Journal Policy


Open Access Policy

Archiving Policy

Policy Statement – Human and Animal Rights

Policy Statement – Conflict of Interest

Policy Statement – Informed Consent

Plagiarism Policy

Waiver Policy for Article processing charges (APC)

Data Sharing Policy

Advertisement Policy


Open Access Policy

All research articles published in IJDRA Journal are fully Open Access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license (*CC BY-NC - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License) which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

An Open Access Publication is one that meets the following two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution & scholarly society that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.


  1. Open Access is a property of individual works, not necessarily journals or publishers.
  2. Community standards, rather than copyright law, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now.

* Allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article as long as the author is attributed and the article is not used for commercial purposes.

Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the RoMEO & Copernicus Index to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

This Journal works on OJS/PKP platform and provides interface for metadata harvesting and XML for Articles & Issues.

Policy Statement – Human and Animal Rights

Any investigations involving humans and animals should be approved by the Institutional Review Board and Animal Care Committee, respectively, of the institution where the study took place. International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA) will not consider any studies involving humans or animals without the appropriate approval. If no formal ethics committee is available, the authors should indicate whether the procedures were compliant with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2008. Informed consent should be obtained, unless waived by the Institutional Review Board, from patients who participated in clinical investigations. Human subjects should not be identifiable, such that patients' names, initials, hospital numbers, dates of birth, or other protected healthcare information should not be disclosed. If experiments involve animals, the research should be based on national or institutional guidelines for animal care and use. Original articles submitted to International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA) that address any investigation involving humans and animals should include a description about whether the study was conducted under an approval by the Institutional Review Board (with or without patient informed consent) and animal care committee, respectively, of the institution where the study was conducted.

Policy Statement – Conflict of Interest

All Authors publishing in International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA) must declare all financial disclosures and conflicts of interest in the article file of manuscripts submitted for publication.

The IJDRA journal maintains a staunch commitment to transparency and impartiality, ensuring that all conflicts of interest are disclosed and managed accordingly. The following technical directions are specified to ensure adherence to this policy:

  • Disclosure:
    • Authors are required to disclose any financial or personal relationships that could potentially influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.
  • Management:
    • The journal’s Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Committee will review disclosures to determine the presence of any conflicts and suggest a course of action.
  • Transparency:
    • Any identified conflicts of interest will be disclosed in the published article.
  • Editorial Board:
    • Members of the Editorial Board are required to disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from handling manuscripts where a conflict exists.
  • Reviewer Instructions:
    • Reviewers are instructed to disclose any conflicts of interest and are excused from the review process if a conflict is identified.
  • Record-keeping:
    • All disclosures and actions taken in managing conflicts of interest are recorded and maintained for transparency and future reference.

This policy ensures that conflicts of interest are identified, disclosed, and managed in a manner that upholds the integrity, transparency, and impartiality of the journal.

The policy is based on COPE's core practices and WAME's guidelines.

Policy Statement – Informed Consent

All human studies submitted for publication in International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA) require informed consent and ethics committee approval. If waiver of consent was granted by the ethics committee in the case of retrospective studies not impacting on patient confidentiality or patient rights, this must be clearly stated in the cover letter and manuscript.

Plagiarism Policy

The International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA) is dedicated to publishing only original material. The journal staff has a policy of screening for plagiarism. All articles in this publication are original: the content (either in full or in part) in each article has not been knowingly republished without specific citation to the original release.

IJDRA uses Crossref Similarity Check (iThenticate) and our own software to detect submissions that overlap with published and submitted manuscripts. Editors can see our Similarity Check page for more information on how to interpret these reports.

Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected and the authors may incur sanctions. Any published articles may need to be corrected or retracted.

If any manuscript is found to be plagiarized, immediate action will be taken, which will include and not limited to the following:

  1. Retraction of paper in question, from online system, review, and from all other processing.
  2. Black listing of concerned author(s) in question.
  3. Rejection of all other manuscripts submitted by the author(s) in question.
  4. Reporting of the issue to the concerned authorities, including the authors' institution.

Note: IJDRA encourages the submission of original articles by authors. Acts of plagiarism will not be condoled by the journals. Submitted work if discovered to be plagiarized will be withdrawn from the journal's website and legal action may be taken against such author if deemed necessary.

Waiver Policy for Article processing charges (APC)

IJDRA is an Open Access journal although there is no Article submission charges, a fee is payable by the author or research funder to cover the costs associated with publication.

Publishing an article in this Journal requires Article Processing Charges that will be billed to the submitting author following the acceptance of an article for publication.

We provide a waiver of Article Processing Charges to:

  • Authors based on country classification by World Bank as Low-income economies from Jan, 2021.
  • Waive upto 100% in some special condition depend on situations where there is no funding, author not able to pay any fees and providing a manuscript complying the author guidelines in all aspects.
  • Government officials from Ministry of Health (MoH) throughout the globe from Jan, 2021.

In order to apply for a waiver, please request one before submitting your manuscript by sending an email to

You can find the list of country as per classification of World Bank.

Waiver Application Process:

  • Author(s) requesting for waiver must strongly demonstrate why their waiver applications should be granted.
  • Request for a waiver must be sent on same day a manuscript is submitted to IJDRA Online.
  • We reserve the right to approve or reject a waiver application. Waiver decision will be communicated to the corresponding author within one week after the application is received.
  • Waiver request should contain the following information:

Manuscript ID and Title

Corresponding Author Affiliation and Country

List co-author(s) Affiliation(s) and Country

Reason for requesting a waiver for processing fees

Data Sharing Policy

IJDRA journal uses the Basic Data Sharing Policy. Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their paper where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.

Authors are encouraged to deposit the dataset(s) in a recognized data repository that can mint a persistent digital identifier, preferably a digital object identifier (DOI) and recognizes a long-term preservation plan.

Authors are further encouraged to cite any data sets referenced in the article and provide a Data Availability Statement.

At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers.

Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s).

Please note: As you are submitting your manuscript to IJDRA journal where submissions are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors (i.e. Author Name, Address, Conflict of Interest and fund related information). As a data availability statement could reveal your identity, we recommend that you remove this from the anonymized version of the manuscript.

There are several benefits to sharing data:

  • Sharing data publicly improves the robustness of the research process, supporting validation, research transparency, reproducibility and replicability of results. This can in turn, advance discovery and knowledge.
  • Sharing data can lead to re-use and discovery, with greater opportunities for carrying out meta-analyses and the extraction of new knowledge.
  • Depositing data in a repository that mints a permanent identifier such as a DOI, allows authors and others to cite the data set, allowing researchers to get appropriate credit for their work.
  • Data deposition supports the preservation of data long term.
  • Wider public availability of research data supports the translation of research into practice.

Data Policies

IJDRA offers the following standardized data sharing policies across our journals:

  • Basic – Journal encourages authors to share and make data open where this does not violate protection of human subjects or other valid subject privacy concerns. Authors are further encouraged to cite data and provide a data availability statement.
  • Share upon reasonable request– Authors agree to make their data available upon reasonable request. It’s up to the author to determine whether a request is reasonable.
  • Publicly available– Authors make their data freely available to the public, under a license of their choice.
  • Open data– Authors must make their data freely available to the public, under a license allowing re-use by any third party for any lawful purpose. Data shall be findable and fully accessible.
  • Open and fully FAIR (Findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable)– Authors must make their data freely available to the public, under a license allowing re-use by any third party for any lawful purpose. Additionally, data shall meet with FAIR standards as established in the relevant subject area.

The diagram above shows the typical workflow of an author submitting a paper to a journal with the basic data sharing policy.

Data Citation

There are numerous referencing styles available and each journal’s Instructions for Authors will include information on the recommended style – always check there before referencing data in your article.

Generally, all reference styles will include: a persistent identifier (e.g. DOI) where this is available, the location of the data and the name(s) of the individual(s) responsible for the creation of the data, and the tag “[dataset]”.

Advertisement Policy

While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

This Journal carries an advertisement, which generates income, but journal not be dominated by advertisements, and advertising must not be allowed to influence editorial decisions.

Journal follows advertising policies as per International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Updated 08-03-2021