Journal Policies

Editorial Policy
The publication of an article in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for Journal of Libyan Medical Specialties Council. It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editorial, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Any manuscript or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.
Open Access Policy
In order to ensure the maximum exposure of LMJ contents, we adopted the open access policy, meaning that; All the articles published in LMJ are made freely accessible online immediately after publication in an easily readable format, without any subscription or registration barrier. All the published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Articles can be shared and adapted, provided the attribution for the work is given and that the work is not used for commercial purposes. The journal also allows the authors to self-archive the final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional/subject-based repository.
Peer-review Policy
All the manuscripts submitted to LMJ will be subjected to the double-blinded peer-review process; The manuscript will be reviewed by three suitable experts in the respective subject area. Reports of all the reviewers will be considered while deciding on acceptance/revision or rejection of a manuscript. Editor-In-Chief will make the final decision, based on the reviewer’s comments. Editor-In-Chief can ask one or more advisory board members for their suggestions upon a manuscript, before making the final decision. Associate editor and review editors provide administrative support to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process. In case, authors challenge the editor’s negative decision with suitable arguments, the manuscript can be sent to one more reviewer and the final decision will be made based upon his recommendations.
Copyright policies
All the articles published in LMJ are distributed under a creative common’s attribution CC International license. The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright of their work.
Author Self-Archiving Policy
The journal allows the authors to self-archive pre-print, post-print and publisher’s version of the articles in any OAI-compliant repository.
Plagiarism Policy
The authors should ensure the originality of their contents while preparing a manuscript draft. In case the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted. All the articles submitted to LMJ shall be screened for plagiarism using iThenticate (online plagiarism detection software). In case, plagiarism is detected during the review/editorial process, such manuscript(s) will be rejected immediately. If the plagiarism is proven after publication, such manuscript(s) will be retracted from the journal and an appropriate announcement will be placed in this regard. We can also consider appropriate action against authors depending upon the seriousness of the case.
Retraction from publication
We can bring such instants in notice of author’s funding agencies, author’s institutes (where they work) and to the original authors whose work has been plagiarized. COPE flow charts shall also be considered while dealing with plagiarism complaints.
Complaints and appeals
Authors & readers can submit their complaints/appeal to the editor or the publisher of the journal through email. All the complaints will assign a unique complaint number by the publisher. Authors/readers can use complaint numbers for further follow-up.
The author(s) of each article appearing in this Journal is/are solely responsible for the content thereof; neither the Journal of Libyan Surgical Society nor its editors or publisher or anyone else involved in creating, producing or distribution assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information provided in the Journal, nor shall they be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of the Journal of Libyan Board of Medical Specialties.