Code Of Ethics
This statement was adapted from the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and covers the code of ethics for chief editor, editors, editorial board members, reviewers and authors.
Peer Review / Responsibility For The Reviewers
- The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
- The manuscript has not been published previously in any journals
- A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time
- No data have been fabricated or manipulated to support your conclusions
- Consent to submit has been received from all co-authors and responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out before the work is submitted.
- Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
International Editorial Board Responsibilities
- Review all submissions objectively, fairly and professionally.
- Should refuse to review any submission due to a conflict of interest or inadequate knowledge.
- Should ensure the originality of a submission and be alert to any plagiarism and redundant publication.
- Reveal any ethical misconduct encountered while reviewing to the Chie f Editor for further action.
- Must not discuss the content of the submission without permission.
- Adhere to the time allocated for the review process. Requests for extension to review the submission is at the discretion of the Chief Editor.
- Review any work assigned to them.
- Continuously support and promote the journal.
- Actively contribute to the development and the greater good of the journal.
Chief Editor Responsibilities
- Are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish
- Make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
- Should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
- Should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
- Should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct
- Should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals
Authorship and Collaboration
- Evaluate manuscripts fairly and solely on their intellectual merit.
- Ensure appropriate reviewers are selected/ identified for the reviewing process.
- Ensure confidentiality of manuscripts and not disclose any information regarding manuscripts to anyone other than the people involved in the publishing process.
- Has the responsibility to decide when and which articles are to be published.
- Actively seek the views of board members, reviewers and authors on how to improve/ increase the image and visibility of the journal.
- Give clear instructions to potential contributors on the submission process and what is expected of the authors.
Authorship must be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the research study either in the form of conceptual help, methodological advices, data / statistical analysis, collaborators who presented the paper in scientific meetings or assisted in the editing process. Other individuals who have contributed to the study are encouraged to be acknowledged, but not identified as authors. Proper acknowledgment of others used in research project must always be given and it’s the responsibility of the main author to do so.
The corresponding author who submits the paper on behalf of the other collaborators for publication should ensure that all co-authors have seen the final version of the paper, have collectively agreed upon reviewing it and have decisively agreed to its final submission for publication
Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language. Work should not be submitted concurrently to more than one publication unless the editors have agreed to co-publication. If articles are co published this fact should be made clear to readers. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Relevant previous work and publications, both by other researchers and the authors’ own, should be properly acknowledged and referenced. The primary literature should be cited where possible. Authors should inform editors if findings have been published previously or if multiple reports or multiple analyses of a single data set are under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors should provide copies of related publications or work submitted to other journals. Multiple publications arising from a single research project should be clearly identified as such and the primary publication should be referenced. Translations and adaptations for different audiences should be clearly identified as such, should acknowledge the original source, and should respect relevant copyright conventions and permission requirements. If in doubt, authors should seek permission from the original publisher before republishing any work.
Conflicts of Interest
A statement on conflict of interest must be included in the manuscript if authors receive any support that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.