Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
BIOCHEPHY: Journal of Science Education is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal. This statement clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the editorial board, editors, authors, peer reviewers, and the publisher (MO.RI Publishing). This statement is based on COPE's best practice guidelines for editors of journals.
Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed BIOCHEPHY is an essential element in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It directly reflects the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. The peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree on the ethical behavior standards expected of all parties involved in the publication act: the author, the editor of the journal, the reviewer, the publisher, and the society.
MO.RI Publishing as the publisher of BIOCHEPHY: Journal of Science Education takes the supervisory duties on all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprinting, or other commercial revenues have no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the publisher and the editorial board will help to communicate with other journals as well as publishers if it is useful and necessary.
The editors of the BIOCHEPHY: Journal of Science Education are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance for researchers and readers must always lead to such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the editorial board of the journal and constrained by the legal requirements that will then apply in respect of defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. In making the decision, the editors may confer with other editors or reviewers.
1. Fair play
Editors evaluate manuscripts only based on their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial team shall not disclose any information on a manuscript submitted to anyone other than the authors, reviewers, prospective reviewers, other editorial advisors and the publisher, as the case may be.
3. Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in any form of an editor’s own research without the written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions
The peer review helps the editor make editorial decisions. It can also help the author to improve the paper, through editorial communications with the author.
Any chosen referee who does not feel qualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that he/she would not be able to review on time should inform the editor and apologize for the review process.
All manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be presented or discussed with others unless authorized by the editor.
Reviews must be carried out objectively. The personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees must clearly articulate their points of view with supporting arguments.
5. Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. Any statement containing an observation, derivation, or argument that had been previously reported should be presented with the relevant citation. A reviewer should also draw the editor’s attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published document of which they have personal knowledge.
6. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Insider information or ideas obtained through peer review should be kept confidential and not used for personal purposes. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest arising from competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with the authors, corporations, or institutions related to the manuscripts.
Duties of Authors
1. Reporting Standards
Authors of original research reports must provide an accurate account of the work done and an objective discussion of its importance. The underlying data must be accurately represented in the manuscript. A manuscript should contain enough details and references to allow others to reproduce the work. Fraudulent or knowingly incorrect statements are unethical and unacceptable.
2. Data Access and Retention
The authors should give the public access to raw data (if any) in relation to the editorial review. This data should be retained even for a necessary time after publication.
3. Originality and Plagiarism
Authors must guarantee that their works are entirely original and any citations for other works and/or words in the manuscript have been properly done.
4. Multiple, Redundant or Simultaneous Publication
An author should generally not publish manuscripts containing essentially the same results in more than one primary journal or publication. Simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal is considered unethical and unacceptable.
5. Recognition of Sources
Appropriate recognition of the work of others must always be given. Authors must cite publications that have influenced the nature of the work reported.
Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the reported research results. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. If there are others involved in some of the substantive aspects of the research project, then they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the manuscript and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to the submission for publication.
7. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors must disclose in their manuscripts any financial or other conflicts of interest that could be interpreted as having an influence on the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
8. Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's duty to promptly inform the editor or publisher of the journal and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.