DUTIES OF AUTHORS
Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding Author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper, without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial 'opinion' works should be identified as such.
Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. They should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and, if the authors have used the work and words of others, this should be appropriately cited or quoted. Data, text, figures or ideas originated by other researchers should be appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Plagiarism Screening Policy
Manuscripts accepted for publication are subjected to plagiarism check through Turnitin plagiarism check software. Authors are expected to conform to the originality expectations of the journal. Once an act of over similarity/plagiarism is detected, authors are informed about the incident and their manuscript is rejected. Authors may be allowed to improve their manuscripts within acceptable limits of similarity.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
The authors must guarantee: (1) that the article has not been published elsewhere; (2) it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and (3) that it has been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of the institution or organization given as the affiliation of the authors. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies the consent of each of the authors.
Suppose data from the article is used, partially or entirely, in other research articles; the data and results represent only part of a bigger research project described in multiple publications. In that case, these must be presented to the Editor.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest in their manuscript that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, grants, or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, the Author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editors or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, the Author should revise promptly.