Principles of Transparency Checklist
Below we provide a "Principles of Transparency Checklist" for our journal.
Peer review process
Peer review is double blind within our journal. 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.

Governing Body
Our journal has an editorial board whose members are recognized leading experts in the area of public health at a regional and international level. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors are provided from the Editorial Board page. The editorial board is the final governing body of the journal.

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 and the publisher.

Author fees
There are no fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing material in the journal for submissions from academia or non governmental organisations. An article processing charge (APC) and license fees are charged for commercial entities wishing to publish in the journal.

Copyright is clearly described on the journal's web site, and licensing terms are indicated on all published PDFs. Authors submitting their work to Population Medicine retain the copyright of their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Each article abstract and summary, as available on the website, has a dedicated “license” tab with a direct link to the licensing requirements of that article.

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.

Ownership and management
The journal is operated and managed by the publisher. All content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International 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, ease navigation and maintain the information available as the most recent.

The Name of journal
The Journal name, Population Medicine, is unique and can not be confused with any of the other journals in the field.

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. Authorship & COI tab provides further information.

Population Medicine is freely available to readers with no subscription or pay per view fees. The number of direct downloads and views for each article are noted next to the article's abstract.

Revenue sources
Within Population Medicine, and only for manuscripts submitted by authors affiliated with a commercial entity, an Article Processing Charge is levied. Development of the journal has been partially funded through the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Crete, (S3) an innovation policy concept to support regional prioritisation in innovative sectors, fields or technologies. The European Commission introduced the S3 concept in the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 as an ‘ex-ante conditionality’ for European regions to obtain funding for research and innovation from the European Regional Development Fund.

Our journal does not accept advertisements.

Publishing schedule
The publishing schedule for our journal is continuous, however, articles are grouped into monthly issues.

To ensure digital preservation for the future, our electronic publications archive in partnership 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.

Direct marketing
We do not engage in mass email solicitation of articles and will never mass email potential authors to attract submissions. We believe that this "spamming" practice is unethical and unprofessional. Specific leaders in the field may be contacted on a case-by-case individual basis for commissioned articles or editorials, however, this will be clearly stated in both the pdf and the HTML format of the final manuscript (if accepted). Mass emailing will never take place. To us, the best promotion of a journal is through the maintenance of high standards, quality manuscripts and vigorous double-blind peer review.