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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement   


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

It is necessary to have agreement upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the publishing: the author (s), the journal’s editors, the peer reviewer(s) and the publisher.

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

Editors' responsibilities

Publication decisions

The editor of SAARANSH is solely responsible for deciding the papers to be published among the papers submitted to the journal for publication. The decision will be based on the paper’s innovativeness, importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's scope and society. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without considering personal facts to the authors' like race, gender, religion, citizenship, or political philosophy. Current legal requirements regarding plagiarism, libel, copyright infringement, should also be considered.

Confidentiality

The editor and any editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the concern author(s), reviewers, editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author's written consent.

Reviewers' responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing team will assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the quality of paper.

Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research submitted to them in form of manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible, should intimate the editor and should withdraw themselves from the review process.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to others, except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews process should be conducted objectively & meritoriously. Personal criticism of the author is not ethical. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting facts & arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify and ensure that all the relevant published work referred to the paper  has not cited in the reference section and properly acknowledged.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Important information or feedback obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts which are having conflicts of interest from any means resulting from connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Authors' duties

Reporting standards

Authors of research manuscript should present accurate information of the work done as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Associated data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references of their work. Fraudulent or intensely inaccurate information constitute unethical and unacceptable behavior.

Data access and retention

Authors can be asked to provide the raw data related to the study concerned with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will submit only original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Authors will be solely responsible for plagiarism issue.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

It is to be stated that papers which are send for publiation in our journal should not be send anywhere for publication. If the paper is found to be submitted to any additional location than it will be considered as unethical publishing behavior and is immediately termed as unacceptable by journal.

If any manuscript is termed under ‘copyright’ than the manuscript will not be considered for any publication process and also any manuscript which is presently under review process by journal should not be resubmitted for presentation or publiation purpose. It is to be noted that while the manuscript is in process of review, the rights of the manuscript will rest with the author.

In case of acceptance for publication by the journal, author can (at will) give permission for usage of work under CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/] through which others are allowed to make usage of the material through copy, transmit of the work and distribution for personal research work and commercial use of the same.

Authorship of the paper

The authorship rights of the paper will retain with the author. The term ‘author’ includes those who have given significant conribution in conceptualization, designing, execution & interpretation of the reported study. The term ‘co-authors’ includes additional contributors been associated with the research in direct manner.

No additional member is included in the list of author and co-author if have not given any considerable contribution while preparing the content of the paper. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that only contributors directly associated with the paper are included in the list.

The author should also ensure that the acceptance of all co-authors are attached with the final version of the paper and all co-authors shall agree with the final copy of the paper proceeded for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

It is the sole responsibility of the author to ensure inclusion of financial and additional subtantive disputes of interest that may lead to create any influence over the result of concerned manuscript. Any financial supporting data/information shall be projected properly and full disclosure of the sources (direct/indirect) through which the data has been procured is to be listed in proper manner.

Fundamental errors in published works

In case the author confronts with any error or inaccuray in the published work, then it is primary duty of the author is to signify the concerned error/inaccuray at the earliest to the editor of the journal. Author should promptly address the error and corrective version shall be forwarded to the editor of the journal at the earliest.

References :

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7).

Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf