Publication Policies and Ethics

Open Access and Copyright

All accepted articles by Scientific Archives will be Open Access under the terms of Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 NC license. Under these terms, the readers of the article will have unrestricted access to the article. They can use, distribute, and reproduce in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited except for commercial uses. Users can contact the editorial office and obtain permissions to use the published material(s) for commercial purposes. The author(s) of the respective article retains copyright, but the content is free to download, distribute, and adapt for commercial or non-commercial purposes, given appropriate attribution to the original article.

Upon submission, the author(s) grants Scientific Archives a license to publish, including to display, store, copy, promote, and reuse the content. No other copyright transfers required to sign by the author(s). Scientific Archives have right to distribute, promote, adapt, circulate the article (or a part) with commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Peer Review

Peer-review process is a fundamental process of evaluation and dissemination of scientific knowledge especially in the publishing sector. Scientific Archives uses single-blinded peer-review process to assess the quality of the submitted articles. All submitted articles will undergo rigorous peer-review process with an exception for editorials and letter-to-the editors.

More details on review policies and guidelines are available at Information for Reviewer’s page.

Publication Ethics

Scientific Archives adheres to the best practice & guidance set by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

COPE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting integrity in research and its publication. The Core Practices (previously known as Code of Conduct) developed by COPE are applicable to all involved in publishing scholarly literature: editors and their journals, publishers, and institutions.

As a part of our commitment, the Scientific Archives follow COPE Core practices especially in dealing with Journal management, Peer review processes, post-publication issues, Allegations of misconduct, Authorship and contributorship, Conflicts of interest, Ethical issues, Intellectual property.

Scientific Archives also acknowledges the ‘Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing’(V4) set by the collaborating venture of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Duplicate Submission and Redundant Publication

Scientific Archives considers articles that are original in intent and have not been previously published. However, pre-prints and acceptable secondary publication are the two exceptions where we are keen to look into.

Author must mention that the submitting article is not under consideration for publication in any other journal. They may submit a withdrawal confirmation if the article has been submitted to a journal previously. Authors whose articles are found to have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere may incur sanctions such as banned from submitting and publishing with us, reporting to the respective institution and/or funding agency, reporting profile to scholarly whistle blowers, etc.

Scientific Archives confers Redundant publication (or salami slicing) as inappropriate division of a single study outcomes into more than one article. These redundant publications will be dealt in according to the guidelines of COPE. They may be rejected or retracted and the respective author(s) will be reported just like duplicate publication.

Scientific Archives recognizes preprints as a draft version of a paper made available online before submission to a journal. Authors can submit their preprints for evaluation and possible publication with the Scientific Archives journals. Please be noted that preprint publication does not assure the journal publication. The peer-review process may change the contents of the article in the final version of publication.

ICMJE mentioned that Secondary publication of material published in other journals or online may be justifiable and beneficial, especially when intended to disseminate important information to the widest possible audience. Scientific Archives encourages secondary publication of materials with a clear intention of disseminating important scientific information to the scientific community.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest can be anything potentially interfering with the peer review, decision making, processing of the article. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)’s definition of conflicts of interest is as follows: “A conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest.”

It is mandatary that all authors, reviewers and members of editorial boards are required to disclose any actual and potential conflicts of interest at submission or upon accepting an editorial or review assignment.

Failure to declare competing interests upon submission can result in the desk-rejection of the manuscript. If editorial office found any undisclosed competing interest by author after publication, certain action will be taken in accordance with internal policies and Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines.

Handing editor, as well as reviewers should disclose potential conflict of interest upon assignment. If the editor or reviewer realized the potential conflict of interest after agreeing to handle/review, they can inform the same to the editorial office and give-up article assignment.

If editorial office recognizes the potential conflict of interest by editor or reviewer after the publication, the editorial office will issue an expression of Concern and investigate the issue thoroughly.