To ensure the integrity of research manuscripts and the publishing process, JISTaP strenuously investigates allegations of publication misconduct, both before and after publication. If malpractice is discovered at any time, even after the publication, JISTaP will take appropriate actions, such as issuing a correction or retraction, to ensure conformance to the ethical standards.
Authors must comply with best practices in publication ethics, specifically with regard to authorship, duplicate submission, originality and plagiarism, acknowledgement of sources, fabrication, digital image manipulation, competing financial interests, disclosure and conflicts of interest, hazards to human or animal subjects, and fundamental errors in published works. In addition, authors should present their work with sufficient detail and references in a clear and objective manner so that replication of the research is possible.
Editors must treat manuscripts in confidence, ensure a fair and unbiased peer review of manuscripts for publication, and declare any competing interests. They must guard the integrity of the publication by pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct and issuing corrections and retractions when needed. Editors should also follow rigorous editorial policies that not only promote the transparency and objectivity of peer review but also prevent reviewer and editorial misconduct.
Reviewers must contribute to editorial decision-making with standards of objectivity, promptness and confidentiality. Any invited reviewer with conflicting interests or lack of expertise regarding the manuscript to be refereed should notify the editor and excuse himself or herself from the review process. The review, conducted in a comprehensive and objective manner, should be reported with clearly stated observations with supporting evidences that can facilitate the editor’s decision making process as well as help authors to improve their manuscripts.
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