The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.
Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
Authorship in Publication
Authorship : The authorship is for significant research contribution in the current content of manuscript. It should not be for technical assistance in the lab/instrument operation/ field work or participating in software handling/ graphical output/ word-processing the script.
Co-authors : The communicating author should submit the postal and e-mail addresses of all co-authors. The deletion of any author is not permitted after submission of manuscript. In case of major revision of the paper, a co-author can be added with detailed explanation of the contribution.
Plagiarism : The journal publishes current research findings. Even self-plagiarism is a taboo in the final draft of the manuscript. Too many of references, except where the context demands, it is a subset of self-plagiarism.
Conflict of Interest : The manuscript should include authors' competing interests, if any. The authors should declare conflict of financial and IPR interest.
To participate peer review process : The authors with Ph.D degree and at least two years of published post-doctoral experience are eligible to participate in peer review process in their field of experience and expertise.
Arena of research : The manuscript should contain research results with sharable new findings amongst scientific personnel and falling within the broad spectrum of the journals' prime focus.
Raw data and experimental proof : Prior permission from Animal Ethics Committee for experiments involving live animals is to be submitted along with manuscript.
Errata : Even after the publication, the authors are obliged to bring to the notice of editors the major mistakes in figures or formulae for subsequent Erratum column of the journal.
Review process : A multi-level review process is adopted. After a preview by one of editorial board members for the suitability of manuscript, it will be sent for experts from India and abroad in the concerned field. The paper may be accepted, accepted with revision, or rejected. After iterative modifications, the Editor-in-chief forwards for publication. The identity of reviewers is kept confidential in the editorial office.
Reviewers role :
# If the one of editors acts as referee for a manuscript, the same pattern of reviewing process by an external scientist is adapted.
# The comments are only medium of transmission to modify the script and they should never be hostile, inflammatory or derogatory style /language.
# The reviewer comments should be only in the direction of improving the readability of manuscript, adept to international scientific script style. The manuscript is author's brain child and it should not be molded into any personalized frame.
# The referees remarks in a classical tone that 'This work is not interesting', ' Similar studies were made earlier', It is not in frame of today's inter-disciplinary pursuit etc. are discouraged. # The critical comments should be annexed with earlier literature evidence, references to make things easier to the editors for final decision. The comments can even be categorized as 'Authors only', 'Editors only', 'Both for authors and editors'.
# The reviewer should not use information in the manuscript for the benefit of himself/his school or organization. Also it should never be revealed to discredit anyone in the ladder. # The reviewer should not accept the manuscript, if his research group is on way of preparation of similar content or when under editorial processing in the same or any other journal.
# The reviewer should not contact the author(s) by any communication means during the entire process.
# The reviewer is to be immune in
refereeing process to nationality/religion/political arena of origin of
manuscript or even gender of author(s).
Editorial Board Responsibilities
Quality of manuscript : The factors considered are objectives of study, equipment/instruments, computations, current results adhering to existing theories, new findings and extension/future scope of the study.
Copyright : The contents are in open access for reading and printing, but the publisher of journal has full rights on published papers. Authors should seek prior permission to reproduce in any form.Typical tit-bits of e-Learning program in operation by standard organizations are adapted to avoid fabrication of manuscripts, plagiarism and diminished quality.The contribution of authors is for web site maintenance for the open access journal.
Errata : Corrections to minor errors of typographic, transcription etc. (brought to the notice of editor-in-chief after publication) will be published under errata in the subsequent issue of the journal.
Credit : The guidelines are prepared based on state-of-art of publication standards and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines. The policies of journal publication are reviewed in bi-annual meetings of editorial board to arrive at titbits for authors and referees for prospective publication process. The revisions are updated from the immediate next issue.