Focus and Scope

Journal of Geriatric Medicine is an international peer-reviewed journal specializing in gerontology research. Gerontology research is focused on the study of the ageing process, as well as the problems faced by the elderly. As a result of the prevalence of the ageing population issue faced by many nations worldwide, gerontology research has gained increased emphasis.

The scope of the Journal of Geriatric Medicine includes, but is not limited to:

  • Geriatric diseases
  • Geriatric psychology
  • Geriatric epidemiology
  • Aging and intervention
  • Geriatric health care

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Reviews

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Case Report

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Editorial

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate Open Access to its content as it believes that making research freely available to the public which helps promoting the research results benefiting the scholarly community.

  • Higher Visibility, Availability and Citations – free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions increases citation of the article.
  • Ease of search – publications are easily searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
  • Rapid Publication – accepted papers are immediately published online.

 

Copyright Notice

Copyright and Licensing

The authors shall retain the copyright of their work but allow the Publisher to publish, copy, distribute, and convey the work.

Journal of Geriatric Medicine publishes accepted manuscripts under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). Authors who submit their papers for publication by Journal of Geriatric Medicine agree to have the CC BY-NC 4.0 license applied to their work, and that anyone is allowed to reuse the article or part of it free of charge for non-commercia. As long as you follow the license terms and original source is properly cited, anyone may copy, redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material.

Reproducing Published Material from other Publishers

It is absolutely essential that authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, tables or any extract of a text) which does not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Permission should be requested by the authors from the copyright holder. In order to avoid unnecessary delays in the publication process, you should start obtaining permissions as early as possible. If in any doubt about the copyright, apply for permission. The journal cannot publish material from other publications without permission.

In exceptional circumstances articles may be licensed differently. If you have specific condition (such as one linked to funding) that does not allow this license, please mention this to the editorial office of the journal at submission. Exceptions will be granted at the discretion of the publisher.

 

Peer Review Policy

The journal operates a double-blind process. Once a manuscript passes the initial checks, the Managing Editor will contact the journals’ Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors . Editor-in-chief decides on the manuscript to be sent out for review process and assigns the manuscript to reviewers from inside the editorial board or inform the managing editor to contact outside reviewers depending on the topic.

After evaluations by the reviewers have been received, the editor-in-chief makes one of the following recommendations: accept, minor revision, major revision, reject and resubmit, and reject.

If decision is minor revision, the authors have 7 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.

If decision is major revision, the authors have 14 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.

Upon resubmission, the same procedure is applied as for the initial submission. Authors may appeal for a rejected submission. Appeal requests must be made in writing to jgr-b@bilpublishing.com with detailed reasons for the appeal and point by point responses to the reviewers remarks. Decisions on appeals are final without exception.

For all manuscripts accepted for publication, the peer review process will be deemed to be completed. The manuscript will proceed to be copyedited, layout edited and proofread before being published online.

Note: You may suggest up to four academically qualified reviewers for consideration. Please insert the current contact details of the reviewer and state the reason(s) for recommendation under the "Comments for the Editor" section. However, please take note that the Editorial team strives to ensure the peer review process is fair and unbiased and hence, there is no guarantee that a recommended reviewer will be approached to perform the peer review.

 

Editorial Policies

Authors should read the “Author Guidelines” before making a submission, and make sure that the manuscripts were written in accordance to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Geriatric Medicine are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to Journal of Geriatric Medicine will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

A manuscript would not be considered if it has been published or is currently under consideration for publication in any other journals. In the cover letter, authors must state that neither the manuscript nor any significant part of it is under consideration for publication elsewhere or has appeared elsewhere in a manner that could be construed as a prior or duplication of the same work. The authors are required to notify the editorial team if the findings and data in their submissions have been presented in conferences.

 

Authorship

Authorship of a scholarly paper should be limited to individuals who have contributed substantially to its intellectual content. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or general supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. All authors should hold the responsibility of fairly evaluating their respective roles and their co-authors’ roles in the project. This is to ensure that authorship is attributed according to a fixed standard in all publications for which they will be listed as authors.

In order to be listed as an author for a paper, one should have contributed sufficiently in the project. A co-author is expected to have contributed to some component of the work which led to the paper, or be involved in interpretation of its results. All authors should have a say in the final approval of the version to be published, in addition to reviewing the final manuscript prior to submission.

Individuals who do not meet the above requirements, but have provided a valuable contribution to the work, may be acknowledged for their contribution as appropriate to the publication.

 

Publication Frequency

The publication frequency of Journal of Geriatric Medicine is semiyearly.

 

Conflict of Interest

All authors must disclose all relationships or interests in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

Authors can disclose potential conflicts of interest via the online submission system during the submission process. Declarations regarding conflicts of interest can also be stated in the cover letter.A statement in the manuscript must include in a separate section “Conflicts of Interest” placed just before the reference list. The statement should reflect all the collected potential conflict of interest disclosures in the form. If authors who have nothing to declare are encouraged to add "No conflict of interest was reported by all authors" in this section.

 

Plagiarism

Authors are advised to perceive high standards in the aspect of publication ethics. Any plagiarism (fabrication or falsification of data) are strictly unacceptable practices in Journal of Geriatric Medicine, including duplicate publication of the author’s work without proper citation.

Every manuscript submitted for publication is checked for plagiarism via CrossCheck (powered by iThenticate) after submission and before being sent to the editor for editorial review. Any detection of overlapping and similar texts in the manuscripts submitted will be investigated promptly and may lead to the manuscript being rejected.

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Journal of Geriatric Medicine is an Open Access Journal under Bilingual Publisher. All articles published in Journal of Geriatric Medicine are accessible electronically from the journal website without commencing any kind of payment. In order to ensure contents are freely available and maintain publishing quality, Article Process Charges (APC) is applicable to all authors who wish to submit their articles to the journal to cover the cost incurred in processing the manuscripts. Such cost will cover the peer-review, copyediting, typesetting, publishing, content depositing and archiving processes. Those charges are applicable only to authors who have their manuscript successfully accepted after peer-review.

Journal TitleAPC(USD)
Journal of Geriatric Medicine$400

* We encourage authors to publish their papers with us and don’t wish the cost of article processing fees to be a barrier especially to authors from the low and lower middle income countries/regions. A range of discounts or waivers are offered to authors who are unable to pay our publication processing fees. Authors can write in to apply for a waiver and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

APC Payment

Payments for APC of this journal can be made through our online PayPal payment gateway.

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Language

The language used in manuscripts submitted to Journal of Geriatric Medicine is English. Authors whose first language is not English may want to have their manuscripts professionally edited before the final submission to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by its prospective readers.

 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing

Journal of Geriatric Medicine (JGM) is indexed/ included by :

Google Scholar

J-Gate

MyScienceWork

National Library Board Singapore

Crossref

BASE

Citefactor

Scilit

Worldcat

SafetyLit

Archives

The contents of Journal of Geriatric Medicine are archived and preserved by Portico.

 

Publishing Ethics

Journal of Geriatric Medicine requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Code of Conduct and to the Best Practice Guidelines as stipulated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editors of this journal enforce a rigorous peer-review process together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication.

Journal of Geriatric Medicine adopts a zero-tolerance policy concerning any academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The violations include (but are not limited to):

  • Plagiarism
  • Falsification of research, data fabrication
  • Affiliation misrepresentation
  • Submit to multiple journals simultaneously
  • Breaches in copyright/use of third-party material without appropriate permissions
  • Undisclosed competing interests
  • Unethical research

The reviewers, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute a research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart. The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at jgm@bilpublishing.com.

In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, a panel will be formed to investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the Panel’s Decision via email and all appeals regarding the decision will have to be made to the Publisher at jgm@bilpublishing.com within 28 days of the decision date.

 

Data Sharing Policy

Bilingual Publishing Co is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology and reporting standards. We encourage authors of articles published in our journals to share their research data including, but not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, methods, materials,etc.

Journal of Geriatric Medicine publishes accepted contributions according to CC BY-NC 4.0. The author who submits the paper for publication in the Journal of geriatric medicine agrees to apply the CC BY-NC 4.0 to his work. The attribution allows others to remix, adapt, and create non-commercial works based on your work. Although their new work must bear your name and be for non-commercial purposes, they do not have to license their work under the same terms.

Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

  • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
  • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
  • cite this data in your research

 

Research Involving Human Subjects

If the research or work involves the use of human subjects, human material, human tissues or human data, the author should declare that the work described is carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) and should be detailed Describe ethical approval information, such as the name of the granting committee or the organization and approval identifier, that is, the reference number. If the ethics approval identifier is not available, written approval from the granting committee or organization must be provided as a confidential supplementary document.

Research Participants' consent

- For surveys of human subjects, it should also be clearly stated from study participants that the author should inform study participants of the purpose of publication, the risks and benefits of the experiment, and the patient's right to refuse or withdraw consent. Authors are obligated to declare and clearly state any restrictions on the availability or use of human data in the manuscript.

-For all human subjects, it is necessary to obtain informed consent and the method of obtaining informed consent (that is, oral or written).

- Parental or legal guardian consent should be obtained if study participants are minors.

- Research participants have the right to privacy, which cannot be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including the participant’s name, initials or hospital number, should not be released in the form of written instructions or photos, unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participant (or parent or guardian) has written knowledge of the release agree.

Authors are encouraged to follow the CARE guidelines while reporting a clinical case that involves the use geriatric medicine on human subject. If the article reporting guidelines suggested by the International Journal of Geriatric Medicine were not pertinent to your work, please look for and refer to the appropriate reporting standards as found on EQUATOR Network, which have been adopted by the field of the works or which apply to their study design.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

 

Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research

JGM endorses the ARRIVE guidelines for reporting experiments using live animals. In the manuscripts, any additional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals that were used in the experiment should be indicated. Briefly, the authors should also include animal details (e.g. species, gender, age, weight), animal housing conditions and husbandry information, and relevant steps taken to ameliorate pain and suffering of the animals in the Methodology section.

For studies reporting experiments that involve testing on regulated animals (i.e. all live vertebrates and/or higher invertebrates), authors must identify the committee or organization (e.g. author’s Institutional Ethics Review Board) approving the experiments in the Methodology section of the manuscript, which should also detail ethics approval information such as the name of the granting committee or organization and the approval identifiers, i.e. reference numbers. For research conducted on non-regulated animals, a statement should be made as to why ethical approval was not required.

Studies involving vertebrates or higher invertebrates must only be carried out after obtaining approval from the appropriate ethics committee. As a minimum, the project identification code, date of approval and name of the ethics committee or institutional review board should be stated in Section ‘Institutional Review Board Statement’. Research procedures must be carried out in accordance with national and institutional regulations.

 

Application of Cell Lines

JGM requires the submission of reports in the method section of cell line research to indicate the source of any cell line.For established cell lines the provenance should be stated and references must also be given to either a published paper or to a commercial source.Authors must identify the committee or organization (e.g. author’s Institutional Ethics Review Board) approving the experiments in the Methodology section of the manuscript, which should also detail ethics approval information such as the name of the granting committee or organization and the approval identifiers, i.e. reference numbers. In the case that ethics approval identifiers are not available, written approval from the granting committee or organization must be provided as confidential supplementary file. Authors must confirm that they obtained the consent from the donor or next of kin for deriving a cell line from the donor.

 

Clinical Trials and Reporting guidelines

Journal of Geriatric Medicine conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract. 

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

 

Withdrawal Policy

Author-initiated submission withdrawal

If authors change their mind and decide not to pursue publication of papers with the journal, they must write a letter addressed to our editors at jgm@bilpublishing.com, explaining the reason(s) of submission withdrawal. Consents of all co-authors must be obtained for author-initiated submission withdrawal. The decision to withdraw a submission would eventually rest with the editors, including the Editor-in-Chief.

It is relatively more difficult in withdrawing a new submission paper that has been processed for peer-review or is under peer-review compared to withdrawing a new submission because the editors and reviewers have expended much time and energy in editorial process and manuscript evaluation, respectively.To withdraw a paper that has been processed for peer-review, authors should clearly argue their case on scientific reasons; only valid and sound reasons will be accepted. Once the approval of submission withdrawal is granted, the submission will be removed from the journal’s online submission system, and a confirmation email of submission withdrawal will be sent to the authors.

In general, the editors of Journal of Geriatric Medicine consider the following as *unethical and unreasonable reasons* of withdrawing a submission:

*Unaware of the Article Processing Charge payable after paper acceptance (or reluctant to pay Article Processing Charge). Authors are advised to find out the publication fees associated with the journal before making a decision to submit. It is unethical to submit and proceed with the editorial process for a submission under consideration for publication if authors do not have plans of paying the Article Processing Charge upon acceptance.

*Do not want to make all research data or findings available to the journal. Before a submission is made, authors are responsible to check whether the research data or findings presented in manuscript are compatible with their desired journal and/or type of submission they intend to make. There are no defined criteria as to how much data or findings should be published in a paper, but we believe that it is necessary to obtain enough data from experiments to make precise and accurate interpretation.Thus, it is in authors’ best interest to provide, present and publish all relevant data and findings.

*Wanting to submit to a higher- or lower-impact journal. It’s the authors’ responsibility to vet the journal background before making a decision to submit. Making a submission to the journal is comparable to admitting that the quality and standard of the submission match with that of the journal.

In the event that authors insist to withdraw submission on unethical and unreasonable grounds (see the above-mentioned *unethical and unreasonable reasons*), they will be demanded to pay submission withdrawal fee that is charged at 30% of the Article Processing Charge. Once the payment of submission withdrawal fee is made, the submission will be removed from the journal’s online submission system, and a confirmation email of submission withdrawal will be sent to the authors.

Retraction to published articles

A Retraction notice will be issued where infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The main reason for retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science. The decision to issue a retraction for an article will be made in accordance with COPE guidelines

Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by Journal of Geriatric Medicine:

- Add a “retracted” watermark to the published Version of Record of the article,

- Issue a separate retraction statement, titled ‘Retraction: [article title]’, that will be linked to the retracted article.

Authors should note that any amounts of paid Article Processing Charge will not be refunded if their accepted papers or Articles in Press are withdrawn on the grounds of academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication.

 

Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to approval to the Publisher. Advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appear. For more inquiries, please send email to jgr-b@bilpublising.com.

 

Disclaimer

Journal of Geriatric Medicine is not liable to the statements, perspectives, and opinions contained in the published articles. The appearance of advertisements in the journal shall not be construed as a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised and/or the safety thereof. Journal of Geriatric Medicine and the Publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.