Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Global Journal of Research on Medicinal plants & Indigenous medicine (GJRMI)
(Composed in compliance with existing Elsevier policies & COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)

Publication Standards

Submission Standard
The authors submitting reports of original research should make sure that the work represents accurate data with properly defined objectives. The details & citations in the work should be precise & sufficient enough to be replicated by others for further research.
Any inaccuracy (knowingly or unknowingly) in the data would be considered as an Unethical practice and shall not be tolerated by the Journal.

Referencing Style
Authors should make sure that the list of references is in Harvard style as specified in the journal guidelines. It is the author’s responsibilities to cross check the accuracy of citations in the reference section. It should be properly verified and cross checked with citations mentioned within text to match each other. Any deviations from the specification shall be considered worth rejecting the Manuscript from being processed.

Financial & Study Support
Authors should duly acknowledge the financial assistance provided for their research. The name & details of the funding organization be it a grant from Government institutes, Private institutes or the mother organization itself has to be very specifically disclosed & acknowledged.
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been significant in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source.
Similarly, Authors should duly acknowledge the individuals who had considerably helped in the proceedings of the research work. The details of those individuals, scholars or researchers are to be provided in the Acknowledgement along with their designation & the sort of help rendered in the study.

Responsibility of the Authors

Authorship & Conflicts of Interest
All those involved actively in conceptualizing, designing, executing & interpreting the study should be considered as an author & this shall be made sure by the corresponding Author. He shall also make sure that the final version of the manuscript has been verified & approved by all the co-authors and their approval for submission to the Journal in specific. Co-Author will also be responsible for the originality & authenticity of the data presented in the Manuscript.
If an individual’s contribution is relatively of a higher degree, then they should be listed as one of the co-authors after discussions among the other authors. Any conflicts of interest financially or other aspects, if expressed, shall be duly brought to the notice of the Editor-in-Chief and should be resolved & justified according to his/her guidance.
If any individual claims at a later date after publication that his contribution was not acknowledged in the article, or if he was denied authorship, then the Journal shall seek proof from the individual to prove his contribution & if found right, then it shall be considered an unethical behavior.
Authors should be flexible enough to do any corrections in the manuscript suggested by the Reviewers & Editorial board as per their observation during the peer review process.

Raw Data Retention
Authors should retain the original data of research for a reasonable time after publication. Anytime the Journal requires the data for review, the authors should be prepared to submit it with full access to the data.

Fraudulent data & Plagiarism
Plagiarism is stealing & publication of another author’s ideas, thoughts, work, language, expressions etc. & representing it as ones own original work. Copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another author’s paper, without duly acknowledging the original author or his work, claiming results of other’s research as one’s own also accounts to Plagiarism. If such fraudulent data / plagiarism would be detected then the journal would consider it as a serious ethical offense & would not be acceptable.

Concurrent submission in multiple Journals
The journal forbids the author from submitting or publishing the same article in multiple journals in any form. If the author concurrently submits the same article to more than one Journal, then it would be treated as an Unethical publishing behavior. Manuscripts describing essentially the same research published once should not be replicated in any other form in any Journal. Similarly a previously published paper should never be resubmitted to another journal for consideration in any forms and if found so, would not be tolerated by the Journal.

Error in published works
When an author identifies a potential error in his published work, then it is his responsibility to approach the Journal and the Editor to correct the error, retract the article, alter a portion of the article. The author in such instances should extend his full co-operation to the editor to correct these errors.

Ethical clearance:
If a research involves the usage of animals or human subjects, then the authors should promptly state the details of the ethical clearance obtained from the institution, governed by relevant laws of the government of that particular country. A scanned copy of the ethical committee clearance certificate should be sent to the editor during submission or whenever requested.

Peer review & Responsibility of the Referees (Reviewers)

The Peer review process would be a double blind review; neither the author, nor the reviewer knows each other personally.
A Referee / a reviewer should make sure that the article submitted for review should be kept confidential. Referees are not supposed to copy any of the data from the ‘article under review’ for his/her own research work in any forms.
Referees should not have any conflicts of interest towards the research conducted or the funding given for the project.
Before reviewing an article, the referees should have read and understood the “guidelines to the author” from the Journal website. Any clarifications required should be addressed to the editor of the Journal. They should emphasize on the quality of the research / review presented & their evaluation should be objective.
Referees may point out to the authors various other research works (worth citing) which have not been cited yet to improve the quality of the article. Any grammatical errors, technical errors if noticed should also be addressed to the editor or author. Any modifications, corrections, alterations required to be made in the article should be addressed to the author or editor in a polite manner in the form of a written comment with good clarity or could be corrected in the article by using the track changes option.

Responsibility of the Editor

Publication decisions
The editor of GJRMI journal will be authorized and responsible to decide which article is to be published or rejected. The editor shall act based on the policies of the Journal & constrained by legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Editor should not have any conflict of interest with respect to acceptance or rejection of an article.

Non- Partial Approach & Confidentiality
The editor should be unbiased while he evaluates the scientific content of an article and then should decide on accepting or rejecting an article without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. He should accept an article only when he feels that the content is reasonably certain and the researchers or readers would utilize it further. The editor should preserve the anonymity of the reviewers confidentially. Similarly, the details of any submission made shall not be disclosed by the editor. For any serious decision making, however the editor shall disclose the details only to the editorial board members, potential reviewers or fellow editorial staff.

Co-operation for Ethical complaints & Errors in publication
An editor should take responsible measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.
If any errors are found in a previously published article, then editor should promote correcting or retracting the article by communicating the author in this regard.

Publishing ethics
GJRMI will be willing to do corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
GJRMI has its own retraction guidelines, which could be produced by the editor to the author whenever a need arises.
GJRMI will not be compromising on the Intellectual and ethical standards of the Journal for business needs.
If any article published will be found to contain fraudulent content or plagiarized data then GJRMI shall reject the article outright or take necessary measures to retract the article if already published after seeking explanation from the authors.
The publication of an article in Global Journal of Research on Medicinal plants & Indigenous medicine (GJRMI) forms the very basis of building up a knowledge database with scientific accuracy. This will be a direct indication of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and exemplify the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society.

Global Journal of Research on Medicinal plants & Indigenous medicine (GJRMI) published by Chakshushan Publishers, India take its duties of custody over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to make certain that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, Chakshushan Publishers and the Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.