Publication Ethics

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

Publication ethics and malpractice statement of this journal, adapted from and based on guidelines provided by Committee on publication ethics (COPE). (http://publicationethics.org) and International Committee for Medical Journal Editor (ICMJE) http://www.icmje.org/

Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the publication of research papers, reviews, mini-reviews, Short communications and case studies.

Section A: Author's Responsibilities

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Manuscripts should be written as per instructions provided in Authors Guidelines section and accompanied by a covering letter stating the originality and significance of the submitted manuscripts.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. Numbers of Authors: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study.
  7. If at any point,  the author(s) discovers a  significant error in submitted manuscript,  then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.
  8. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  9. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  10. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
  11. If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Section B: Reviewers' responsibilities

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  5. Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Section C: Editorial Staff’s responsibilities

  1. The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
  2. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
  3. An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  4. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  5. Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Section D: Publisher’s Responsibilities

Maintain Relationship

To maintain the relationship with editors and parties involved in the publication and should support the editorial decisions and should work in the way to achieve the publication goal set by the editor.

Maintain confidentiality

To maintain the confidentiality of author and his/her research work.

Maintain the policies

To promote and encourage policies regarding journals ethics, authorship, editorial independence, conflict of interest, research funding, review system and process.

Corrections, Retractions, Republication, and errors

To publish corrections, clarification, retractions whenever required. Publication should be done on the timely basis to achieve timeliness of publishing schedule of the journal.

Honest errors are a part of science and publishing and require publication of a correction when they are detected. So Correction, Retractions, Republication, and errors are handled as per standards prescribed by IJMJE

What to do in a case of Redundant publication

What to do in a case of suspect plagiarism

What to do in acase of fabricated data

If Changes in authorship 

Corresponding author requests addition of extra author before publication 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04A_Author_Add_Submitted.pdf 

Corresponding author requests removal of author before publication 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04B_Author_Remove_Submitted.pdf 

Request for addition of extra author after publication 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04C_Author_Add_Published.pdf 

Request for removal of author after publication 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04D_Author_Remove_Published.pdf 

Suspected guest, ghost or gift authorship 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04E_Author_Ghost_Guest_Gift.pdf 

Advice on how to spot authorship problems 
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/04F_How_to_spot_author_problems.pdf 

What to do if a reviewer suspects case of undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a submitted manuscript
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/05A_CoI_Submitted.pdf 

What to do if a reader suspects case of undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a published article
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/05B_CoI_Published.pdf 

What to do if case an ethical problem with a submitted manuscript
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/06_Ethics_Submitted.pdf 

What to do if case of reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/07_Reviewer_misconduct.pdf 

How COPE handles complaints against editors
( http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/Flowchart%20Complaints%20revised%20Apr%2012.pdf