Scienceline Publication ensures some policies for authors about the publication and distribution of an article. The author, should be aware of policies before the submission of an article. Please read the following policies about Copyright, Article Sharing, Article Withdrawal, Article Retraction, Article Removal and Article Replacement.
The authors sign a copyright declaration form with Scienceline Publication thereby rendering publication and distribution rights. By this agreement, they also retain significant rights to use and share their own published article. All the publisher and authors' rights are mentioned in the form. Scienceline Publication retains unlimited rights to publish and distribute the published article by this agreement. The copyright declaration transfer form covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprint, translation, photographic reproduction, microform, electronic form (online, offline), or any other reproduction of similar nature.
When a paper is published, it will be shared on several platforms that are the most important ones and help the author get more citations, audience, visibility, and reputation and thus promotes the author in his professional career. The following ways will also help the author(s) to promote their work after publication. The author(s) may:
- consider search engine optimization and keywords to help readers to discover your article.
- share the paper on press and social media. A sharing option is available on every page of published articles.
- share the article on your personal website or blog.
- share the article on any indexing database or institutional repository.
Open access agreement
All the Scienceline Journals are Gold Open Access and provide immediate open access to the content (articles) published in the journal, on the principle that making research freely available on the Internet to support a greater global exchange of knowledge. The term "Gold Open Access" refers to open access journals of both large and small publishers that are financed via author fees (APC - Article Processing Charges). The authors are also required to grant Scienceline Journals an exclusive license for open access publication of their article with a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, share, distribution, and reproduction in any platform and medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. In particular, although the website indicates CC BY licensing and copyright remains with authors, articles clearly note copyright is held by the publisher.. For more information about Open Access kindly visit here.
Withdrawal, retraction, removal or replacement of a published article
Scienceline Publication understands the importance of completeness of the scholarly record for researchers and librarians and gives the highest importance to maintaining trust in the authority of its electronic archive. In very occasional cases, it comes necessary to withdraw, retract, remove or replace a published article. Such cases are not taken very lightly. Scienceline Publication follows some strict specific rules and policies mentioned below:
After submission, when the author(s) needs to withdraw their article(s) due to some reasons, the journal editor investigates the matter, the step of the peer-review process, and the reason for withdrawal. All the withdrawal requests within ONE week of submission will be accepted and the manuscript will be deleted from the journal database. In case the author(s) are paid the APC but demands withdrawal of articles in Press (those have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information), the manuscript may be withdrawn from our database but the publication fee will not be refunded. The withdrawal requests because of simultaneous submissions to other journals especially when the article is under peer-review process, will not be accepted. After the peer-reviewing step, the editor processes the withdrawal after investigating the matter. In case of multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, duplication, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, or the like that are determined to violate Scienceline journal publishing ethics guidelines, the article may also be withdrawn from our database. It means that the article content (HTML, XML, and PDF) is removed and replaced with a statement (the article has been withdrawn according to the Scienceline Policy on Article in Press Withdrawal) with a link to the current policy document.
In case of infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, duplication, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like that are determined to violate Scienceline journal publishing ethics guideline, a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication. Scienceline Publication Company will consider retracting a publication if:
- It has clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error);
- The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission, or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication);
- It constitutes plagiarism;
- It reports unethical research.
The following standards for dealing with retractions are adopted based on a number of library and scholarly bodies and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors:
- A retraction note signed by both authors and editor is published in the specific part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list;
- A link is made to the original published article to help the reader see both the retraction note and the article itself;
- A titled “retracted” watermark on the .pdf is added on each page without any change to the original article;
- The HTML, XML, and ePrint version of the document is removed.
Article removal (because of legal limitations)
In a limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database so that the "Title and Authors" will be retained, and only the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons. 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 case, where an article might pose a serious health risk, the author(s) can replace theır article(s) with a correct version. In this case, we will post a notice with a link to the corrected re-published article (plus a history of the document if necessary).
Peer Review Policy
The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards Review Policy and all manuscripts are peer-reviewed following the procedure outlined below.
Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review.
Type of Peer Review
Policy employs double-blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.
How the referee is selected
Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise and our database is constantly being updated.
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: - Is original - Is methodologically sound - Follows appropriate ethical guidelines - Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions - Correctly references previous relevant work.
Language correction is not part of the peer-review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.
How long does the review process take?
The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Should the referee's reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. The Editor's decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually include verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees and may include verbatim comments by the referees.
Editor's Decision is final
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
We are a 'green' publisher, as we allow self-archiving. Further details are given below.
Publishing in a subscription-based journal
By signing the Copyright Transfer Statement, you still retain substantial rights, such as self-archiving:
"Authors may self-archive the author’s accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/ she may not use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on the journal and other Publishing Group’s websites, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on the journal’s website. The link must be provided by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “The final publication is available at link.journalsite.com via https://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI and remove brackets]”."
Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with the author’s accepted version. The final published version (in PDF or HTML/XML format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link should be inserted to the published article on the journal’s website, by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “The final publication is available at Journal Name, via https://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI and remove brackets]”.
When publishing an article in a subscription journal, without open access, authors sign the Copyright Transfer Statement (CTS) which also details Discover Publishing Group’s self-archiving policy.
Publishing in open access
If you publish your article in an open-access model, the final published version can be archived in institutional or funder repositories and can be made publicly accessible immediately.
Statement of Informed Consent
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals , and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number. For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal. Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants. All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
By accessing this web site, downloading, printing, or reading any article published in the Journal, you are stating that you agree to all of the following terms and conditions:
- In no event shall the Journal, its publisher, editors, or anyone involved in the journal be liable to you or any other party on any legal theory, for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary, or any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of any material in this web site or material published in the Journal, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage.
- The content of this web site and the materials published in the journal are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, accuracy, completeness, or absence of errors.
- Statements or methods presented in the articles are those of the authors and do not constitute an endorsement by the editors or the publisher. The information contained in the articles must not be used as medical or any other advice. Nothing in the journal or on this web site shall be deemed to be a recommendation of, endorsement of, or a representation as to a third party's qualifications, services, products, offerings, or any other information or claim.
- The Journal reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change the terms and conditions of this agreement at any time without notice and your access to this website will be deemed to be your acceptance of and agreement to any changed terms and conditions.
Policy of Scienceline's Article Processing Charges
The Scienceline model of high-quality publishing is founded on the principles of open science and sustained by Article Processing Charges (APCs). The average APC across all journal categories and article types, and after discounts and waivers, adjustments for lower-priced article types (e.g., mini reviews), is US$ 130 (€119) in 2021. Scienceline is a debt-free company and is not repaying loans or investments, but as a high-quality open-access publisher, it should pay for journal operations of newly established journals (15%), publication costs (10%), communication (7%), IT & innovation (12%), growth (16%), general & administration expenditure (5%), discounts and waivers (23%), differential article type pricing structure (5%), and general costs, such as membership in international publishing organizations and tax (7%).