Editorial boards are an essential and valuable resource for OA International journals. With their expertise in their respective fields our editors will carry out the peer review process and improvise the content of the journal. Their major contribution should be towards conducting the peer review of manuscripts, make recommendation on the acceptance or rejection of a paper and attract high-quality submissions. Based on COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Following are the guidelines for editors.
We request all journal editors to make every possible effort to adhere to the following ethical guidelines for OA International journal articles that seem worthy of peer review.
- The prime responsibility of the editor is to give unbiased decisions to each manuscript submitted for consideration for publication, and should be judge on its merits, without discriminating race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s). And should make all the necessary efforts for processing submitted manuscript(s) in timely and efficient manner.
- Justify any important deviation from the described peer review process. Editors should require reviewers to disclose any potential conflicts of interests before agreeing to review a submission.
- Journal editors must keep the peer review process confidential; information or correspondence about a manuscript should be kept confidential and not to share information anyone outside of the peer review process.
- Editors should track the performance of the reviewers and make sure they maintain high standards. They should always encourage reviewers to comment on
- ethical questions and possible research and publication misconduct raised by submissions (e.g. unethical research design, inappropriate data manipulation and presentation).
- the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.
- Editors' recommendation to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the peer reviews and their own view on the paper's importance, originality and clarity, the study's validity and its relevance to the scope of the journal.
- Editors have all the rights to reject a submitted manuscript without resort to formal peer review if they consider the manuscript to be inappropriate for the journal and outside its scope.
- It is the due responsibility of the editor to bring the matter OA International, in case he or she come to know that a submitted article is under consideration elsewhere or has already been published. This should be investigated accordingly.
- Editors should not reverse a decision to accept a submission unless serious problems are identified with the submission.
- Any case of suspected misconduct or disputed authorship, Editor should immediately flag this to the Editor-in-chief or the publisher.
- Editor(s) in any case cannot use the data or analysis presented in a submitted manuscript in their own research without authors consent.
- Editors responsibility is to make sure appropriate reviewers are selected for the submitted manuscripts and Should ideally choose at least two independent reviewers to provide a report (the default on Manuscript Central is set to three).
- Editors should use a wide range of sources (not just personal contacts) to identify potential new reviewers (e.g. author suggestions, bibliographic databases) and should cease to use reviewers who consistently produce discourteous, poor quality or late reviews
Complaints & Misconduct
- In case of any misconduct and unethical behavior should immediately brought to the attention of the Editor-in-chief and the publisher. All allegations will be taken seriously until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
- Editorial board members must guarantee prompt responses to the complainants by taking action and correcting the signaled errors.
- Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.