Publishing Ethics

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas. Clinical Theriogenology complies with the guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Papers submitted to Clinical Theriogenology are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'. 

Clinical Theriogenology has a 'blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper. 

Research Integrity

Clinical Theriogenology is dedicated to uphold the integrity of academic publishing and to ensure that the journal is operated with a high degree of integrity, with full anti-plagiarism checking and rigorous peer review. Clinical Theriogenology uses Crossref Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) to screen all submissions for plagiarism before publication, but authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Original research and review manuscripts, including those relating to special isssues, submitted to the journal are subjected to external peer review. The decision to accept or reject a paper is based on comments from at least two independent reviewers. Only scientifically qualified persons evaluate reviews and make the decision to accept or reject a submission. Typically, this means the Editor makes a final decision, or Guest Editor, where this is applicable. The Editor is accountable for the quality of editorial decisions.

Articles that have already been published will remain unaltered as far as is possible, though updated with information that an erratum/corrigendum or other amendment exists. 

Correction and Retraction Policies

Articles that have already been published will remain unaltered as far as is possible, though updated with information that an erratum/corrigendum or other amendment exists.

Article correction: Should the author discover a major mistake or error in his/her article after it has been officially published online, the Editor will be consulted/notified and if found necessary an Erratum or Corrigendum will be published. There will be links from the online version of the article to the Erratum/Corrigendum and vice versa.

Article Retraction: This action is reserved for articles that are seriously flawed and so the findings or conclusions cannot be relied upon. Articles may be retracted for several reasons. These may include honest errors reported by the authors (for example, errors due to the mixing up of samples or use of a scientific tool or equipment that is found subsequently to be faulty) as well as issues such as research misconduct (data fabrication), duplicate or overlapping publication, fraudulent use of data, plagiarism or unethical research. For any retracted article, the reason for retraction and who is instigating the retraction will be clearly stated in the retraction notice. The retraction notice will be linked to the retracted article and the article will be clearly marked as retracted (including the PDF).

Authorship criteria

Each of the manuscript’s authors should meet all three of the following criteria:

1. has made a substantial contribution to the design of the study, the collection of empirical material or the analysis or interpretation of the empirical material;

2. has drafted the manuscript or helped revise it, shaping its intellectual content;

3. has approved of the submitted manuscript

Each author should be able to take public responsibility for a portion of the article’s content, and should be able to identify the co-authors who are responsible for the remaining content. Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, transcribed interviews, offered writing assistance or editing, led the research project or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should be acknowledged in a section called Funding, which follows the acknowledgements. Clinical Theriogenology follows the guidelines and criteria for good research conduct with regards to review, editing and authorship, as formulated in the European code of conduct for research integrity

Preprint Policy

The journal allows authors to deposit draft versions of their paper into a suitable preprint server, on condition that the author agrees to the below: 

  • The author retains copyright to the preprint and developed works from it, and is permitted to submit to the journal. 
  • The author declares that a preprint is available within the cover letter presented during submission. This must include a link to the location of the preprint. 
  • The author acknowledges that having a preprint publicly available means that the journal cannot guarantee the anonymity of the author during the review process, even if they anonymize the submitted files.
  • Should the submission be published, the authors are expected to update the information associated with the preprint version to show that a final version has been published in the journal, including the DOI linking directly to the publication. 


The journal strongly recommends that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes of name, affiliation, or research area do not affect the discoverability of an author's past work and aids correspondence with colleagues.  

Open data

As requirements for Open Data are becoming increasingly common, some authors may wish or be required to make their data openly available. In the cases where this is relevant for the journal’s authors, Clinical Theriogenology encourages authors to do so according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). In this case, this should be linked to a Data Accessibility Statement within the submitted paper, which will be made public upon publication. Data obtained from other sources must be appropriately credited. For further questions about Open Data policy and guidelines please confer with your academic institution.

Appeals and complaints

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether a submission is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many submissions are declined without external review with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal.

Authors who receive a "decline submission" decision are strongly advised to submit to another journal. Authors who wish to appeal a journal editor’s decision, must provide strong evidence to contradict the decision. The Editor will look into the peer review process undertaken to see if the decision was made in line with editorial criteria. If so, the Editor’s decision to reject is final.


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