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Thank you very much for highlighting the importance of ethics in
research. When I was at the Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ),
Journal of Nepal Medical Association (JNMA) and Journal of Nepal Health
Research Council (JNHRC), authors were required to submit ethical approval letter
from 2010. We started advertising and notifying authors of this from 2008.
I left KUMJ and JNMA in...
I left KUMJ and JNMA in 2011, but the ethical approval letter remains mandatory
for research articles. JNHRC and World Journal of Health Sciences (WJHS)
have also made it mandatory to submit an ethical approval letter.
There are five PubMed index journals, of which KUMJ, JNMA and JNHRC
already made the ethical approval letter compulsory two years ago, with initiation long
before, but the author fails to research this in depth.
Therefore, we, the editors from Nepal, felt that there is gap of
knowledge at various levels and we formed the Nepal Association of Medical
Editors (NAME) in order to provide education and to foster medical journal editors. It is also requesting all the
editors and journals to check for the correct ethical approval letter.
The Ethical Review Board (ERB) of Nepal Health Research Council
(NHRC) has continuously expanded its reach to the institutions and to
organizations setting up IRCs in the institutions. They are also providing
training at various levels.
NAME is collaborating with ERB to foster ethics in research in
Similarly NAME is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics, UK,
through which it is fostering publication ethics as well.
However, there is room for development to improve the
community in developing countries.