Journal Process Policy Transparency

Authorship Policy

Author can submit following types of article are for publication i. Review articles, ii. Original Research articles, iii. Short Communications iv. Letter to Editors, v. Preliminary reports, vi. Reviews of scientific meetings, vii. Case Reports and Case Series.

The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation. Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work. The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed. Laboratory and clinical research should be driven by protocol.

Pilot studies should have a written rationale. Early agreement on the precise roles of the contributors and collaborators, and on matters of authorship and publication, has been advised. Statistical issues should be considered early in study design, including power calculations, to ensure there are neither too few nor too many participants.

Formal and documented ethical approval from an appropriately constituted research ethics committee is required for all studies involving people, medical records, and anonymised human tissues.  Fully informed consent should always be sought. It may not always be possible, however, and in such circumstances, an appropriately constituted research ethics committee should decide if this is ethically acceptable. When participants are unable to give fully informed consent, research should follow international guidelines, such as those of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

Animal experiments require full compliance with local, national, ethical, and regulatory principles, and local licensing arrangements. International standards vary.

Formal supervision, usually the responsibility of the principal investigator, should be provided for all research projects: this must include quality control, and the frequent review and long term retention (may be up to 15 years) of all records and primary outputs.

Conflict of Interest, where relevant, must be declared to editors by researchers, authors, and reviewers. Editors should also disclose relevant conflicts of interest to their readers. If in doubt, disclose. Sometimes editors may need to withdraw from the review and selection process for the relevant submission. All original studies will have been peer reviewed before publication, taking into full account possible Suggestions from authors as to who might act as reviewers are often useful, but there should be no obligation on editors to use those suggested.

The duty of confidentiality in the assessment of a manuscript will have been maintained by expert reviewers, and this extends to reviewers’ colleagues who may be asked (with the editor’s permission) to give opinions on specific section.

Editorship Policy

Author will be asked to select a subject area, in order to ensure the appropriate editorial team reviews the article. Then manuscripts will be subjected to editorial checks, and only if it has a high impact will be subjected to peer review. Then based on comments of Reviewer and Editor, decision regarding the paper will be taken.

Review Policy

Initial review – The Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editors reviews each submission to determine whether the topic is in scope of the journal, the structure complies with main Journal requirements to warrant further consideration and peer review.

Peer review – If the submission is considered for expert review, it will be reviewed by experts in the journal’s Editorial Board or other experts in fields specifically matching the manuscript’s topic. Minimum three peer reviewers evaluate each submission within 3 weeks. Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: – Is original – Is methodologically sound – Follows appropriate ethical guidelines – Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions – Correctly references previous relevant work. Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

Final decision -Using peer reviews and Editor judgment, the editor is making the final decision:

  • Accepted: When the manuscript is of high credentialty with high novelty and strong practical implications, Manuscript will be considered as Accepted in its current form
  • Revisions Required (Minor or Major): The manuscript requires some revisions before it can be accepted.
  • Reject: Publication is declined and the reviewers’ comments are provided to the authors.

Manuscript revision – Accepted manuscripts should be revisied at the latest within 20 days for accepted with minor revision and 30 days for accepted with major revision.

Proofs – Proofs will be sent only to corresponding author, they should be corrected and returned within 5 days. Typographical errors introduced by the editorial office can be corrected.

Publication Policy
It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Individual papers can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the “current” volume’s table of contents. Before the final publication of the papers, Conflict of interest statement, Copyright form and Funding information has been collected from the authors.
Post-Publication Policy
 SPR Journal allows the debate on post publication either on their site, through letters to the editor, or by Email to the Editor in Chief. Editor must have mechanisms for correcting, revising or retracting articles after publication. Editors and Editorial Board members assess all such cases on their individual merits. When plagiarism becomes evident post-publication, we may correct or retract the original publication depending on the degree of plagiarism, context within the published article and its impact on the overall integrity of the published study.
 

Research Misconduct Policy and  Content Falsification Policy

SPR takes issues of research misconduct very seriously. Types of misconduct include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, duplication, fabrication or falsification of data (incl. image manipulation), authorship fraud and manipulation of the peer review process. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies. Likewise, in the event that there is evidence of fraudulent activity a submitted or published paper, SPR reserves the right to inform the relevant institutions
Plagiarism Identification Policy

The journal follows a strict policy against plagiarism and follows the guidelines dictated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. All the submitted manuscripts for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review.

Citation Falsification Policy

If the submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation penalty. The penalty includes the

  • Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript.
  • Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by SPR by any of the authors of the infringing manuscript.
  • Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to SPR, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors. This prohibition will be imposed for a minimum of 2 years.
Protection of Patinets’ Right to Policy

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients’ names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

1) Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.

2) If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.

Financial Policy Transparency

SPR is the Peer Reviewed International Journal, for each accepted manuscript by the Editorial Board, the Author Don’t need to pay any Amount for the Publication Fee i.e there is No Publication charges for publishing the Paper in SPR. Free Electronic Version (PDF): The authors may download the papers from the journal website, or will be provided with the PDF version of the article via e-mail.

Copyright and Licensing Policy

The entire contents of the Science Progress and Research journal are protected under international copyrights. The Journal, however, grants to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, perform and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any reasonable non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. 


Repository Policy

Sciences Progress and Research allows authors the use of the final published version of an article or edited collection chapter (publisher pdf) for self-archiving (author’s personal website) and/or archiving in an institutional repository (on a non-profit server) after an embargo period of 12 months after publication. The published source must be acknowledged. For articles, a link to the journal home page or articles’ DOI must be set. For chapters, a link to the volume’s dedicated book page must be set.

Authors MAY NOT self-archive their articles in public and/or commercial subject based repositories.

 

Entire volumes (publisher pdf) may be uploaded to institutional universities when required after an embargo period of 24 months after publication.

 

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