Before Submission

The GRJ complies with the December 2019 version of the  Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).  Please consult the ICMJE web site for  the most recent version of the recommendations.

All aspects of ethical guidelines, conflict of interest statements, blinding of the manuscript and copyright transfer statement should have been completed before submission.

Ethical guidelines

The GRJ also complies with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( outlined jointly by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). 

The GRJ  follows the guidelines of COPE ( on issues of ethical misconduct.

All submitted manuscripts concerning human & animal subjects require ethical approval from the relevant local ethics committee or institutional review board. This written approval, with clear information on the issuing authority, name of the study and date should be a sent as a separate electronic file (.pdf of .jpeg) during submission. This approval should also be mentioned in the Title page and the Materials & Methods section.

All clinical studies should be conducted in conformance with the Declaration of Helsinki, ( ) local laws and regulations and hospital requirements, whichever affords the greater protection to the patient.  All human studies require a statement that written informed consent has been obtained (including patients in control groups) unless waived by the ethics committee. This should be clearly pointed out in the Materials & Methods section. All case reports must include a written permission form the patient(s) consenting to publication of case details.

All patient data should be anonymized. No personal information including names, initials, physical addresses and IP numbers, full birth dates, e-mails and telephone numbers should be visible in the manuscript. Appropriate measures should be taken to protect the privacy & anonymity of the patients in images. If individuals might be identified from images or the text, explicit written consent must be obtained.

Conflict of interest statement

All financial and non-financial competing interests of authors must be disclosed. This includes payment or services from a third party (government, industry, private foundation, etc.) for any aspect of the submitted manuscript. Any financial relationships (regardless of amount) with third parties not directly related to the work in the manuscript in the last 36 months should also be reported. The GRJ requires the ICMJE conflict of interest statement ( ) to be completed by all authors and submitted as separate pdf files. The corresponding author is responsible for collecting and sending the conflict of interest statements of all co-authors.