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Consent For Identifying Information

Edorium Journals' policy for consent to publish identifying information conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):

Any information which can identify the patient should not be published in the text of the manuscript, photographs, ultrasonograms, CT scans, etc. unless the information is essential for scientific purposes.

If any information like clinical photographs, name, address, personal medical information, etc., is included in any part of the manuscript by which the identity of patient can be revealed; authors must obtain a written, informed consent from the patient or the the patient's next-of-kin (if patient is untraceable or expired) and submit a copy of the document at the time of submitting the manuscript.

Images such as X-rays, ultrasound images, CT scan images, pathology slides, or laparoscopic images may be used without consent so long as they are anonymised by the removal of the patient's name and other identifying marks.

If any patient identifying information is included in the manuscript, without obtaining written, informed consent from the patient, give an explanation why this is so. Unless the authors give compelling reasons, in such cases, in which consent for identifying information has not been taken, the manuscript is liable to be rejected. This condition may be exempted if either the patient or next of kin are untraceable, it is impossible or unreasonable to expect consent to be obtained from the patient or (if directly affected) the patient's next-of-kin, or when there is an overriding public health concern making publication of patient information desirable.

If it is absolutely not possible to obtain consent because the patient cannot be traced, then manuscript can be published only if the information can be sufficiently anonymised, so that neither the patient nor anyone else could identify the patient with certainty. If both the patient and the next-of-kin are untraceable, the editors will take a decision about whether to publish without patient's consent.

If there is a loss of information due to anonymisation a note will be included at the end of the article stating that the detail have been removed from the case to ensure anonymity. It will also state that the editors and reviewers have seen the information removed to anonymize the article and are satisfied that the information backs up the authors case.

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