The ACS Journal for Science and Engineering (ACSJSE) Chief-Editor, Editorial board members, Publisher and peer-reviewers involved in the process of publishing an article in this journal follows the COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines and also the Publisher follows the Code of Conduct procedures.
Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication
The Peer-review process is a significant part of the publication process; it will enhance the quality of the published article. An efficient and rigorous review system is followed by ACSJSE. The authors, editorial board members, and publisher of ACSJSE always ensure the accomplishment of ethical behaviour for publishing article in the Journal.
The decision taken by the ACSJSE Chief Editor, Associate and Assistant Editor are final for the article to be published. The selection process is based on the validation of the work, its significance to researchers and readers community and reviewer’s comments. According to the policies of the Journal, all our editorial board members are aware about legal requirements, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
The Editors of the Journal will evaluate the submitted manuscript based on the academic merit, originality and its relevance to the scope of the journal and also it ensures that, there is no consideration of the author's gender, religion, sex, origin, political philosophy, citizenship and affiliating institution.
Chief Editor, Associate and Assistant Editor will not disclose the details about the submitted manuscript and the publication related correspondence will be sent only to corresponding author email. Manuscript Information won’t be disclosed to other persons expect the ACSJSE Journal peer-reviewers and Editorial members.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
ACSJSE Editors and its members won’t use the unpublished information disclosed in the submitted manuscript without getting proper written consent from the author. Confidential information received by editors as a result of managing the manuscript will not to be disclosed and not used for their personal benefit. Editors will avoid manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from collaborative research with any of the authors or institutions linked to the papers; in such case the Editors will ask the other editorial member to handle the manuscript.
Duties of Reviewers
The main responsibilities of reviewers are to provide the fare review about the received manuscript and assist the editorial board members to take decisions. Their main role is to improve the quality of the article being published.
Any chosen reviewers feel incompetence to review the article and not able to provide the review report promptly should notify the Editors and will inform the editor to find an alternative reviewers.
Manuscript received for review should be treated as a highly confidential document, and it must not be disclosed to anyone other than the editor or other authorized person appointed by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews must be conducted fairly and observations found out should be expressed with proper supporting means, so that the authors can utilize that to improve the quality of the manuscript.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify whether any relevant published work was not cited by the authors. Any statement, observation, derivation and figures have been published in previous manuscripts used by the authors in the submitted manuscript should be cited by the author. The reviewer's also notify the editors about the overlap between the submitted manuscript and previously published paper in which they have personal awareness.
Duties of Authors
The authors should present details about the research work performed, outcomes, objective, and its significance. Data handled details should be given appropriately in the article. The article should contain necessary details and references so that other researchers can reproduce or enhance the work. Statements which are inaccurate and furnishing fraudulent data are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Raw data may be asked from the authors for editorial review along with the submitted manuscript and it should be organized to provide the data available to public based on request received from the researchers. The authors should ensure the availability of data for 5 years after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
Authors must confirm that they have written the entire article with their own words about their research work, and it must be properly cited while using other author's work or statements. It is highly unacceptable that the same article sent for different publications and describing almost the same research content in different manuscripts. Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable.
Acknowledgment of Sources
The authors should acknowledge the others' work with proper citations. Also, the Author must cite publications which was influential in finding the nature of the reported work. Authors should provide the funding information.
Authorship of the Paper
Authors who made noteworthy contributions to perform the research work and prepare the article will be listed as co-authors. Apart from authors and co-authors, if somebody shows their participation in substantive aspects of the article will be acknowledged as contributors. The corresponding author's primary duty is to ensure that whether all the co-authors are included in the manuscript. The corresponding author must take care of the approval of the final version from all co-authors and gets their acceptance to submit for the appropriate journal for publication.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
The author must notify in their research paper about the usage of hazardous chemicals, equipment, or unusual procedures involved in their work, and the author must identify it properly in their manuscript.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Any financial or grants availed by the author should be properly disclosed in their article. And also the authors should disclose any other financial or conflicts of interest might be interpreted to influence the results or explication of their research work. So, any source of financial assistance for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
As per our Journal's retract policy, it is the sole responsibility of the authors to notify the editors about the inaccuracy or errors present in his/her published paper. He/she must assist with the editor to retract or correct the published manuscript.
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