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SciDoc Publishers, follows and believes in the below policies, while publishing their manuscripts, and the policies remains constant, with any journal related.
An 'author' is someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. According to the ICMJE guidelines, to qualify as an author one should have:
- Made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
- Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
- Provided with the final approval of the version to be published.
- Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
- Every effort is taken to publish error-free manuscripts, providing authors with page proofs before publication. The articles may be retracted by their authors or by the editor because of pervasive error or unsubstantiated or irreproducible data.
All of these conditions must be met. To give appropriate credit to each author, the individual contributions of authors should be specified in the manuscript. Each author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. We wish authors to assure us that all authors included on a paper fulfill the criteria of authorship.
- All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section.
- Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed as Collaborators, and their contribution should be described clearly in the contributor ship statement – for example, “served as scientific advisors”, “critically reviewed the study proposal”, “collected data” or “ provided and cared for study patients”.
- A contributor ship statement is required for every manuscript submitted and should outline who has contributed what to the planning, conduct, and reporting of the work described in the article. This should include both authors and contributors.
- Any change in authors after initial submission must be approved by all authors.
Authors should read the “Author Guidelines” while preparing their manuscript and before submission. Authors listed on the manuscript should have met the requirements for Authorship specified above. All authors should approve the final version of the manuscript prior to submission. Once a manuscript is submitted, it is therefore assumed that all the authors have read and given their final approval for the submission of the manuscript.
Some points to be followed:
- Contact information of all authors should be stated on the manuscript. Surname/Other names, affiliation, emails, and phone/fax numbers.
- Declaration of Conflicts of Interest should be stated in the manuscript.
- You can submit your manuscript at: scidoc.org/submission.php
Authors at the time of submission are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships that could influence their work. The corresponding author is solely responsible for collecting the list of potential conflicts of interest from all co-authors and it is required to include it during the manuscript submission.
Reviewers should disclose any conflict of interest and if necessary, decline the review of any manuscript they perceive to have a conflict of interest. Editors should also decline from considering any manuscript that may have conflict of interest. Such manuscripts will be re-assigned to other editors.
Articles will be accepted only if they are considered ethically sound in the judgment of the editor. Authors should include details of animal welfare (such as species, number, gender, age, weight, housing conditions, welfare, training and the fate of the animals at the end of the experiment) and relevant details of steps taken to ameliorate suffering. These details should be included in the Methods section of the article.
The research described in submitted manuscripts that involves the use of human beings, including healthy volunteers, must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki as well as to Title 45, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects, Revised November 13, 2001, effective December 13, 2001. Research involving animals must adhere Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Any possible adverse consequences of the work for ecosystems, populations or individual organisms must be weighed against the possible gains in knowledge and its practical applications.
All submitted manuscripts to SciDoc Publishers journals follows single blinded peer-review processing where the information of the reviewers is hidden from the authors.
Once a manuscript is submitted, it is assigned to one of the eminent Editorial Board members (based on their research expertise) to check the authenticity, novelty and quality of research. The manuscript is evaluated by the respective editor within two days of submission. If the manuscript meets the standards of SciDoc Publishers, further proceeding of the manuscript is carried out. The status of acceptance/rejection will be intimated by the editorial office.
The accepted manuscripts are peer reviewed by the experts assigned by the editor. The time for peer review processing is 14-15 business days.
- If at least two reviewers support and ensure the quality and recommend the manuscript for the publication, the manuscript is processed and published without any changes with editor’s approval.
- If the reviewer suggest for the revision (minor/major) the corresponding author will be notified to make the desirable changes in the manuscript towards publication.
- If more than two reviewers express their disapproval towards the publication, the manuscript will be rejected.
SciDoc is committed to its 21-22 business days of rapid publication process. Only an editor has the authority to “Accept” or “Reject” a manuscript. If a manuscript is “Accepted”, the manuscript is processed for publication.
If a manuscript is rejected, the authors are informed of the decision and no further processing is done on the manuscript.
If a manuscript requires improvement, it is sent to the author(s) with the editor’s recommendation for further revision. The editor makes a final decision on the revised to “Accept” or “Reject” the manuscript.
SciDoc Publishers, only accepts research papers that are original works. Does not accept manuscripts, which has been published or is been considered for publication elsewhere except as brief abstracts. Duplicate publication, falsification, plagiarism, or fabrication will be considered actionable misconduct. Misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.
Article Withdrawal and Retraction in accordance with SciDoc Publishers, clearly states that, proper explanation is required from the author, stating their reason of Withdrawal.
Copyrights of all articles published in SciDoc journals are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work.
All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Authors are permitted for unrestricted use, republish, archive, and distribute their own articles after publication, and undertake to permit others to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon this work non-commercially, provided that the original work and source are properly credited and cited.
The full guidance that applies to the CC-BY license can be found at: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/