PUBLICATION ETHICS & MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
The Journal of Indian Society of Toxicology (hence forth called as - the JIST) is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformation to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher. For the policies on research and publication ethics those are not stated in these instructions, the guidelines set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) be applied.
- The JIST is a peer-reviewed journal. Therefore, the authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process.
- Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
- 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.
- Changes to authorship (the addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscript) needs to be approved by the Editor-in-Chief after a written confirmation by a corresponding author including the reason the name should be rearranged and all the signature of co-authors.
2. CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST STATEMENT
- All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
3. AUTHENTICITY OF PUBLICATIONS
- Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments.
- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the JIST editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. A corrected section along with citation of the same paper will be notified in the Corrigendum section of the next issue of the JIST.
- The authors should declare in their cover letter/email that their work is entirely original, the data in the paper are genuine and authentic, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, the source to be appropriately acknowledged. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journals concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. The authors must not submit articles to the JIST, describing essentially the same research matter submitted to or published by other journal(s).
- Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable by the JIST.
- Plagiarism in all its forms considered as unethical publishing behavior and would not be accepted by the JIST.
- All submissions made to the JIST will be screened using CrossCheck (a plagiarism screening service powered by iThenticate) before being sent to the reviewers.
5. RESEARCH ETHICS, HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS VIOLATION
- All studies using human or animal subjects submitted to the JIST for publication should include an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section regarding Institute Ethics Committee approval for the study.
- Either a copy of the Informed Consent Form or a written exemption approval should be attached to the manuscript or email to the Editor of the JIST. Manuscript must be accompanied by a statement in the cover letter that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject and according to the above mentioned principles.
- The JIST is concerned and committed to preserve the human and animal rights. Its violations, in any manner would not be accepted when found in research papers submitted to the JIST.
- Any experiment involving human and animal subjects will be published by the JIST only if such research has been conducted in full accordance with ethical principles and guidelines, including the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (version 2008).
6. CLINICAL TRIALS
- The JIST has exclusive guidelines for reporting Randomized controlled trials - should be presented according to the CONSORT guidelines.
- The CONSORT checklist can be found on http://www.consort-statement.org
7. DEALING WITH UNETHICAL PUBLICATION BEHAVIOUR
- If the JIST recognizes unethical publication behavior with sufficient evidence at any point of publication, the editors will investigate the manuscript or published paper and may decide the outcome.
- Depending on the severity of malpractice, the following actions may be taken by the JIST –
The submitted manuscript will be declined for publication and the author(s) will be banned by the JIST for a period not less than five years, unless permitted by the Editor-in-Chief.
Already published paper will be retraction and and the author(s) will be banned by the JIST for a period not less than five years, unless permitted by the Editor-in-Chief.
A warning letter to Corresponding author will be sent through email.
Public notification will be made about the misconduct in editorial section and title homepage.
Notification will be made to the National Research Foundation of the India and that of the country(ies) of author(s).
The JIST is a peer reviewed journal. The manuscripts sent for peer-review must be treated as confidential documents. The privileged information or ideas obtained through peer-review must not be used for personal advantage.
- The reviewers should follow the peer-review Guidelines and format issued by the JIST along with the manuscript to be reviewed. The review must objective and factual. The observations by the reviewer should be made clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving their paper. The JIST solicit additional supporting documents/evidences from the reviewers in support of their critical comments/observations.
- The JIST always encourages a friendly yet critical peer-review process. The reviewers are requested to give positive and impartial comments without hurting the sentiments of any person, caste, creed or religion. Personal comments are seriously viewed by the JIST editorial.
- The JIST permanently bane those reviewers indulging in giving hostile, offensive comments directly or indirectly indicating to the person.
- For serious, critical opinions or comments the reviewers should produce relevant evidence in his/her support.
- Any reviewer selected by the JIST who has a conflict of interest with the research, the authors or the research funders should notify the editor at the earliest, and should keep away from the review process.
For Editors and Publishers
- Editors of the JIST are responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts are accepted for publication and changes in authorship if requested by a corresponding author (need to be approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
- The editors of the JIST are evaluating the manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. The editorial decisions are based on the validation of the work in question and its importance. The JIST editors always protect the anonymity of the reviewers.
- The JIST editors also monitor plagiarism, including screening by a plagiarism detecting software, or no fraudulent data and take reasonable responsive measures such as publication of correction or retraction when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
- The JIST editors remains careful enough not to have any conflict of interest with respect to the manuscripts we accept or reject.
- The JIST editors monitors the publishing ethics including plagiarism, any commercial involvement etc. and always publishes corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed. The editors always provide proper reasons to the authors while retracting their articles, if any retraction is needed.
- Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the editor(s) or the Indian Society of the Toxicology (IST). The JIST editor and the Indian Society of the Toxicology disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material. Neither the JIST nor IST guarantees, warrants, or endorses any product or service advertised in this publication. Neither do we guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such products or services.
Editor, The JIST