The International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health, CDMH, is a Journal of Child Development and Mental Health from the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand and is published twice a year in the English language. We encourage Thai and International scholars, health providers, researchers, and child and mental health development specialists to publish scholarly articles. We request that authors read and understand our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscripts for our journal.  The CDMH Journal analyzes each submission for plagiarism using the CopyCatch system provided by Thai Jo. An important thing for authors to note is that articles should not have already been submitted for publishing in another journal  and / or not in the between time of submitting to publlish in other Jornal. Our Journal has the following general duties and responsibilities for editors, authors and readers:

The COPE – COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION ETHICS   (https://publicationethics.org/) policy.

         The COPE Code of Conduct covers publication i.e.  general duties and responsibilities of journal editors, readers, authors and reviewers, the peer-review process, and many others as modified from COPE.

General duties and responsibilities of editors
       Editors are responsible for material published in the journal: 
 Try to keep in mind, or strive to meet the needs of readers and authors; also continue to improve the journal's quality and provide detailed information concerning our understanding of publication ethics.  The editor and editorial board shall ensure that the quality of the material they publish is of a high standard. Furthermore, they are to maintain the integrity of the academic record and publish article content of high value and relevance regarding the journal's scope or policy.
           • Accordingly, Journal duties shall preclude business needs from compromising intellectual standards. Finally, editors must always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Relations with readers

         Readers should be informed about who has funded the research, as well as the role of donors regarding the research.

Relations with authors

         - Editors should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish, recognizing that journals and sections within journals will have different aims and standards.
         - Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s relevance to the journal. 
         -A description of peer review processes should be announced and clarified. 

        - Journals should have a declared mechanism for authors to appeal against editorial decisions.
        - Editors should publish guidelines for authors on everything that is expected of them. These guidelines should be regularly updated and referred to by webpage link.
        - Editors should not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless very serious problems are identified with the submission
        - New editors should not overturn or change decisions to publish submissions made by a previous editor, unless serious problems have occurred and been identified.

Relations with reviewers
       - Editors should publish guidelines for reviewers on everything that is expected of them. These guidelines should be regularly updated, and referred to by webpage link.
        - Editors should have systems in place to ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected, unless they have an open review system that is declared to authors and reviewers.

The peer-review process
         - Editors should have systems to ensure that material submitted for the journal remains confidential while under review. A reviewer should keep in good communication with both the publisher and the editor, and review, or accept invitations to review, articles that are relevant to his/her expertise or specialty.

Encouraging academic integrity
          - Editors should ensure that research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
          - Editors should seek assurances that all research has been approved by an appropriate body (e.g. research ethics committee, institutional review board). However, editors should recognize that such approval does not guarantee that the research is ethical.

Conflict of interest
             - Editors should have systems to manage their own conflicts of interest and also those of staff, authors, reviewers and editorial board members.

If any authors or readers have any questions concerning ethical issues, we encourage you to download information from COPE’s website: https://www.publicationethics.org/files/2008%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf