All parties involved in the process of publishing a paper in Journal of Natural Environment Change (i.e. authors, editorial board, and reviewers), should agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. To guarantee high ethical standards, all the parties should commit to these standards described in the following.
a) International Standards for Authors
The editor and editorial board of Journal of Natural Environment Change take the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review process together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, as cases of plagiarism, data falsification, image manipulation, inappropriate authorship credit, and so on are arising, the editor and editorial board of Journal of Natural Environment Change take such publishing ethics issues very seriously.
Authors wishing to publish their papers in Journal of Natural Environment Change are asked to abide to the following rules:
- Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work. Plagiarism, Duplicate, Data Fabrication and Falsification, and Redundant Publications are forbidden. Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source. If plagiarism is detected any time before publication, the manuscript will be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we will publish a correction and retract the paper and put the authors name in our black list.
- Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
- If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, they must ensure that these works and/or words are appropriately cited or quoted and identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscripts.
- 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 Journal of Natural Environment Change editor to retract or correct the paper.
- Authors must notify the editor in chief of any conflicts of interest.
- Authors should present their research findings.
- Republishing content that is not novel is not acceptable (for example, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language) will not be accepted
b) International Standards for Editorial Board
Editor and Editorial Board are required to follow the international standards for Editorial Board:
- They must keep information pertaining to all submitted manuscripts confidential.
- They are responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
- They must strive to meet the needs of readers and authors.
- They must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
- They must strive to constantly improve the journal.
- They must maintain the integrity of the academic record.
- They must disclose any conflicts of interest and preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
- They must always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
c) International Standards for Reviewers
Reviewers are also expected to meet the international standards for reviewers when they accept review invitations.
- Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential.
- Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor in Chief any information that may be a reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
- Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
- Reviewers must objectively evaluate the manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal.
- Reviewers must notify the Editor in Chief of any conflicts of interest.