Code of Publishing Ethics
Integrated Publishing Association aims to be a main channel of data communication, sharing of ideas and information to the scientific researching community and also to the society at large. It is mandatory for us to follow certain code of ethics and it is advices to adhere strictly to the following code of ethics which will enhance the quality of the published works heavily. This currently written code of ethics is focusing to provide guidance on the proper behaviour of editors, authors and reviewers in the process of scientific publication in any book or journal published by IPA
Authors and Co-authors
Authors are advised to follow the following code of ethics strictly
Submit manuscripts which are their original works or of the work they are associated with during their tenure.
Submitted manuscripts should contain original and new results, data, and their ideas, which are not submitted for publishing to other publications or published elsewhere.
Fabrication of data and results, intellectual property theft and plagiarism are highly unacceptable, it is beyond the ethics of an author.Information obtained via various media should be provided in the manuscript only with prior permission from the owner of the source of information or data.
They should properly cite the work they are referring, authors are advised to cross check the reference before submission of manuscript.
They may not promote in any form via any media to get their works published.No article should have an author who is not directly involved in the work for any means or reasons.
Authors and co-authors are requested to review and ensure the accuracy and validity of all the results prior to submission.Any potential conflict of interest should be informed to the editor in advance.Authors are bound by the Creative Commons licensing policy of publication.
All authors are requested to submit the copyright transfer form without failure once they receive the acceptance of their article for publication.
IPA committee is responsible for the proper conduct of the association and journal system, they are adhered with the moral responsibility of supporting the researchers to publish their works.
IPA operates in not-for-profit mode, committee members are advised to check their availability for reviewing, acting as editor by checking their own schedule.Committee members of IPA should adhere to the publication policy of the journal system without fail.
The term editor is a common terminology used to refer Chief Editor of any journal, Content editor, Subject Editor and Editorial board members.
Editors of the IPA are insisted to have full responsibility for editorial and technical decisions of the journal.
Any editor or office bearer should not intervene or give comment on any editorial decisions taken on any manuscript by the concerned editor.Editors are requested to give unbiased considerations for the articles submitted.
IPA aims for rapid publication, editors are advised to process the manuscripts promptly and diligently.
Editors are the sole responsible persons for the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript, it may be subjected to peer review but the final decision is bound to the concerned editor.
Any decision taken or matter of concern about a submitted article should not be revealed to anyone by an editor.If one of the editor is willing to publish an article the article should be processed by another editor.
Editor should refrain from using the information, data, theories, or interpretations of any submitted manuscript in her/his own work until that manuscript is in press
Reviewers are the main members contributing for the benefit of the journal being a peer reviewed (blind referee) journal they are insisted not to disclose their identity in any form.
A reviewer should immediately decline to review an article submitted if he/she feels that the article is technically unqualified or if the timely review cannot be done by him/her or if the article has a conflict of interest.
All submissions should be treated as confidential, editorial approval might be given for any outside persons advice received.
No reviewer should pass on the article submitted to him/her for review to another reviewer in his own concern, it should be declined immediately.
Reviewers being the base of the whole quality process should ensure that the articles published should be of high quality and original work. He may inform the editor if he finds the article submitted to him for review is under consideration in any other publication to his/her knowledge.
What should be checked while reviewing an article ?
There are no hard and fast rules to analyse an article, this can be done on case to case basis considering the worthiness, quality, and originality of the article submitted. In general cases the following may be checked in a review
- Structure of the article submitted and its relevance to author guidelines
- Purpose and Objective of the article
- Method of using transitions in the article
- Introduction given and the conclusion/ suggestions provided
- References provided to substantiate the content
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Plagiarism issues
- Suitability of the article to the need
A reviewers comment decides the acceptance or rejection of an article and they are one major element in a peer review process. All our reviewers are requested to go through the articles submitted to them for review in detail and give the review comments without any bias which will increase the quality of our journals.
Breach of Code
Being an association dedicated for the researcher fraternity, we all should ensure that the code of ethics formed is followed in all possible ways. Being a not-for-profit body it is the internal responsibility of a person whom should have to follow the codes, there is no enforcement to follow.
Chief editor of any journal or IPA committee members are entitled to take action against an individual if they found to be violating the code.
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