RDME follows the COPE guidelines.

Editor / Editorial Board Member

The editor and editorial board members have to review submitted manuscripts during 2-5 working days and select the articles for refereeing. The editor is in charge of selecting the internal and external referees and consults with editorial board members if it is needed.


  • The referee is required to spend sufficient time to study and review the manuscripts and provide the editor with his/her final and specialized opinion during 15-20 days. If the referee is unable to allocate sufficient time to study the manuscript for some reason and cannot review it in the determined time and offers his/her opinion, he/she should immediately inform the journal and send manuscript back.
  • The referee is required to review all sections of the manuscript completely (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, conflict of interest, Ethical issues, References, Supplement, ...) and express her/his opinions.
  • If the referee finds out or doubts about plagiarism, data fabrication, conflict of interest, duplicate publication, salami publication, duplicate submission ...) he/she is required to inform the Editor in chief directly.
  • If the referee has conflict of interest with the received manuscript, he/she is required to inform the editor in chief and reject to referee it.


  • The authors are required to submit original articles. If a copy of the paper has already been published as a poster or presentation, the authors should mention it with all its article details (bibliographic) during submission.
  • The authors should not submit their manuscripts to several journals simultaneously.
  • The authors are required to study author guidelines and then complete and formulate their manuscripts based on these guidelines and the check lists for submission.
  • The authors are required to provide the Journal with the necessary explanations about conflict of interest.
  • The authors are required to follow all ethical issues based on Declaration of Helsinki, animal experiments, patient consent, and literary and scientific plagiarism.
  • The authors are required to follow copyright in using images, tables and... .

Competing interests

A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain - employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert- testimony or personal relationship). There is nothing unethical about a competing interest but it should be acknowledged and clearly stated. All authors must declare all competing interests in their covering letter and in “Competing Interests” section at the end of the manuscript file (before the references). Authors with no competing interests to declare should obviously state that.

 Plagiarism detection

 RDME uses iThenticate software, which is a plagiarism detector service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. If plagiarism is identified, we will follow COPE guidelines.


 Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Directly copying text from other sources
  • Copying ideas, images, or data from other sources
  • Reusing text from your own previous publications
  • Using an idea from another source with slightly modified language

 If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we reserve the right to issue a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate. We reserve the right to inform authors' institutions about plagiarism detected either before or after publication.

 The policy of RDME is that none of the editors should have any financial relationship with any biomedical company.