Editorial Policies

Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications published by the journal are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the editor(s) or publisher, and the editor(s) and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material. Neither the editor(s) nor the publisher guarantees, warrants, or endorses any product or service advertised in this publication. Neither do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service.

Authors retain the copyright. For details, please see the author agreement.

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Each person designated as an author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content.

Conflict of Interest and Funding Sources

Each manuscript, regardless of its type, must include a financial conflict of interest disclosure. This statement should be included AFTER the conclusions and BEFORE the references in a separate section. Such a section must also include any funding sources or acknowledgements of contribution of any material nature. The conflict of interest statement should describe ALL authors' relationships with companies or relevant entities that make products pertinent to the paper. The statement should specify the type of relationships (e.g., consulting, paid speaking, grant support, equity, patents, etc.) EACH author has with EACH company. This item is of serious concern to the Editorial Board and no manuscripts will move forward for peer review if this data is not available.

The role(s) of the funding organization, if any, in the collection of data, its analysis and interpretation, and in the right to approve or disapprove publication of the finished manuscript must be described in the section as indicated above.

In general, the Journal follows the COPE (Committee On Publishing Ethics) guidelines.

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Informed Consent

Reports describing data obtained from research conducted in human subjects must contain a statement in the Methods section indicating approval by the institutional review board or Ethics board and affirming that informed consent was obtained as required by the study authorizing entity.

Human Rights

If the work reported involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki and Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, which can be found at the following link: http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/ind ex.html. The author should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Humane Animal Care

All manuscripts reporting experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section giving assurance that all animals received humane care in compliance with the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care formulated by the National Society for Medical Research and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research.

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Open Access

The VAD Journal is an open access publication. Full text articles, images, videos, and supplemental materials are freely available online and are published with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Although published as an open access journal, the journal charges a publication fee of US$200, upon acceptance after peer review, to cover copyediting and other technical expenses related to the maintenance of the journal.

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