The Editor of the Journal has the final authority to decide which of the research papers/articles submitted to the journal should be published mainly on the basis of comments from the reviewers.
Manuscripts are evaluated solely on their intellectual and scientific contents without any partiality with regard to individual/institution/country. Information about the submitted manuscript should not be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, editorial advisory board, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editorís own research without the written consent of the author(s).
Contribution of reviewers for taking Editorial Decisions
The manuscript will be published in the Journal after peer reviewing, under the ďBlind ReviewĒ process. Reviewers help the Editor in making the editorial decision. The Editor helps the authors to improve the quality of their research paper by forwarding the comments of reviewers and the editorial board members. Author's identity is not revealed tothe reviewers and Reviewers' comments to the editors are also confidential. The names of the reviewers remain strictly confidential. Their identity is known only to the Editor.
The Editor of journal is committed to provide timely review to the authors and if any selected referee who feels that the research paper is out of his expertise or is unable to review the paper due to one or the other reasons should intimate the Editor immediately so that the Editor can make an alternate arrangement.
Any manuscripts received for peer review must be treated as confidential and must not be disclosed or discussed with others who are not authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
The editors and reviewers are required to evaluate papers based on the scientific contents, its methodology. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editorís attention towards any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
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. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Authors should submit the actual work performed by them. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The manuscript should represent valid work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Reviews and other articles should also be accurate and objective and should unfailingly cite the work on which they are based.
Data Access and Retention
Authors are to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere , and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Plagiarism in any form, including the touting of material contained in another paper (of the same authors or some other author) with cosmetic changes as a new paper; copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of anotherís paper (without attribution), and claiming results from research conducted by others are among the numerous forms of plagiarism. In all its forms plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not publish same manuscripts / research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript/research to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. A previously published paper should not be submitted for consideration to another journal or the one under consideration with another journal, without the written consent of the two journals involved.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written, permission from the source.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions:
- To conception and design or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content
- Order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors
- Only those who have done substantial work in a particular field can write a review article. A short summary of the work done in the field of review should accompany the manuscript.
All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the authorís obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate to retract or correct the paper. If the Editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the Editor of the correctness of the original paper.
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