Author(s) who are submitting the manuscript should be aware of their responsibilities which include, but not limited to, the following –
- All authors are collectively responsible for the content of the work submitted for consideration of publication. It is also a collective responsibility of all authors to ensure to check the publication for correctness through all stages of publication to ensure that the methods, results and conclusions are reported accurately as intended.
- Author(s) should proof read and check all the calculations, formulae, data presentation/interpretations, typesetting and correctness of typescripts during submission/revision(s), reviewing and galley proofing (post-acceptance, if accepted).
- Use appropriate methods of data analysis and display is completely the responsibility of all authors; and, if any specialist advice is used, he/she should be appropriately acknowledged (either through an authorship or by acknowledging the person in the acknowledgement section) as deemed appropriate by the author(s).
- Images (e.g. micrographs, X-rays, pictures of electrophoresis gels) should not be modified in any misleading way; and, only the original images as produced during the investigation(s) shall only be used for the purpose of research publication.
- Author(s) should alert the editor promptly, if they discover an error in any submitted, accepted or published manuscript.
- Author(s) should cite only relevant references which they have read; and, must not quote any reference(s) from other publications if they have not read the cited work.
- Author(s) must not use acknowledgements misleadingly to imply a contribution or endorsement by individuals who have not, in fact, been involved with the work or given an endorsement.
- It is the responsibility of author(s), especially the Corresponding Author, that the authorships of the submitted manuscript accurately reflect an individual’s contribution. Author(s) must refrain from the practices of guest, gift, and/or ghost authorship.
- Author(s) should obtain permission from the original copyright holder(s) for reproduction of any figure(s)/table(s)/diagram(s) and appropriately reference/acknowledge in the text of the work intended for publication.
- It is author(s) responsibility to ensure due and proper acknowledgement of any funding received both in the text of the MS as well at appropriate place during the online submission.
- Author(s) should duly obtain any institutional/organizational permission required before submitting the MS. Journal shall not be responsible in any way for any act of omission or commission in this regard.
(Most of the contents in this section are sourced and modified from the – Responsible research publication: International standards for authors ‘A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity’, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010).