(Crossmark Policy Page)

DOI: 10.37545/haematoljbd2018104

Any article published in HJB will receive a DOI and remain permanently available on the journal website. An article can be retracted by the publisher or at the request of its author if there is clear evidence of misconduct or honest error. HJB follows COPE retraction guidelines and CrossMark policy for correction and retraction of published articles.

Post- publication discussions, complaints and appeals: We do respectfully invite authors, co-authors, reviewers, and our valuable readers to please advise us on any published matters. The subjects might include the layout, format, texts, figures, tables, and most importantly the subject and content at any sections of an article. The fields of complaints include appeals to editorial decisions (e.g., article rejection), editorial processes in handling papers (e.g., time taken to review), and complaints about publication ethics.

Article correction: Corrections can only be made to a published article after the authorization of the journal editors. The decision about the magnitude and type of corrections (Erratum, Corrigendum, or Addendum) rests with the journal editors. If an author requests a change or revision of an article, we will upload the revised version of that article along with all the previous versions for our readers. Both the original and corrected articles will be linked to each other and made available to readers through Crossmark. HJB is a member of Crossref and complies with the Crossmark scheme to uphold the integrity of the scholarly records. The scheme is a multi-publisher initiative that provides the reader with a standard way to locate the current version of an article or research paper. By adopting the Crossmark system, HJB is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and alerting its readers to any changes made in the articles. Clicking on the Crossmark icon will show the status of an article as well as additional publication record information about that document.

Article retraction/removal: HJB retains the right to remove any published article from the journal website in some circumstances as suggested by COPE guidelines. This will only occur if a published work infringes others’ legal rights, pose a serious public health risk or misconduct, or the article is subject to a court order. The editorial board can consider retraction of a published article in the following situations-

  • There is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of major error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error), or as a result of fabrication (e.g., of data) or falsification (e.g., image manipulation).
  • It constitutes plagiarism.
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication).
  • It contains material or data without authorisation for use.
  • Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (e.g., libel, privacy).
  • It reports unethical research.
  • It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process.
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest that, in the view of the editor, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.
  • Clear evidence of authorship dispute. Please, see our authorship policy.

Manuscript withdrawal: Manuscripts can be withdrawn by submitting a formal letter by the corresponding author to the editors stating the reasons for withdrawal. The author can withdraw a manuscript without penalty if a withdrawal request has been made within 2 weeks of submission. However, if an author wants to withdraw a manuscript any time after the review process has been completed and/or it has been accepted, a withdrawal fee might be applied. If the article is withdrawn due to unethical practices, such corresponding authors shall not be allowed to submit an article in the future in this journal.

Handling of complaints and appeals: Haematology Journal of Bangladesh takes each complaint seriously and handles it professionally with necessary action as quickly as possible. If anyone has any comment, complaint or appeal about any article or issue, please, email us at journal@hematologybd.org addressing the Editor in Chief. The subject line should be named as Post-Publication Matters. The mail body should include the title and the DOI of the article, and a clear and detailed explanation of the basis of the comments or complaints. The section editor of the published article will review the comments and discuss them with the corresponding author and peer reviewers, if required. The result of the investigation will be discussed with the editor-in-chief to make the best action. Appropriate feedback is provided to the complainant and the relevant stakeholders. The action might be in a range of a logical private reply to the complainant, or publishing a note or a short communication on that article at the journal, or correction of parts of the article with or without public announcement, or in very exceptional circumstances, removal of the article from the journal website. On difficult or complicated cases, the editorial board can seek advice from the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) for guidance or can involve the publishing authority or can refer to BMRC for arbitration. An email listing all considerations and criteria for the final decision will be sent to the corresponding author and the reviewers. If the complaint is against the Editor-in-Chief, one can approach to the president of the Haematology Society of Bangladesh. Please, check the contacts page on their website for direct communication.