Publishing Ethics (UPI Journals)
UPI strictly follows and supports the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines. UPI will cooperate with the editorial team and author(s) for smooth publication of scientifically sound researches.
Responsibilities of Editors
- Editors have to play a vital role in peer review process of manuscript(s).
- Decide whether the manuscript fall under the scope of journal or not.
- Initial and final decisions on acceptance of manuscript(s) are taken by the Editor(s).
- UPI follows double blind peer review process, hence it is the responsibility of the Editor to maintain the confidentiality of the research before publishing.
- The decisions related to the misconduct, malpractice or any other complaints should be taken by the Editor(s) according to the editorial policies of publisher or journal by the consultation with UPI.
UPI’s policy is smooth publishing of articles, hence, editor’s services are needed upto the post publishing of articles.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
Peer review process is an important step in enhancement of scientific quality of researches, which in turn benefits the entire scientific, technology and management community. UPI’s main objective is ensuring quality of the research which is scientifically sound, therefore, UPI specifies that important characteristics of the research to be considered during the review process of manuscript(s), if any. Hence, reviewer(s) must consider the following characteristics for review of manuscript(s) and suggest the author(s) to enhance the accuracy and quality of the paper to attract the greater audience.
- Scientific quality of the work(s)/study(s).
- Advancement of the research when compared to the existing research.
- Ensure international standards or policies are met, if exist.
- Must specify the comments along with the reason.
- Balance of English language throughout the manuscript.
- Mention the strengths and weakness of work/study.
- Mention the possible suggestions to make the manuscript scientifically sound.
- Quality of figures or images.
- Check whether the format of equations and/or formulas suitable for final production of galley proof. If not suitable, then suggest the possible software for better final production/output of the paper.
- Suggest statistical methods, wherever applicable.
- If supplementary material necessary, then suggest the author(s) to submit the supplementary material(s) of the work(s).
- Check the literature review of the work and compare the references with literature review for suitability.
- Check the title whether it suitable to the objective of the work/research / not.
- Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality and shouldn’t discuss with others except with editorial team.
- Reviewers should try to identify the possible plagiarism in received manuscript(s) for review and UPI will assist the reviewers in case of plagiarism check.
- Identify the published work(s) related to the submitted work(s) which is not cited by the author(s).
- Reviewers must be neutral and indifferent.
- Reviewers must specify conflicts of interests and if they have, then should stop reviewing the manuscript.
Finally, report whether the research attracts the greater audience or not.
Responsibilities of Author(s)
- Authors must confirm the submitted work is original and free of plagiarism.
- Clearly acknowledge the conflicts of interests, if exist.
- Confirm the work(s) is / are solely submitted to the UPI journal and not elsewhere for simultaneous consideration.
- Confirm the submitted work is not published elsewhere except like poster or oral presentations at conferences or seminars.
- Who has majorly contributed to the work must be stated as “Author” and remaining as “Co-author(s)”.
- Specify the funding sources in manuscript, if exist.
Author(s) must consider the above responsibilities before submitting the manuscript(s) to the UPI Journals.
UPI will check the following information
- Funding sources of the work
- Conflicts of interests
- Confidentiality of the work
- Publication ethics
- Modifications in manuscript, if needs.
- Timely publication of the accepted work(s).
- Check whether they followed the standards, if exist.