The publication of an article forms the foundation of the development of an academic network. This scientific publication method prompts the parties involved to abide by the ethical guidelines that embody the standard ethical behavior expected out of them. Most of the renowned and acclaimed journals maintain the highest level of standards by providing guidelines for authors, reviewers and the journal editors.
Publishing ethics reflect the quality of the author's work and defines the goodwill of a journal publisher. With an aim to support the associated parties, we have listed some guidelines that they must adhere to while being into the process of journal paper publication.
To begin with, we have the Ethical guidelines for the authors who plan to submit their work to qualified journals:
- Authors must ensure of the work's originality and non-plagiarism
- Accurate representation of the authors with their consent to publication
- Reference sources and publications are appropriately and completely cited
- Work is not published before and is not submitted to more than one journal
- All necessary documentation and approvals from relevant research committee are attached
- Must facilitate access to data files described in the research paper
- Inform about potential conflict of interest
The above points provide insight to the guidelines deemed ethical for the authors. Moving on to the second party involved in the act of publishing- the Peer Reviewers.
- Unbiased, just and fair consideration must be given by the reviewers
- The review process must be kept confidential
- Any information regarding the potential conflict of interest must be declared well in advance
- A comprehensive and evidenced review report must be attached
- Review process must reasonably be accomplished in a timely manner
- Reviewers must stay in constant contact with the editor
- The use of offensive statements must be avoided
With this, we reach the third party in association with this process- the Journal Editors. They must adhere to the following:
- Take unbiased publication decision
- Keep the information and process confidential
- Ensure to publish content of high quality to maintain the reputation of the journal
- Clearly describe the types of articles which are not considered for peer review
- Make thorough investigation in case of any claim for already published work by the reviewer
- Make reasonable efforts to complete the process on time
- Accept paper for peer reviewing only if it is relevant to the scope of the journal
The publishing ethics are the elementary lines upon which the efficient journal publication can be drafted. We have done an effort to assist the scientific community by giving guidelines for all aspects of publishing.