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Journal Publishing Policy

The Research Publisher executive editorial board is responsible for all major policies with regard to editorial processes and publishing ethics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring/safeguarding publishing ethics by editorial board
  • Establish guidelines for retracting articles, and publish corrections, clarifications and retractions when needed
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic record
  • Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards

Authorship and Author's Responsibilities

An author is someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a study that meets all of the following four criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement 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.

Individuals who meet fewer than all 4 of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but should be acknowledged as contributors. Examples of activities that alone (without other contributions) do not qualify a contributor for authorship are acquisition of funding; general supervision of a research group or general administrative support; and writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading.

With the credit that comes with the authorship of a publish research, an author assumes the commensurate responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Agree to participate in peer review process
  • Ensure that all data utilized in the research study are real and authentic
  • Obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes
  • No plagiarism and no fraudulent data
  • Not to publish the same research in more than one journal

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). Disclosure of conflict of interest is critical in ensuring the creditability of research results for publication. Researchers should not enter into agreements that interfere with their access to all of the data and their ability to analyze them independently, and to prepare and publish manuscripts.

Authors

ResearchPublisher requires authors to file a Conflict of Interest (COI) statement with each submission. The CI statement describes the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. Authors are required to explicitly state funding sources and whether the organization that funded the research participated in the collection and analysis of data and interpretation and reporting of results. By filing CI statement with each submission, authors take full and complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Reviewers

ResearchPublisher (RP) requires reviewers to file a CI statement with each peer review they submit. If COI exists, reviewers are removed from the review process. As a general practice, RP editors avoid selecting reviewers from the same institution as the authors, unless the institution is so large that authors and reviewers are not working colleagues.

Editors

As a condition to associated with a RP affiliated journal, editors of all ResearchPublisher journals have agreed not make any editorial decisions or be involved in the editorial process if they have or a close family member has a COI (financial or otherwise) in a particular manuscript submitted to their journal. Editors agree to remove themselves from the decision-making process, if they have political/religious COI or personal COI with respect to the authors or their work. When editors submit their own work to their journal, a colleague in the editorial office will manage the manuscript and the editor/author shall recuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.

Peer Review

All papers published in Research Publisher journals undergo thorough peer review. Editor-in-Chief of each individual journal publishes and manages the peer review policies and review forms. While RP journals may differ in their peer review processes, but typically RP papers are reviewed by at least two independent peer reviewers. In additional to specific review processes used by individual RP journals, reviewer in general follows the following guidelines:

  • Abide by confidentiality and maintain objectivity of reviewed articles
  • Recuse from reviewing process should conflict of interest arise with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders
  • Point out relevant published work which is not yet cited

Editorial Policy

Editorial Board members of Research Publisher journals are appointed by the publisher and Editor-in-Chief and are renewable upon mutual agreement. Editorial Board members typically do not sit on editorial boards of competing journals during their term, but exceptions are reviewed on case by case basis. Editorial board members should be active and respected members of the scientific community.

Main responsibilities of editorial board members are the following:

  • Participate and improve editorial process to ensure publishing of high-quality work in ResearchPublisher journals
  • Guide papers through peer-review process and provide expert advice in respective are of expertise
  • Recommend rejection/acceptance of manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will have the final decision on rejection/acceptance of the submitted manuscripts
  • Have no conflict of interest with respect to articles under consideration
  • Promptly publish correction or retraction when errors are found

Ethics and Informed Consent for Publications

Research that involves humans is subject to regulation. Applicable regulations include requirements for adherence to Institutional Reviewing Board (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_review_board) approved research protocols, maintenance of documentation and records, obtaining approval prior to initiation of changes, and reporting of adverse events. Authors are responsible for identifying all applicable regulations and complying with them.

Submissions to Research Publisher journals involving human subject must accompanying a statement detailing the approval of relevant ethics committee, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript (including the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption). Manuscripts will be rejected without accompanying ethics statement or when managing editors deem the research has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.

Confidentiality

Research Publisher editors and reviewers treat all manuscripts submitted in confidence, and ResearchPublisher will share manuscripts with third parties outside ResearchPublisher. Manuscripts may be shared with other editors of ResearchPublisher journals, unless authors indicate on submission that they do not wish for their manuscript to be passed on beyond the journal they submitted to.

Copyright

Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in ResearchPublisher journals, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. While the advice and information ResearchPublisher journals are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor Research Publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. Research Publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein any submissions.

Manuscript Guidelines and Submission

Manuscripts submitted to the Research Publisher must strictly follow RP template.

Word Template is available here: template_rp.doc

Endnote reference style is available here: rp.ens

Please send us a PDF file either via email or online submission system. Please visit Author Guidelines page of individual journal for details.

Publication Fee

Our journals are open access to all the readers around the world, and we charge publication fees to cover operational costs such as peer review and copy editing. Author publication charges vary by journals at ResearchPub, where some journals charge norminal fees while others waive fees all together. Please visit Author Guidelines page of individual journal for journal specific fee policy. The payment method will be notified by the receiving journal's Editor-in-Chief after your submission is accepted. Publication fee is waived fully or partially for outstanding papers, as determined by journal Editors-in-Chief.