Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed. The editor may make use of appropriate software for checking the originality of submissions received.
Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication.
- The Editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published;
- The Editors may discuss with other editors or reviewers in making decision;
- The Editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors;
- The Editors must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate;
- The Editors should ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process;
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author;
- The Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.
EDITORIAL BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
- The Editorial Board must keep
information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential.
- The Editorial Board must disclose any
conflicts of interest.
- The Editorial Board must evaluate
manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
- The Editorial Board is responsible for
making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
- Information regarding manuscripts submitted by
authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged
- Reviews should be conducted objectively. There
shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express
their views clearly with supporting arguments;
- Reviewers should identify relevant published
work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been
previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant
- Reviewers should request to the Editors
attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript
under consideration and any other published paper of which they have
- In case, any reviewer feels that it is not
possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated
time then the same must be communicated to the editors, so that the same
could be sent to any other reviewer;
- 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.
- The Authors should submit papers only on work
that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that
complies with all relevant legislation;
- The Authors present
their results clearly, honestly,
and without fabrication, falsification or
inappropriate data manipulation;
- The Authors should endeavor to describe their
methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed
- The Authors should adhere to publication
requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has
not been published elsewhere;
- The Authors must certify that the manuscript
is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere;
- The Authors should ensure that they have
written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work
and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited;
- The Authors should take collective
responsibility for submitted and published work;
- A paper should contain sufficient detail and
references to permit others to replicate the work. Duplicitous or
expressively inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are
- Proper acknowledgment of the work of others
must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been
influential in determining the nature of the reported work;
- The Authors should ensure that the authorship
accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its
reporting; and where there are others who have participated in certain
substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged;
- The Authors should disclose relevant funding
sources and any existing or potential conflicts of interest. All sources
of financial support for the project should be disclosed;
- When an author discovers a significant error
or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation
to promptly notify the journal editors and the editor to retract or
correct the paper.