Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The journal titled as “Analytical Science & Technology (Anal. Sci. Technol.)” and its Publisher follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. It is expected of authors, reviewers and editors that they follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behavior.
Selected main points are described below. It is recommended that you should always refer to the documents below.
▶ Responsibilities of Authors
Only persons who meet the authorship criteria should be listed as authors in the manuscript. The authorship criteria includes: (i) made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; and (ii) drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication; and (iv) agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
. Any person who made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript but who do not meet the authorship criteria must not be listed as an author, but instead be acknowledged in the "Acknowledgements" section after his/her written permission to be named as been obtained.
Authors should disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. The conflicts of interest include financial ones such as honoraria, grants or funding, membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest, and legal (including licensing) arrangements, as well as non-financial ones such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed.
If the work involves chemicals, biomaterials, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly state these hazards in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were carried out in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines. In addition, authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed.
Authors have duties to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data and clarifications. In the case of a first decision of "minor or major revisions", authors should prepare for the reviewers’ comments systematically and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.
If authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editors or publisher and cooperate with them to correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper.
Once the review process begins (even in the case that the review invitation is declined), the manuscript and its related documents should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others, except for exceptional and specific cases authorized by the Editor-in-Chief. Review should proceed objectively with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is not allowed. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. A reviewer has a responsibility to notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript. Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the authors.
▶ Responsibilities of Editors
Editors and editorial board members will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. Editors and editorial board members will not use or take advantage of unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. In the case that editors have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers, the editors need to request the editorial board to process the manuscript submitted to the other members of the editorial board members.
The editors ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo peer-review by at least two reviewers (three reviewers are recommended) who are expert in the field. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts will be published, on the basis of the quality of the work, its importance, the reviewers’ comments, and its ethical integrity. In no event shall the journal or its editors encourage misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. Editors will take measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior will be carefully investigated, even if it is already published. Based on the investigation result, a correction, retraction, expression of concern or other note as may be relevant, will be published in the journal.