Publication Ethics

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (developed by COPE of which TID is a member). Our journal follows the ICMJE's Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (December 2019 update). In addition we adhere to the standards on scholarly publishing as per the US NIH notice NOT-OD-18-011. Please refer to the "Principles of Transparency Checklist" within this page for further details.


All research submitted for publication in Tobacco Induced Diseases, must have been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, (as revised in 2013) and as per Good Clinical Practice.

For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants or their guardian in the case of children. Identifying information of any form will not be published unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or guardian) gives written informed consent on its publication. Should a manuscript report on research that provides any material that should need informed consent then an ad hoc "Statement of Informed consent" will be published in the pdf of the article alongside the ICMJE Conflict of Interest Statement in the final published manuscript.

When reporting on experiments on animals the authors should indicate which institutional and national standards for care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Should a manuscript report on research that has been performed with animal subjects then an ad hoc "Statement of Animal Rights" will be published in the published manuscript alongside the ICMJE Conflict of Interest Statement.

All research must have been approved by an appropriate research ethics committee or institutional review board (IRB). The Editors will seek assurances that all research has been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and ethics approval numbers will be requested.


TID investigates into all cases of publication misconduct and uses the CrossCheck’s plagiarism detection software. The software checks submissions against millions of published research papers, documents on the web, and other relevant sources. All articles submitted to TID are assessed through Ithenticate, and during all stages of revisions. If plagiarism or misconduct is found, immediate actions will be taken, including but not limited to the retraction of the article and publication of a retraction notice.

TID, as a member of COPE, adheres to guidelines for handling potential issues of plagiarism.

Corrections & Retractions

Should authors or reviewers identify an error in a manuscript, a correction letter will be published indicating where the mistakes were made, while the original source will be immediately corrected. In general, the COPE Guidelines for Retracting Articles are followed in this case. When faced with suspected misconduct the Editors-in-Chief are advised to follow the relevant COPE Flowcharts.


If any authors are unhappy with the decision on their article they may appeal to the Editorial Office giving a reason why they feel the decision was incorrect. Any appeal will be reviewed by both Editor-in-Chiefs and a final decision will be made. Please note that authors may only appeal once.

Editorial Freedom

The Editors have full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief is supported by an expert international editorial board comprised of individuals with relevant research, academic and or policy expertise. Together they make decisions on the validity and integrity of the submitted manuscripts in light of the journal's aim and scope. Upon recruitment to their position, editors are provided with documentation to support their activities including on their code of conduct, on how to perform peer review, the confidentiality of information they may view, and how to handle suspected author misconduct.
The Editorial board's composition is regularly reviewed, while clear guidance to editorial board members about their expected functions and duties is provided. The editorial board is also engaged twice a year with updates on publication ethics and journal strategic development.
The publisher, and none of its core administrative members, are not involved in the manuscript decision making process.

Provenance and peer review

All articles submitted to TID undergo double blind peer review. Every original article is peer reviewed by a minimum of two external experts and one member of the editorial board. In all cases the manuscript is also reviewed by at one Editor-in-Chief. Letters to the Editor and Editorials are peer reviewed internally. All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not (internally vs. externally peer reviewed). All articles have a specific provenance and peer review tab (commissioned vs. non commissioned).

Authors may suggest external reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle double blind peer review at its discretion. Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents.

External peer reviewers are requested to report on the ethical aspects of the manuscript they are allocated to review and are requested to report also on the novelty, the impact, the statistical analysis, references and potential conflicts of interest. A specific peer review form is provided with closed and open based questions so as to rate the manuscript and provide comments.

Principles of Transparency Checklist
Below we provide a "Principles of Transparency Checklist" for our journal.

Governing Body

Our journal has an editorial board whose members are recognized leading experts in the area of tobacco control at a regional and international level, with a focus on tobacco control policies and prevention strategies at a grassroots level. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors are provided from the "Editorial Board" page.

Editorial team/contact information

We provide the full names and affiliations of the journal's editors as well as full address and contact information for the editorial office, the publisher and the scientific society responsible for the journal's content.


Copyright. Authors submitting their work to Tobacco Induced Diseases retain the copyright of their work under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Both the publishers and the Editors of the journal take affirmative action to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. All authors are requested to complete and upload ICMJE conflict of interest forms. All manuscripts undergo Ithenticate plagiarism detection after each round of peer review. In the event that the journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - COPE's guidelines will be followed when dealing with allegations as TID is a member of COPE,.

Ownership of content and management

The journal is operated and managed by European Publishing on behalf of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, a registered non for profit, non governmental organisation registered in Greece, under European Law. All content is published under a CC BY 4.0 license, which means that the authors retain ownership of the content of their manuscript.

Web site

Our journal's web site has been developed with care so as to ensure high ethical and professional standards. Constant updating is performed to enhance website utility and ease navigation.

The Name of journal

The Journal name, Tobacco Induced Diseases is unique and cannot be confused with any of the other recognized journals in the field. We are aware of other new journals however that use TID’s name with synonyms. These predatory journals should be avoided.

Conflicts of interest

We have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers - all are requested to either complete ICMJE forms or declare no conflict of interest.


Tobacco Induced Diseases is freely available to readers with no subscription or pay per view fees.

Revenue sources

Revenue is obtained only through Article Processing Charges, when those are applicable.
All manuscripts from Low Income Countries are automatically granted a waiver, while manuscripts from Low Middle Income Countries are evaluated on a case by case basis. As tobacco use is a global public health issue our vision is that it is imperative to aid regional tobacco control research from developing countries and hence our belief is that Article Processing Charges from High and High Middle Income Countries are to be used to support the publication of research from Low and Low Middle Income countries. Please see the How to submit tab for further information on our Journal's Article Processing Charges.


Our journal does not accept advertisements.

Publishing schedule

The publishing schedule for our journal is continuous.


To ensure preservation for the future, our electronic publications are archived with Portico. Portico is a third-party preservation service supported by both libraries and publishers to ensure that scholarly content published in electronic form will remain accessible for the long term. The Portico digital preservation service is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.

Direct marketing

We do not engage in email solicitation of articles and will never email potential authors to attract manuscript submissions. In cases of very prominent researchers in the area of tobacco control and tobacco product regulation, the journal does send one-to-one personal invitations for commissioned manuscripts or guest editorials. In this event, the manuscript/editorial will be noted as "commissioned" in the footnote of the pdf and in HTML format.