PUBLICATION ETHICS & MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

International Journal of Sciences requires all authors to adhere to the ethical standards as prescribed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Authorship
Inclusions of a person who do not meet authorship requirement as specified by the editorial policy or the exclusion of a person who meets the requirement is a violation of this publication ethics.

Plagiarism
‘The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’ Oxford Dictionaries

Submitted manuscripts should be the original works of the author(s). Academic Journals will follow COPE guideline in suspected cases of plagiarism.

Duplicate manuscripts
"Duplicate publication is publication of a paper that overlaps substantially with one already published, without clear, visible reference to the previous publication"
ICMJE Overlapping Publications

It is unethical for authors to submit a manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. This includes the submission of manuscripts derived from the same data in such a manner that there are no substantial differences in the manuscripts. Duplicate submission also includes the submission of the same/similar manuscript in different languages to different journals.

Fabrication and falsification of data
Fabrication, manipulation or falsification of data is a violation of this publication ethics. ijSciences will follow the COPE guidelines in suspected cases of fabrication and falsification of data.

Citations manipulation
Authors should use only citations that are relevant to their manuscripts. Addition of references which are not relevant to the work is strongly discouraged.
Irrelevant self citation to increase one’s citation is unethical.
Unnecessary citation of articles for the sole purpose of “increasing” the articles’ citation is unethical.
Unnecessary citation of articles from a particular journal to “increase” the journals citation is unethical.
ijSciences will review and update this policy periodically.

ijSciences is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

In particular,

Authors:
Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors:
Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers:
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Issue January 2017

Volume 6, January 2017


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