Authorship Criteria

JWMC aims to stick to ICJME guidelines, COPE Authorship and contribution for publication.

 As per ICJME guidelines, an author must have,

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Corresponding author:

The JWMC will consider corresponding author sole responsible for responding to editorial queries during publication process starting with manuscript submission and peer review. The corresponding author will receive the reviewers’ comments and according will make readjustment before re submission. His contact details are printed on the article so that readers can request reprints or contact the research group. The corresponding author will be responsible to determine that all people named as authors meet all four criteria and to ensure non-author contributors are acknowledged. In case if submitted manuscript is authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly identify the group name and members as authors. The journal requires submission of a signed Authorship and Contribution Declaration form by the corresponding author, clearly stating each author’s last name against following appropriate categories:

  • Study conception and design
  • Accusation of data
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Drafting of manuscript
  • Critical revisions

The journal will not accept any request of removal or addition of an author after manuscript submission or publication.

Expectation from authors:

Authors are expected to follow all principles of authorship and declaration of conflict of interest in the submission process. Authors will be responsible for any information written/informed/reported in the submitted manuscript. It is author’s responsibility to obtain signed permission from the copyright holder to use and reproduce text, illustrations, tables, etc., published previously in other journals, electronic or print media. Authors are not permitted to post the work on any website/blog/forum/board or at any other place, by any means, from the time such work is submitted to the JWMC until the final decision on the paper has been given to them. In case a manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors may not post the work in its entirety on any website/blog/forum/board or at any other place, by any means, till the paper is published in the JWMC. The authors may, however, post the title, authors’ names, and their affiliations and abstract, with the following statement on the first page of the paper – “The manuscript has been accepted for publication in JWMC”. After publication of the article, it may be posted anywhere with full journal citation included. Before acceptance of a manuscript for publication, a corresponding author and all co-authors of the manuscript will sign and submit a complete undertaking and authorship agreement.

Order of authors: 

The ICMJE guidelines state that the order of authorship, should be ‘a joint decision of the co-authors. Authors should ideally make these decisions before starting to write up the project.

Number of authors: 

There is no limit to this but since we use the Vancouver style of referencing names of only the first six authors will be available whenever anyone cites their article.


The ICMJE guidelines state: ‘All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgments, and what they did should be described’. All those who are listed in this way should be aware of it. We permit acknowledgement of contributions to a research project that do not merit authorship.

Further Readings: