Publication ethics and malpractice statement of RB Science journals has been adapted from the guidelines provided by International Committee for Medical Journal Editor (ICMJE) http://www.icmje.org/
One of the major problems associated with publication of articles in journals is plagiarism. Plagiarism may be related to exact copying of the content provided by other authors or it may be in the form of forging of misleading results/data of some previously published work with slight modifications in the language, without acknowledging the original source.
Plagiarism may be accidental or intentional. If the author is able to justify the reason of an accidental case of plagiarism, a way can be figured out to help the author come out of his problem of plagiarism. At RB Science, we strongly discourage plagiarism of any kind. We use plagiarism check tools to detect any sort of plagiarism and on the basis of reviewer comments and after receiving the copyright and declaration form duly signed by all the authors the manuscript is published in the journal.
In case, any issue of plagiarism is brought to RB Science along with evidence, following steps would be taken:
After consulting the respective Editorial Board team, authors guilty of plagiarism will be debarred from publishing their papers in future.
Heads of the Institutes of the offending authors will be intimated of such case of plagiarism.
Such incidents of plagiarism will be publicized through journal in consultation with the respective Editorial Board team.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
Authors publishing results from in vivo experiments involving animals or humans should state whether due permission for conduction of these experiments was obtained, from the relevant ethics committees, in the Materials and Methods section. In addition, authors wishing to publish research work involving human studies should also send a notary verified letter of approval from the Ethics Committee or the Institutional Review Board.
Conflict of interest: International committee of medical journals editors visit http://www.icmje.org/ethical_4conflicts.html
Authors submitting a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, they are responsible for disclosing all conflicts of interest related to:Individual Authors' Commitments, Project Support, Commitments of Editors, Journal Staff, or Reviewers.
Authors should do so in the manuscript on a conflict-of-interest notification page that follows the manuscript, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript.
An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
To promote and encourage policies regarding journals ethics, authorship, editorial independence, conflict of interest, research funding, review system and process.
To publish corrections, clarification, retractions whenever required, publication should be done on
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RB Science journals are open access journals, free to access, read and print. There is no pay-per-view, pay-per-print fee for the published articles. There are no editorial/peer review charges being solicited from the authors. However, the journal charges minimum amount towards author registration (on accepted article, after peer review) for publishing and maintaining the content online, outsourcing facilities, tools and resources towards publication of the article. For details of the fee of various journals published by RB Science, please visit their respective websites.