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Publication Ethics

American Journal endeavors to ensure that no form of unethical practice or behavior is displayed or carried out by the authors, reviewers or editors.

Ethical policy for authors

Authors are required to:

  • Provide work that is original, unpublished, unduplicated and unplagiarised
  • Adequately acknowledge the materials used or quoted from other sources, using citations, mentions and/or permissions where required
  • Avoid violations or infringements of other authors’ and publishers’ rights
  • Avoid copying data from other sources without acknowledgement
  • Avoid using concocted, untrue or manipulated data or information
  • Use their own data or obtain permission to use data reproduced in their papers
  • Properly acknowledge funding sources
  • Avoid using any material that supports or promotes violence in society
  • Avoid any contact with the editor or reviewers for their work
  • Comply with all other ethical standards in their work and avoid any unethical or immoral conduct.

Ethical policy for Reviewers

Reviewers:

  • Should ensure that the work is original and unpublished
  • Must not make any contact with the author
  • Must maintain confidentiality and must not pass on or divulge any information contained in the work to any individual or organization either for personal gain or to provide any benefit to another person or organization
  • Must maintain impartiality during the review process and must not show any kind of bias in accepting or rejecting work
  • Must be fair and transparent
  • Should comply with all other ethical policies recommended by the committee on publication ethics (cope) --http://publicationethics.org/ and/or the council of science editors (cse) --http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3331.

Ethical policy for editors

Editors:

  • Must ensure that the author complies with all ethical issues and that publication ethics are not violated
  • Must not have any form of contact with the author
  • Must be fair, unbiased, impartial and transparent in accepting or rejecting a paper
  • Must not pass on or divulge any information to any person or institution for personal gain or for the gain of another person or institution
  • Must not pass any information about the reviewers to the authors
  • Must ensure that the reviewers comply to all ethical policies

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