding author from the editorial office.
The usual reasons for rejection are topics that are too specific and target audience that is too limited, insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, poor quality of illustrations, or absence of a message that might be important to readers. Rarity of a disease condition is itself not an acceptable justification for case report and image vignette. The peer review process takes usually two to four weeks after the manuscript submission.
Revisions are usually requested to take account of criticisms and comments made by referees. The revised manuscript should be resubmitted via the web system. Failure to resubmit the revised manuscript within 2 months without any notice from the corresponding author is regarded as a withdrawal. The corresponding author must indicate clearly what alterations have been made in response to the referee's comments point by point. Acceptable reasons should be given for noncompliance with any recommendation of the referees.
If the author disagrees with the editorial board's decision, he or she can apply for an objection through individual contact (e-mail, etc.).
4. Ownership and management
This journal is owned by the publisher, the Yeungnam University College of Medicine (, Yeungnam University Institute of Medical Science.
5. Governing body
The governing body is the journal's editorial board.
6. Editorial team and contact information
The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors and members of journal management team are displayed on the About (Editorial Board) tab of journal homepage, and the contact information for the Editor and editorial office is on the About (Contact Us) tab.
7. Copyright and lcensing
Copyright to all published materials is owned by the Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Institute of Medical Science. All authors should agree to the copyright transfer during the submission process.

JYMS is an open access journal. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To use the tables or figures of JYMS in other journals, books or media for scholarly, educational purposes, the process of permission request to the publisher of JYMS is not necessary. For permission to use them for other purposes, please fill in the Permission Request Form ( and send it to JYMS Editorial Office.

All contents of the journal are available immediately upon publication without embargo period.
8. Article processing charge
Free of charge.
9. Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
The editorial board of JYMS have carefully examined all submitted manuscripts whether these are abided by the ethical guidelines of the ICMJE and COPE. The published articles have involved the statements of conflict of interest, institutional review board, informed consent, and human/animal rights.

When the Journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, an ethical problem discovered with the submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the COPE ( The editorial board of JYMS will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. JYMS will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
10. Publication ethics
JYMS follows the Guideline on Good Publication of COPE (, Recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, and Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals of Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (

Our publication ethics are displayed on the FOR AUTHORS AND REVIEWERS (Research and Publication Ethics) tab of journal homepage.
11. Publishing schedule
JYMS published quarterly (January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31).
12. Access
JYMS is an open access journal. A free full-text service both in the XML and PDF formats is available immediately upon publication without embargo period.
13. Archiving
Full text of JYMS has been archived in PubMed Central ( from the volume 35, 2018 and Korea Citation Index from volume 1, 1984 to Present ( According to the deposit policy (self-archiving policy) of Sherpa/Romeo (, authors cannot archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing), but they can archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing). Authors can archive publisher's version/PDF. JYMS provides the electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event the journal is no longer published by archiving in PubMed Central.
14. Revenues sources
Revenue sources of journal are from the support of publisher (The Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Institute of Medical Science).
15. Advertising
JYMS does not accepts advertisements.
16. Direct marketing
Journal propagation has been done through the journal web site and distribution of an introduction pamphlet. Invitations to submit a manuscript are usually focused on the presenters at conferences, seminars, or workshops if the topic is related to the journal's aims and scope.

JYMS : Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science