In exceptional circumstances, Ege Journal of Medicine reserves the right to remove an original article, review, technical note or other content from online platforms. Such action may be taken when (i) Ege Journal of Medicine has been advised that content is defamatory, violates a third party’s intellectual property right, right to privacy, or other legal right, or is otherwise unlawful; (ii) a court, government order or ethical committee decision has been issued, or is likely to be issued, requiring removal of such content; (iii) content, if acted upon, would pose an immediate and serious risk to health. Removal may be temporary or permanent. Bibliographic metadata (e.g. title and authors) will be retained, and will be accompanied by a statement explaining why the content has been removed. Such a retraction will also be stated in the print version, following the date the decision has been taken by the editorial board, upon the arrival of such information to the journal.
If there is suspicion of misbehaviour or alleged fraud, the journal will conduct an investigation following COPE guidelines. If there are valid concerns after this investigation, the relevant authors will be contacted through their email address and given an occasion to explain the issue. Depending on the circumstances, this may result in the journal’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
If the article has already been published, depending on the nature and severity of the violation:
an erratum/correction may be placed with the article.
an editor’s note or editorial expression of concern may be placed with the article.
or, in severe cases, retraction of the article may occur.
The rationale will be explained in the published erratum/correction, editor’s note, editorial expression of concern, or retraction notice. Please note that retraction means that the article is maintained on the platform tagged as “retracted” and the clarification will be provided in a note linked to the tagged article.
The author’s institution may be informed.
A notice of suspected contravention of ethical standards in the peer review procedure might be included to the bibliographic record of the author and article.