Science Assist International Journals adhere to the principles outlined below, which have been devised to ensure the accuracy, timely, fair and ethical publication of scientific papers. The publisher regularly reviews its editorial policies. It has adopted rigorous and clear guidelines for best working practices in scientific publishing. Such policies will benefit our authors, editors and readers as we strive for a transparent, trustworthy and efficient publishing process. Responsibility for the journal and its policies lies with the Editor in Chief in conjunction with the Publisher; any concerns either regarding specific papers or general policies should be directed to the Executive Editor.
These ethics include the editor following certain rules on relations with authors, readers and reviewers as well as procedures for handling complaints.
All versions of scholarly articles will remain available once published. When multiple versions of the same article are available, the publisher will ensure that these articles are clearly labeled with the date of publication and manuscript number or type.
Editors and reviewers are expected to treat articles they handle confidentially. Editors and reviewers must not disclose information about manuscripts including their content, status in the publishing process, reviewer feedback and final decision to anyone. They should not use knowledge of the work before its publication to further their own interests. Reviewers also have the right to confidentiality; they will remain anonymous to authors and readers and their comments will not be published.
In situations where a reviewer wishes to co-review an article with a junior member of their laboratory, they must abide by the same rules of confidentiality and publishing ethics and be named as a co-reviewer on submission of the review to the journal. Sharing manuscript details with lab members as a whole or with colleagues outside of the lab is not permitted.
• Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient details and references.
• Competing interests might, in some circumstances, be a factor in editorial decisions, but we do not reject papers simply because a conflict has been disclosed. However, failure to provide financial or competing interests disclosures in the original submission may delay its evaluation and review.
• Authors should maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Authors guarantee that all data used in the article are real and authentic. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body, and others who might have an interest, authors should deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
• A Competing Interests disclosure statement will be published at the end of the main text. All authors are required to make a complete disclosure of all possible financial and non-financial relationships and activities, to enable readers to judge for themselves any possible relevance to the work presented. Authors without financial or competing interests should explicitly assert this and the statement ‘ No competing interests declared’ will be published.
• Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
• The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this fact has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal.
• Authors should acknowledge the financial support and help/guidance of others if appropriate.
• Authors should provide the disclaimer if appropriate.
• All co-authors should significantly contribute to the research. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
• Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process.
• Authors should notify promptly the editor if a significant error in their publication is identified, and cooperate with the editor to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where it is deemed necessary.
• Editors have complete responsibility and authority to accept/reject a manuscript.
• Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively based on their academic merit. Editors act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
• Editors accept the paper when reasonably certain.
• Editors must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
• Editors preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
• When errors are found, editors, promote the publication of correction or retraction.
• Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published article.
• Unbiased independent critical assessment has a key place in scholarly publication. Reviewers should declare any association with the authors of a paper. They should also disclose any financial or professional associations that could be perceived as interfering with the objectivity of their scientific assessment of a paper. If a reviewer is unsure whether they should review a paper for reasons of competing interests, they should inform the Editor of the paper or the Editorial Office so that the Editor can decide whether a potential conflict should exclude them.
• Authors can request to exclude reviewers with perceived competing interests from refereeing their paper but are asked to provide additional information to support such a request. The Editors will respect these requests if they do not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of an article.
• Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
• Reports should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any relevant published work which is not yet cited should be pointed out.
• Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
• Referees 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 the papers.
Editors and Editorial Staff
Editors who make final editorial decisions on articles must have no financial, personal or professional involvement with the manuscript under consideration. If a potential bias exists, they should withdraw from handling the paper. Editors will base decisions on the importance of the work and not on its potential effect on the Journal’s commercial success.
Editors are required to disclose any potential competing interests to the publisher, and editorial staff members are not permitted to use information obtained through working with manuscripts for private gain.
Article Withdrawal Policy
The editor can withdraw the articles if any scientific misconduct (duplicate submissions, article published in another journal, bogus claims of authorship, data fabrication, article plagiarism) is noticed. In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
In case of any misconduct detected, Journal holds all rights to disclose the conduct of the authors along with manuscript detail and cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from it.
Withdrawal charges are applicable if authors wish to withdraw their papers at any stage during the review and publication process, they need to pay a withdrawal fee (60% of the actual publication charges). The publisher collects the withdrawal charges to cover the costs incurred for software and tools used for peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining & archiving. However, these charges are not applicable if the authors withdraw the paper within a week from the date of submission.
Article Retraction Policy
If the author wishes to withdraw the paper from a journal, the author needs to submit an “ Article withdrawal Form" signed by all authors (or) the corresponding author of the manuscript stating the reasons for manuscript withdrawal. The form is available from the Editorial Office of the journal. Manuscript Withdrawal Charges
Sometimes, authors send a request mail to withdraw their manuscript after our publication process was over. If the withdrawal did few days before submission, it is easy for us to handle. But if we receive the request very late, i.e. Nearby the publication date, it is very difficult to resolve it. Because withdrawal makes waste our resources and efforts invested for processing the manuscript by editors and reviews and our Journal team editorial staffs.
Hence authors must think twice before submitting their article.
Article Refund Policy
Science Assist International is Open Access Publisher, Thus Article processing charges will not be refunded to authors once paid in case of article withdrawal/retraction/removal, as to publish incurs a lot of cost during the publication process and reverse transactions cannot be processed from the journal side.