Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine (IJOTM) is a quarterly peer-reviewed English-language journal that publishes high-quality basic sciences and clinical research on transplantation.

The scope of the journal includes organ and tissue donation, procurement and preservation; surgical techniques, innovations, and novelties in all aspects of transplantation; genomics and immunobiology; immunosuppressive drugs and pharmacology relevant to transplantation; graft survival and prevention of graft dysfunction and failure; clinical trials and population analyses in the field of transplantation; transplant complications; cell and tissue transplantation; infection; post-transplant malignancies; sociological and ethical issues and xenotransplantation.


Section Policies


Editorials are only solicited by the Editor.

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Review Articles

Review Articles are usually invited by the Editor. Authors interested in submitting a review should contact the Editorial Office prior to manuscript preparation and submission.

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Original Articles

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Short Communications

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Case Report

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Letter to the Editor

Letters may not have more than three authors, five references and should not exceed 400 words.

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Peer Review Process

The IJOTM uses a double-blind peer review system. The Editor will assign the management of the peer review process to a member of the Editorial Board who is familiar with the subject area. The designated editor will then select two to three reviewers based on their expertise in the subject area of the manuscript. If the manuscript involves complex data or statistical methods, it is also sent to a statistical advisor. Reviewers’ comments are then summarized and sent to the corresponding author to take the necessary actions and responses. The revised manuscript will then be evaluated by the hanging committee members, the final decision of whom are sent to the corresponding author. If the manuscript is accepted, it will be copy edited, and a galley proof will be sent to the corresponding author for the final correction and approval.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Article Processing Charges Policy & Article Submission Charges Policy

The IJOTM has no article submission or peer review processing charges.


Screening for Plagiarism Policy

Authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere. COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached in cases in which plagiarism is detected.


Publication Ethics

Publication and authorship

  • A statement should be included in the title page indicating any financial support the authors had received.
  • The authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere.
  • Authors should sign an Assignment Form stating that the article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form. The same research must not be published in more than one journal.


Author's responsibilities

  • Authors should actively participate in the peer review process and provide suitable responses to the comments raised by peer reviewers on time.
  • All authors must have significantly contributed to the research and fullfil the authorship criteria.
  • Authors must state that all data in the article are real and authentic.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • Copyright: If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscripts.


Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers

  • Judgments should be objective.
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders.
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
  • Reviewers are only advisors to the Editor, the one who makes the final decision on the manuscript.
  • Reviewers should provide constructive comments to improve the quality of the article.


Editorial responsibilities

  • The Editor has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept a manuscript.
  • The Editor should have no conflict of interest with respect to manuscripts he rejects/accepts.
  • When errors are found in a manuscript, the Editor promotes publication of corrections or retractions.
  • The anonymity of reviewers is preserved.


Issues on Publishing Ethics

  • COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached upon confronting any ethical misconduct.
  • The IJOTM uses the COPE flowchart for retraction of a published article.
  • All patients and participants of the research should be thoroughly informed of the objectives of the study and any possible side-effects of the drugs and interventions. Written informed consent from the participants or their legal guardians is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.
  • The Editor-in-Chief is always willing to publish corrections and clarifications.



  • Use of verbatim texts from other sources without attribution is prohibited. The content of all manuscripts submitted must be the original work of authors and must not be plagiarized from other articles. COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are approached in case plagiarism is detected.


Data falsification/fabrication

  • Falsification is the practice of omitting or altering research materials, data, or processes so that the results of the research are no longer accurately reflected. Fabrication is the practice of inventing data or results and reporting them in the research. Both of these misconducts are fraudulent and seriously alter the integrity of research. Therefore, articles must be written based on original data and use of falsified or fabricated data is strongly prohibited.


Image manipulation

  • The IJOTM encourages authors to send their original images. All digital images in manuscripts accepted for publication will be checked for inappropriate manipulation. No specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable as long as they are applied to the entire image and do not misrepresent any information present in the original, including the background. The editors will request the original data from the authors to compare the manipulated figures in cases suspected of inappropriate manipulation.