PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

PUBLICATION ETHICS

The Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology Research is committed to the academic and scholarly community and therefore intentions to publish original work in the best possible form and to the best possible standards.

Articles submitted for publication are double-blind peer-reviewed. That is mean: Reviewers are not aware of the identity of the authors and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the process of publishing (authors, editors, peer reviewers, publisher). The JMBR ethic statements are based on the guidelines and standards developed and published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editors

  • The JMBR editor is in authority to decide which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
  • The JMBR editor will accept and evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without considering the race, gender, nationality, ethics origin, political philosophy, religious belief or sexual orientation of the submitting authors.
  • Editors must not disclose or reveal any information about a submitted article to anyone other than stakeholders.
  • Unpublished manuscripts or materials must not be used in any form for any purpose.

Authors

  • Authors have to attest and declare that paper is their own, original and unpublished work.
  • Authors have to give written assurance that the manuscript it has not been copied or plagiarised (in whole or in part); a paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work; any used information resources (phrases, data, images) must be appropriately cited or quoted.
  • Authorship given in the manuscript should be limited to those who have made an actual and significant contribution to the manuscript content. All those who made significant contribution should be listed as co-authors
  • Affiliation (all authors/co-authors) and corresponding address (main author) must be clearly identified while submitting the paper.
  • In case, an authors discovers or finds a significant error or inaccuracy in own published work, it is the duty of author to promptly notify the Publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the published paper.

Reviewers

  • The manuscripts which have been received for review purpose should be treated as confidential documents by the reviewers.
  • Privileged information/ideas obtained by reviewers through peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • Personal criticism of the author is unsuitable, review should be conducted objectively.
  • All suggestions and comments should be followed with supporting arguments.
 

Malpractice Statement

Ethical standards

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas. JMBR abides by Code of Conduct of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

Duplicate Submission

Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

Citation Manipulation

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 sanctions. 

Data Fabrication and Falsification

Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.

Improper Author Contribution or Attribution

All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.

Redundant Publications

Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles.