|Scope of the Journal and Editorial Policies
Medical Hypotheses and Research (MHR) publishes original research papers dealing with any
specialty area of the biomedical science. MHR particularly welcomes novel
hypothesis/theory-based biomedical research papers that are usually more difficult to be
accepted for publication in other leading scientific journals. MHR also publishes review papers
that provide an updated overview of the recent advances in a particular area of biomedical
In addition, MHR publishes hypotheses or theories that provide a novel interpretative overview
of recent significant new findings. An ideal hypothesis/theory paper for MHR should have the
following characteristics: (1) it is accurate scientifically, (2) it describes a hypothesis that is both
novel and relevant in the context of the available scientific knowledge, and (3) it is
All manuscripts submitted to MHR must be submitted solely to this journal and may not have
been published in another publication of any type. Manuscripts submitted under multiple
authorship are reviewed on the assumption that all listed authors concur in the submission and
that the final version of the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors.
All manuscripts submitted to MHR are reviewed critically. The editor, with assistance of the
editorial board members and outside referees, will make a decision on a manuscript for
acceptance, revision, or declination based on the scientific merit and technical quality of the
studies reported. All editorial board members and referees who review a manuscript will remain
anonymous to the authors. Authors may request disqualification of a few potential reviewers.
Only those individuals who would represent a direct conflict of interest should be excluded.
Requests to disqualify reviewers will be honored at the discretion of the Editor or the editorial
board member who handles the review.
Humane use of experimental animals
All animal experimentation described in the submitted manuscript must be conducted in accord
with accepted standards of humane animal care, as outlined in the Ethical Guidelines.
Ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects
All studies that involve human subjects must abide by the rules of the appropriate Internal
Review Board and the tenets of the (recently revised) Helsinki protocol
Furthermore, all published studies that involve human subjects should not mention subjects'
identifying information (e.g., initials) unless the information is essential for scientific purposes
and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. See the
"Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" at
http://www.icmje.org/index.html for additional information on this subject.
Guidelines for stem cell research
Research with embryonic stem cells should adhere to the guidelines established by the National
Academy of Sciences, as published in the National Academy Press, at