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Ethical Expectations


Editor-in-Chief

To perform all editorial duties in a fair, impartial and balanced way, without discrimination on grounds of race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliations or geographical origin of the authors.
To provide a constructive, fair, and informative critique of the author's work, and based on editorial comments and peer reviews, give a decision about the suitability of work for publication in the journal.
To be alert for instances of ethical violations in author's work, like plagiarism and duplicate submission.
To declare conflicts of interests and excuse oneself from editorial review, if conflicts of interest exist.
To respond promptly to communications from the Editorial Office and submit editorial reviews in a timely manner.
To investigate all complaints of ethical violations and conflicts of interests, in a fair and objective way, without regards to date of incident.
To follow reasonable procedures to investigate complaints and give decisions in accordance with the policies and procedures of the journal and the publisher.
To give all involved parties of an investigation, a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints.
To protect and maintain confidentiality of information, ideas and author's work and not use it for personal advantages or gains.
To take all possible steps to protect and maintain integrity of the journal.


Editorial Board

To perform all editorial duties in a fair, impartial and balanced way, without discrimination on grounds of race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliations or geographical origin of the authors.
To provide a constructive, fair, and informative critique of the author's work and based on the peer reviews give decision about the suitability of work for publication in the journal.
To avoid personal criticism of authors and inappropriate, offensive or derogatory language in the critique.
To be alert for instances of ethical violations in author's work, like plagiarism and duplicate submission.
To declare conflicts of interests and excuse oneself from editorial review if conflicts of interest exist.
To respond promptly to communication from the Editorial Office and submit editorial reviews in a timely manner.
To protect and maintain confidentiality of information, ideas and author's work and not use it for personal advantages or gains.
To take all possible steps to protect and maintain integrity of the journal.


Peer Reviewers

To provide a constructive, fair, and informative critique of the author's work indicating weakness in scientific content and language and comments for improvement.
To avoid personal criticism of authors and inappropriate, offensive or derogatory language in the critique.
To maintaining the confidentiality of the peer review process by not disclosing or discussing the contents of the manuscript with persons not directly involved with peer review of the manuscript.
To be alert for instances of ethical violations in author's work, like plagiarism and duplicate submission, and inform the editors immediately if such instances are noticed.
To declare conflicts of interest and if necessary, excuse oneself from peer review if any conflicts of interest exist.
To accept a manuscript for peer review only if the reviewer has expertise in the subject of the manuscript to provide an authoritative assessment.
To respond promptly to communication from the Editorial Office and submit the reviews in a timely manner.


Peer-review Process

All of a journal’s content is subjected to peer-review.
Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field.
Peer review process is clearly described on the journal’s website.
Reviewers are requested to point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
Reviewed articles are kept confidential.


Reviewers' Responsibilities

To provide a constructive, fair, and informative critique of the author's work indicating weakness in scientific content and language and comments for improvement.
To avoid personal criticism of authors and inappropriate, offensive or derogatory language in the critique.
To maintaining the confidentiality of the peer review process by not disclosing or discussing the contents of the manuscript with persons not directly involved with peer review of the manuscript.
To be alert for instances of ethical violations in author's work, like plagiarism and duplicate submission, and inform the editors immediately if such instances are noticed.
To declare conflicts of interest and if necessary, excuse oneself from peer review if any conflicts of interest exist.
To accept a manuscript for peer review only if the reviewer has expertise in the subject of the manuscript to provide an authoritative assessment.
To respond promptly to communication from the Editorial Office and submit the reviews in a timely manner.


Authors and Authors Responsibilities

To submit a manuscript for publication only if it is not published previously, is not accepted for publication and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
To maintain accurate records of data associated with the submitted manuscript and to make it available on request by the Editorial Office.
To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original, unpublished work and author's own work.
To acknowledge and cite sources if any content is taken from author's own or someone else's previously published articles or articles currently under review in any journals.
To ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements and confirm that necessary approval has been obtained.
To take informed, written consent from human subjects and respect their privacy.
To take informed, written consent from human subjects if any identifying information like photographs or names of subjects is included in the study.
To declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors of a submitted work at the time of manuscript submission.
To assign authorship according to international norms and acknowledge anyone else who provided support for the study but do not quality for authorship.
To declare if the study has been presented anywhere else before the manuscript is submitted to the journal.
To take all possible precautions to avoid occurrences of ethical violations and unethical behavior in the submitted manuscript like duplicate submissions, plagiarism, citation manipulation, data falsification, improper author contributions and redundant publications. (Note about citation manipulation: Citation Manipulation is said to occur if a manuscript submitted for publication includes citations whose primary aim is to increase number of citations to a specific journal or to any specific author's work. Publication policy of Edorium Journals does not allow more than 10% citations in a manuscript submitted to any journal to be from the same author (as first author or co-author) or from the same journal, unless it is absolutely necessary to include more than 10% citations from the same author or the same journal.)
To promptly notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error is identified in the author's work during review or after publication of the article.
To cooperate with the editor and the publisher in investigation of ethical violations and unethical behavior.


Publisher

To follow highest ethical principles of scholarly publishing and work with honesty and integrity.
To ensure that best practices are maintained and followed as outlines above.
To invest efforts in checking submitted work for ethical misconduct like plagiarism and duplicate publication.
To inform the authors about article publication charges at the time of manuscript submission.
To invoice authors for article publication charges only after final acceptance of the manuscript in the journal.
To work towards removing financial constrains as a barrier to publishing especially for authors from middle and low income economies.
To support editors in investigating and resolving issues of ethical misconduct.
To follow publishing and ethical standards formulated by international organizations like COPE, OASPA and ICMJE.
To regularly review and adapt journal policies to new information and practices.
To educate authors about the open access publication, best publishing practices and avoiding ethical misconduct
To join international organizations and contribute to development of open access scholarly communication.
To uphold the core guiding principles of Edorium Journals and work for development of the journals to make them authoritative journals in their respective specialties.


Publication Ethics

Publishers and editors take steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where any misconduct related to research has been found.
This journal or its editors do not encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.
In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor deals with allegations properly.
The journal has guidelines for retracting or correcting articles when needed.
Publishers and editors do agree to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


Copyright and Access

Copyright and licensing information is clearly described on the journal’s website.
Information regarding the access to content available for readers is stated on our website.


Archiving

How this journal will maintain the electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the condition this journal is no longer published is clearly indicated.


Ownership and Management

Journal's website clearly states information about the owners and management of journal.
Organizational names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner are not displayed on journal’s website.


Publishing Schedule

The periodicity the journal publishes is clearly indicated.


Ethical Violations


Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Unethical Conduct


Complaint

Any ethical misconduct or unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor or the publisher at any time, by anyone.
If an individual informs ethical misconduct or unethical behavior, they should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated.
The identity of the complainant will be kept confidential, unless requested otherwise.


Complaint Investigation

Every effort will be made to ensure that the investigation process is fair and just for the accused and the complainant. The complaint will be acknowledged and the investigation started promptly. The rights of the accused and of the individual(s) making the allegation will be respected.
An initial decision whether alleged ethical misconduct or unethical behavior requires investigation will be taken by the Editor in consultation with the publisher.
All evidence related to ethical misconduct or unethical behavior will be collected. It is paramount to involve only those persons who can contribute to the investigation or resolution of the misconduct. All communication must be on a need-to-know basis.
Strict confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation and even after the investigation is complete. Information regarding the investigation and its findings may be released in cases in which misconduct has been determined to have occurred or when the existence of an investigation has become generally known.
In all cases we will give opportunity to authors or other involved parties to giva explanation or clarification for their allegation. It is duty of Authors or other relevant parties to support completely in the investigation.
Serious misconduct may require involvement of the one or more individual's supervisor, institute or employer. The Editor, in consultation with the publisher should to decide whether or not to involve supervisor, institute or employer. This is based on the available evidence, expected outcome and advice of the experts.


Investigation Outcomes

Informing the individual(s) that a misconduct or unethical behavior occurred and educating them about how to avoid it in future.
A warning letter covering the misconduct and future expectations.
Publication of a formal notice in the journal detailing the misconduct.
A formal letter to the individual's supervisor, institute or employer detailing the misconduct.
A formal retraction or withdrawal of the paper from the journal.
An embargo on the individual for future contributions, for a pre-specified time.









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