All contributions that are selected for peer review are sent to two or more independent reviewers. We use double-blind peer review. Papers may be rejected without external review at the Editor’s discretion.
West China Medical Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle of making research freely available to the public to support a greater global knowledge exchange.
West China Medical Journal only accepts original papers, which should be innovative, scientific, practical, and readable. Please do not submit your manuscripts to more than one journal, other wise you will be blacklisted. We will check all the manuscripts upon reception through the Academic Misconduct Literature Check System of Science and Technology Periodicals (AMLC), which was developed by China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and all accepted manuscripts will be checked again before the printing. Manuscripts with academic misconducts (suspected of plagiarism) will be rejected.
At the end of the text, under a subheading 'Conflict of interest statement' all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
If the article submitted to West China Medical Journal is a clinical study, it should be indicated whether the clinical study conforms to the principles stipulated in the Declaration of Helsinki (DoH), whether it has been approved by the Medical Ethics Committee (if approved, the name of the committee and the approval number should be provided), and whether the patients have given their informed consent; if the article is a clinical trial research, it is recommended that the Chinese clinical trial registration number should be provided. Animal experimental research should indicate whether it has been approved by the animal welfare ethics committee, and provide the name of the committee and the approval number as well as the license number of the animal.
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