Publication ethic & policy

1- Scientific violation definitions

1-1- Plagiarism

Based on the Journal policy the submitted manuscripts must be original. It means that the articles should not be submitted to other journals. Also, the sentences used to write the manuscripts cannot be copied from other published or unpublished articles. If we find a plagiarism case, the authors will be added to the blacklist of the Dorma Journals Publishers; therefore, these authors will not be able to publish articles in all the journals of Dorma Journals Publisher. 

 

1-2- Duplicate Submission

If the journal finds that the manuscript has neeb submitted or published elsewhere the manuscript will be rejected and the manuscript's authors will be added to the publisher's blacklist. If the authors used their data of published article(s) or article(s) that are under review to write a new manuscript, they must be properly cited and shown that what is its novelty exactly.  

 

1-3- Citation Manipulation

If the author(s) cite some unnecessary references to increase the number of a particular author(s) or journal(s) citations, it can be a citation manipulation infraction. In this case, the author(s) will be added to the publisher blacklist. 

 

1-4- Data Fabrication and Falsification

If we find that a manuscript has been written based on the falsified or fabricated experimental data, including the manipulation of images, the author(s) will be added to the publisher blacklist. 

 

1-5- Improper Author Contribution or Attribution

All the authors listed in a manuscript must have a significant scientific contribution to the study from the aidiation to the manuscript writing.  It is necessary to add everyone who has had a significant scientific contribution to the manuscript.

 

2- Punishments

The following punishments will be used when one of the above-mentioned violations is found in a submitted manuscript. 

  • The manuscript will be immediately rejected.
  • The author(s) will be added to the blacklist of the publisher. Its means that the authors(s) will not able to submit any new manuscript to all the publisher journals. This punishment will be continued at least for  36 months.

If the author(s) committed one of the above-mentioned violations in an egregious form, the publisher, the journal reserves the right to impose additional punishments beyond those described above.

 

3- Research involving human participants and/or animals

3-1- Statement of Human Rights

All the manuscripts that have been studied on the human participants, must have a statement to show that the methodology of the study has been approved by a suitable university, institutional, and/or national research ethics committee. This statement illustrates that all of the experiments, interviews, and/or data collections have been done based on the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

  • If there is any doubt that the study has been conducted based on the Helsinki Declaration or equivalent standards, the author(s) must explain the reasons for the applied methodologies, and show that the independent ethics committee in an appropriate university or institute has reviewed their methodology and approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
  • The ethical issue, competing interests, and authors’ contribution must be added in the text before the references section. A sample of each section can be found following: 
    • Ethical issue: Authors are aware of and comply with, best practices in publication ethics specifically with regard to authorship (avoidance of guest authorship), dual submission, manipulation of figures, competing interests, and compliance with policies on research ethics. Authors adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language. Also, all procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted.
    • Competing interests: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest that would prejudice the impartiality of this scientific work.
    • Authors’ contribution: All authors of this study have a complete contribution for data collection, data analyses, and manuscript writing. 
  • For retrospective studies, ethical approval: For this type of study formal consent is not required.

3-2- Statement on the Welfare of Animals

All the studies involved in the experiment on the animals must be based on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or other international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals. Also, the research approval by a research ethics committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted is mandatory. 

  • If the study involved in animals experiments, the below statement must be added to the ethical issue section which is located in the text before the references section: All methodology sued in this study involved the experiments on the animals were conducted based on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or other international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals.
  • If the study has not contained the experiments on human participants or animals, the following statement should be added to the ethical issue section of the manuscript: This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

The journal is used Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines for more complex situations. Several flowcharts have been designed by COPE to help editors follow COPE’s Core Practices and implement its advice when faced with cases of suspected misconduct (click here to find the COPE guidelines).