Editorial Policies

The policies of the journal on plagiarism, open access and how its content may be reused

The policies of the journal on plagiarism, open access and how its content may be reused are in accourding to open access scientific journals. Plagairism in any form is not acceptable to the journal and if such act is brought into the notice of editorial board, a subsequent action may be taken. The journal follows and open access model where are the contents of the journal are freely available and are citable with a proper citation to the original publication. Readers are not charged for getting an access to the published material of the journal. The material published in the journal may be reused in any form for limited academic purpose and with due recognition and citation to the original work.   

Currently, Phcog.Net utilizes plagscan and itheniticate to screen the submissions for possible plagiarism. Articles more than 5-10 % of plagiarized content will be immediately rejected. The articles that are accidentally plagiarised upto 5 % will be sent for further revision.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Policy

Phcog.Net journals observe carefully the policies on publication ethics and Malpractice according to COPE. To ensure the best quality publications and to avoid duplicate publications, Journals asks clearly from the submitting author if the article is submitted solely to its journal and is not considered for publication elsewhere. A distinct copyright form is asked from the authors to be submitted if their article is accepted for publication. This form includes the statement about the originality of the content and proper citation of all referred work. This also makes all the contributing authors responsible for any malpractice related with publication if comes or being brought into the notice of the editorial board.

Retracting the articles:

Journal also has a policy of retracting the published articles if some fallacy is being brought into the notice after its publication.

Post Publication review:

To ensure a fair debate in the peer community, Phcog.Net journals have a policy of having post publication review also. Any comments after the publication of an article are being welcomed and can be published in next issues of the journal as letter to the editor depending upon the merit of the comment.

Conflict of Interest

The conflict of interest statement is required from authors, reviewers and also the editors dealing with a particular article. Editors and reviewers are advised to stay away from decision making of any article they have a potential conflict of interest

Authorship:

Every author enlisted in the author list is supposed to have contributed significantly in designing, executing or drafting the article. A clear statement of this kind is required to be submitted at the time of submission. A form with all the details of contribution to be submitted along with submissions.   

Advertising Policy:

Phcog.Net accepts the advertisements on its pages from the individuals, organizations or institutions who are genuinely promoting Medicinal Plants & Pharmacognosy or allied sciences. The advertisement needs editorial approval based on advertisement policy before consideration.

Policy on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal Rights, and Informed Consent for publications

A conflict of declaration is required from authors, peer reviewers and also from the subject editors while handling a particular article. In case of arrival of any conflict while dealing with an article, reviewers and editors are advised to inform it in advance so that the remedial steps may be taken.

An ethical clearance pertaining to human and animal use in research is compulsory for all experimental or human trial studies. The Editorial board may ask for the digital or scanned copy of the clearance in case it is needed.

Informed consent is essential for all clinical trials, case reports and case series. A clear statement of this intent should be given in all such articles.    

 The role of journal editors in reviewing and approving material that is published

Whenever there is a new submission in Phcog.Net Journals, The editor-in-Chief will assign the specific articles to editors based on the keywords or areas of interest. The editor will further assign suitable reviewers based on relevant keywords. The reviewers will be either selected from existing database or it will be searched via external sources such as Google Scholar, PMC, SCOPUS or any other related database. Reviewers will be selected from the past 2-3 years to avoid late response due to change in email or contact numbers. Once the reviewer agreed to review, the article without author information will be available in reviewers ‘ login. Once the reviewer completes the review process. It will be notified to editors and author for further revision. Upon submission of revised manuscript, it will be again sent back to the reviewers for possible re-review. The entire process will be done via online submission portal from MEDKNOW – www.journalonweb.com

The final recommendation will be made to the editor-in-chief and a decision will be done based on editor and reviewer comments. Once accepted, the article will be processed further for publication.

The process for handling cases requiring corrections, retractions, and editorial expressions of concern

Corrections and corrigendum are published in next issues as early as it is noticed. A serious concern about an article may lead to its retraction. An editorial expression of concern may also be issued for some issues not at par with common belief or not agreeable with common understanding but have a value.  

For more information, on ethical issues viewers are requested to look at  https://publicationethics.org/ which is the official website of COPE.

Phcog.Net adheres to the ethics policy as is recommended by COPE 

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COPE GUIDE

EDITORIAL POLICIES

  • Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that the authors have not violated any ethical practice followed in preparation and publication of biomedical manuscripts. The list practices that are considered unethical are given in the journal website. Author/s is/are responsible for all the statements made in their work and should be willing to defend them publicly, if challenged. Authors should prepare their manuscripts submitted to the journal exactly according to the instructions given. Manuscripts which do not follow the format and style of the journal may be returned to the authors for revision or rejected. The journal reserves the right to make any further formal changes and language corrections necessary in a manuscript accepted for publication. Manuscripts and figures are not returned to the authors, not even upon rejection of the paper.
  • Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
  • Phcog.Net Journals Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS

  • By submitting a manuscript to Phcog.Net Journals, the author(s) warrant that the manuscript is their own, original work and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. They also warrant that the sources of any ideas and/or words in the manuscript that are not their own have been properly attributed through appropriate citations and/or quotes.
  • An author should not normally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in multiple journals or publication venues. Such redundant publication is generally considered to constitute unethical publishing behavior, and if discovered may result in a manuscript under consideration being rejected, or a published article being retracted.
  • Authors of manuscripts reporting on original research should present an accurate account of the work performed, accompanied by an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The fabrication of results and the making of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and may be cause for rejection or retraction of a manuscript or published article.
  • Where the manuscript reports on commercial software, hardware, or other products, authors must include a declaration at the beginning of the manuscript in which they must either state that no conflict of interest exists or describe the nature of any potential conflict. All sources of financial support for the research should also be disclosed in the manuscript.
  • The author(s) of a manuscript agree that if the manuscript is accepted for publication in Phcog.Net Journals, the published article will be copyrighted using a Creative Commons “Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike” license. This license allows the author(s) to retain the copyright, but also allows others to freely copy, distribute, and display the copyrighted work, and derivative works based upon it, under certain specified conditions.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to include any images or artwork for which they do not hold copyright in their articles, or to adapt any such images or artwork for inclusion in their articles. The copyright holder must be made explicitly aware that the image(s) or artwork will be made freely available online as part of the article under a Creative Commons “Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike” license.
  • The authors’ names should be listed on the article in order of their contribution to the article, and all authors take responsibility for their own contributions. Only those individuals who have made a substantive contribution should be listed as authors; those whose contributions are indirect or marginal (e.g., colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the work or provided proofreading assistance, and heads of research institutes/centers/labs) should be named in an “Acknowledgments” section at the end of the article, immediately preceding the Reference List. The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the article, and that all listed co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to its publication.
  • Where an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in an article of his/hers that has been published in Phcog.Net Journals, he/she has an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the article or retract it as appropriate.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS

  • Phcog.Net Journals’s reviewers perform work for the journal on a volunteer basis. Given that most of these individuals are in full-time employment, their reviewing activities for Phcog.Net Journals must, by necessity, not be their top priority. Reviewers are free to decline invitations to review particular manuscripts at their discretion, for example, if their current employment workload and/or other commitments make it prohibitive for them to complete a review in a timely fashion and to do justice to the task in the available timeframe. They should also not accept manuscript review assignments for which they feel unqualified.
  • Reviewers who have accepted manuscript assignments are normally expected to submit their reviews within three weeks. They should recuse themselves from the assignment if it becomes apparent to them at any stage that they do not possess the required expertise to perform the review, or that they may have a potential conflict of interest in performing the review (e.g., one resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, institutions, or companies associated with the manuscript).
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained by reviewers through the peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents, and must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the Editor.
  • When conducting their reviews, reviewers are asked to do so as objectively as possible, refraining from engaging in personal criticism of the author(s). They are encouraged to express their views clearly, explaining and justifying all recommendations made. They should always attempt to provide detailed and constructive feedback to assist the author(s) in improving their work, even if the manuscript is, in their opinion, not publishable.
  • Reviewers should identify in their reviews relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s), together with any instances in which proper attribution of sources has not been provided. They should call to the responsible editor’s attention any major resemblances between a manuscript under consideration and other published articles or papers of which they are aware, as well as any concerns they might have in relation to the ethical acceptability of the research reported in the manuscript.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORS

  • The Editor has ultimate responsibility for deciding if a manuscript submitted to Phcog.Net Journals should be published, and in doing so is guided by the journal’s policies as determined by the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor may consult with the Associate Editor and other members of the editorial team, as well as with reviewers, in making publication decisions.
  • The editors will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). They will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the Phcog.Net Journals' editorial board members, as appropriate. Additionally, the editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the blind review process by not revealing the identity of the author(s) of a manuscript to the reviewers of that manuscript, and vice versa.
  • When evaluating a manuscript for publication, in addition to considering standard criteria pertaining to the rigor of the manuscript, the quality of its presentation, and its contribution to humanity’s stock of knowledge, the editors will also seek evidence that ethical harms have been minimized in the conduct of the reported research. They will question whether the benefits outweigh the harms in the particular study’s case. Since Phcog.Net Journals welcomes the submission of manuscripts from any country, it is necessary to recognize that laws and regulations regarding research ethics and ethical approval vary worldwide. As such, the editors may need to seek clarification in this regard with the author(s) and request that they supply a letter from the relevant institutional ethics committee or board that approved the research.
  • The editors will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing an expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in Phcog.Net Journals. They are committed to working closely with research organizations and institutions in line with COPE’s advice on Cooperation between Research Institutions and Journals on Research Integrity Cases
  • More details on Code of Conduct and guidelines can be found in this link: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines