Publication Ethics And Malpractice Statement Of IAS Journals, Adapted From And Based On Guidelines Provided By Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE) (www.Publicationethics.Org).
Authorship and Contributorship:
An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study.
Criteria for Authorship:
Authorship credit should be based on:
Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data.
Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
Final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.
When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.
All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Contributors Listed in Acknowledgments:
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support.
Standards of Review:
Reviewer can place his comments or recommend to reject any article if found to be inappropriate or irrelevant in terms of subject provided in the title of journal, or found to be having redundant data or copied data without providing proper citation.
Reviewing will be done with due respect for authors confidentiality which should not be violated during review process.
The reviewer should not place any criticism for the author or his research work while reviewing. There should be no personal objection of the article for reviewing.
Conflict of Interest:
Reviewers should not review 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.
Editor reorganizes a paper within the parameters set by author so that it can be clearly understandable and available to its readers.
Review of manuscript:
Editor is responsible for every published and printed material and ensures the quality as well. Each manuscript will first be reviewed and evaluated by editor and then to other reviewers.
Relationship with Author and Reviewer:
Provide guidelines for authors and reviewers. Make a team with authors, publishers and other editors to achieve just in time (JIT) goal. Editor work in a way so that right material at right time and at right place should be delivered.
Author can stand if he is not agreeing with any editorial decision and editor has to justify through relevant process.
Editor always welcome new authors, reviewers and readers.
Proper Peer Review System:
Proper and fair peer review process should be followed resulting in good quality, accuracy of data as provided by the author and focuses in continuous improvement of the system.
Confidentiality of Manuscript:
During under review the details of manuscript will remain undisclosed and unshared with anyone other than the group of authors of the manuscript, reviewers, publishers and members of editorial-advisory board. Any description about author and his research will not be shared.
Redundancy of Data:
Editor has right to take required step if the research paper submitted by the author found to be redundant or taken from any other source. Such paper will be considered under plagiarism and rejection of such paper can be done.
Funding in Research:
Readers and reviewer should be informed about who has funded in research and their role in the research.
To maintain relationship with editors and parties involved in publication and should support the editorial decisions and should work in the way to achieve the publication goal set by editor.
To maintain confidentiality of author and his/her research work.
Maintain the policies:
To promote and encourage policies regarding journals ethics, authorship, editorial independence, conflict of interest, research funding, review system and process.
Republication and errors:
To publish corrections, clarification, retractions whenever required. Publication should be done on timely basis to achieve just in time (JIT) policy of journal.
To Cooperate with the investigating parties if condition occurs for any kind of investigation for any suspected research.
What to do if case of redundant (duplicate) publication
Suspected redundant publication in a submitted manuscript (http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/01A_Redundant_Submitted.pdf )
Suspected redundant publication in a published article (http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/01B_Redundant_Published.pdf )
What to do if case of suspect plagiarism
Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript
Suspected plagiarism in a published article
What to do if case of fabricated data
Suspected fabricated data in a submitted manuscript
(http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/Flowchart Fabricated A revised May 2011.pdf )
Suspected fabricated data in a published article (http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/Flowchart Fabricated B revised.pdf )
If Changes in authorship
Corresponding author requests addition of extra author before publication
Corresponding author requests removal of author before publication
Request for addition of extra author after publication
Request for removal of author after publication
Suspected guest, ghost or gift authorship
Advice on how to spot authorship problems
What to do if a reviewer suspects case of undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a submitted manuscript
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/05A_CoI_Submitted.pdf )
What to do if a reader suspects case of undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a published article
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/05B_CoI_Published.pdf )
What to do if case an ethical problem with a submitted manuscript
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/06_Ethics_Submitted.pdf )
What to do if case of reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/07_Reviewer_misconduct.pdf )
How COPE handles complaints against editors
(http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/Flowchart Complaints revised Apr 12.pdf )
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