ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
Research Publications is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
We are committed to ensuring freedom of expressions. Editorial Board has the
final say in matters related to all aspects of publication and advertising, reprint or other commercial
revenue does not influence editorial
to standards of ethical behaviour is therefore expected of all parties
involved: editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher. Following guidelines
have been developed on the basis of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Editors should be
responsible for everything published in their journals. Their responsibilities
Fair play: Editor’s should take
decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication based only on the paper’s
importance, originality, clarity, and the study’s relevance to the scope of the
Confidentiality: Editors will protect
all information related to manuscript and discuss only with corresponding author, reviewers, and the publisher, if
appropriate, to maintain confidentiality.
of interest: Editor should decline
to edit a manuscript in which they might have personal, financial, political,
academic interest. In such cases, they should ask another member of editorial
board to handle the manuscript.
Editorial decision: All manuscripts
should undergo peer review by at least two reviewers. All decisions must be
taken on the basis of validity, significance, reviewers’
comments, and such legal requirements as are in force regarding libel,
copyright infringement and plagiarism at the time.
Investigations: Editors should
follow the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart when complaints are raised.
They should consider appeals of authors against editorial decisions also.
Authors should follow
the ethical codes of publications. Their duties include:
Originality and plagiarism: Authors must ensure that
the manuscript is their original contribution and has not previously been
published elsewhere. Authors must not use any words/figures/tables from other
works without appropriate citation and permission.
Multiple submissions: Sending manuscript for publication
to more than one publication will be considered unethical behaviour and breach
Authorship: All authors
mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. The
corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors are included on the
manuscript, and all co-authors have approved and agreed upon the final
Conflict of interest: Authors must declare all
sources of funds and conflicts of interest.
Fundamental errors: Authors are obliged to notify
about errors at any point immediately if a significant error is discovered in
manuscript submitted for publication. They should cooperate with editors in the
procedure of retraction or correction.
Reviewers have an
important role in publication. They should:
Confidentiality: Reviewers should
treat any manuscript submitted to them as confidential document, keep all
information obtained through peer review confidential and not use for personal
should provide objective comments and formulate observations clearly with
supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper.
Prompt response: Reviewers should
report promptly if they feel unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript.
Conflict of interest:
should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest
resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or
connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to
should provide citation of relevant published work that has not been cited by
the authors. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial
similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other
manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.