In addition to the duties, like constantly improving the quality and integrity of the Journal, striving to needs of authors and readers, encouraging academic arguments, the editors accept obligation to apply best practice to cope with the following responsibilities:
Editorial board will be generated from renowned experts in the field. The editor will provide names and affiliations of the members as well as updated contact information for the editorial office on the journal webpage, for communication.
The editor should be responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the editorial board and legal requirements, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other members in making this decision.
Peer review process
All contents should be subjected to peer-review. Articles are sent to expert/s in the field of the paper. Referees of papers are unknown to each other. Referees are asked to classify the paper as publishable, publishable with modifications, or not publishable. Referees’ comments are sent to the author, if required.Editors should be ready to justify any deviation from this described process. Editor/s should not reverse decisions on publication unless serious problems are identified.
Editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, nationality, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors’ decision to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper´s significance, originality and lucidity, and applicability of thestudy to the purpose of journal.
Editorial board must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. Editors will ensure that material submitted remains confidential while under review.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the permission of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain. Editors should recuse themselves,and should ask other members of the editorial board instead to review and consider, from considering 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.
Procedures for dealing with unethical behaviour
There is a strict policy to respond to unethical practices even it is brought to notice after a considerable passage of time since publication. Such practice may be singled out by any person and the editor and the publisher, on receipt of such allegation will verify the matter with reference to substantive evidence. Following steps will be taken in response to complaints received:
- A meeting of the Editorial Board will be convened where the complaint will be deliberated with reference to the evidences furnished by the complainer.
- The author of the manuscript will be contacted with details of the complaint related to misconduct and/or malpractice and explanations will be invited.
- The reviewer will be intimated the details of possible malpractice and/or compromise in ethical standards.
- Relevant institutions, research bodies or any other person making the complaint will be communicated in regular intervals regarding the progress and decision related to the complaint.
- A formal notification will be published detailing the decision of the Editorial Board which will be forwarded to the author’s or reviewer’s Head of institution or funding agency.
- The paper will be withdrawn from publication in the journal with an imposition of formal embargo on contributions for the stipulated period decided by the Board.