Editorial Policies

Who Can Submit?

Interested physicians and medical trainees may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Transformative Medicine (T-Med) provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. If the work contains any copyrighted material of others, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owner and include this documentation along with any use restrictions when submitting the work to Transformative Medicine (T-Med). Attribution to the source(s) of the copyrighted materials must appear in the submitted work.

Author Roles

Authorship criteria for Transformative Medicine (T-Med)mirrors the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (IMCJE) recommended authorship criteria:

  1. "Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data for the work" AND
  2. "Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content" AND
  3. "Final approval of the version to be published" AND
  4. "Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved."
Those who meet all four criteria above should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged either individually or as a group. The corresponding author should be available throughout the submission and peer review processes to communicate with the journal editors in a timely manner. All contributors, including authors are to specify their individual contributions at the end of the article.

Copyright Ownership and Author Rights

In consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Tower Health all copyright in and to the article, subject to the extensive non-exclusive rights granted back to authors as described below.

Author-Retained Rights

The following non-exclusive rights are granted back to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Tower Health:

  • To store and back-up the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., flash drives, back-up servers, CD-ROMs, cloud storage, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s).
  • To post the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial.
  • To post the article on the Internet as part of a non-commercial open access digital institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment or educational institution.
  • To use, reproduce, distribute, perform, and display the article in electronic, digital, or print form in connection with the author’s teaching, conference presentations, lectures, and for all of the author’s non-commercial, academic/professional activities associated with the author's place of employment
  • To republish the article in whole or in part in any book that one or more of the authors may write or edit after the article is published in Transformative Medicine (T-Med), so long as notice is provided to Tower Health.

In addition, for authors whose manuscripts acknowledge research funding support from NIH, Scholar Commons @ Tower Health hereby grants to the author(s) the right to provide an electronic copy of the accepted peer-reviewed manuscript to the NIH’s PubMed Central database 6 months after the official date of publication of the final article by Transformative Medicine (T-Med) in accordance with the lNIH Public Access Policy mandate.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Tower Health, requires credit to Tower Health as copyright holder (e.g., Tower Health © 2022).

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Duplicate Publication

Submitted manuscripts cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a journal (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to Transformative Medicine (T-Med), the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he/she/they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Transformative Medicine (T-Med). Prior abstracts and posters presented at or published as part of an academic meeting will not prevent consideration of a full manuscript by peer review.

Text Recycling

Replication of content from an author’s own previous publications is self-plagiarism and is considered unacceptable except in cases where it is unavoidable. Any instance of text recycling must be disclosed and properly attributed.


Manuscripts submitted to Transformative Medicine (T-Med) must be original. Prior to being accepted for publication, articles will be checked for plagiarism. If plagiarism is detected during the editorial review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a correction or the paper may be retracted.

Bioethics Guidelines

Documentation of formal review and approval or waiver by an institutional review board or ethics committee must be provided at the time of submission for human and animal studies. Such documentation should be described in the methods section of the manuscript. For human studies, report eligibility and exclusion criteria, including any restrictions based on demographic characteristics. Describe the sample with enough details, including important topic-specific characteristics and how the sample may have influence on the interpretation of the results. Report the methods used to obtain informed consent, and if consent was written or oral. In accordance with AMA Manual recommendations, provide information about how the study sample represents the overall population. Also, aligning with AMA manual recommendations, include in the results section the number of individuals (or other data units) initially screened for study inclusion, the number eligible, and the numbers who were excluded, dropped out, or were lost to follow-up for each point in the study (AMA Manual of Style, 2020, p. 983).

Documentation of patient consent for case report publication must be submitted for case report manuscripts. Authors may use Transformative Medicine's case report patient consent form.

When animals are used in studies, report the genus, species, and strain number. Consider reporting the name and location of the supplier and the stock designation. Provide information about the animals such as the number of animals included with the study, and the animals’ sex, age, weight, and physiological condition.

Conflicts of Interest

Submissions should include a conflict of interest disclosure of any financial and material support for the submission. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest will not prevent the submission from being considered for publication. This journal follows the ICMJE recommendations for guidance concerning conflicts of interest. Prior to publication in Transformative Medicine (T-Med), all authors of an accepted manuscript are required to submit a conflict of interest form detailing any potential conflicts or competing interests.

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If you have concerns about the submission terms for Transformative Medicine (T-Med), please contact the editors.