Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture are evaluated entirely
on the basis of their scientific content. There are no publication
charges. All possible measures are taken to uphold the highest
standards of publication ethics and to prevent malpractices. Authors
who submit papers to our Journals attest that their work is original
and unpublished and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
In addition, authors confirm that their paper is their own original work
that has not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from
other works and if the authors have used the works of others the same
has been appropriately cited or quoted. Our publication ethics and
malpractice statement is based on the guidelines for journal editors
developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Responsibilities of Editors
The Editorial Team of the IJST, comprising the Editorial
Board and the Editorial Staff with the Publisher is responsible for
taking a decision as to which of the articles submitted to the journal
are to be published. The Editors have complete discretion to
reject/accept an article. The Editorial Team may confer/deliberate with
other reviewers/editors in arriving at its decisions. The evaluation of
manuscripts is made on the basis of their scholarly and intellectual
content without having regard to the nature of the authors or the
institution including gender, race, religious belief, ethnic origin,
citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The journal
follows a policy of fair play in its editorial evaluation. The editors
are expected to exercise caution and ensure that they have no conflict
of interest with respect to the articles they accept/reject. The
editors and the editorial staff follow strict confidentiality and are
required not to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript
to any one other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher.
Authors are encouraged to correct the errors which are found during the
process of review while preserving the anonymity of the reviewers.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
Editorial decisions are based on peer review. The
reviewers are expected to maintain absolute confidentiality with regard
to the contents of manuscripts. The reviews are to be conducted
objectively and the referees are expected to express their views
clearly with supporting reasons. The reviewers should have no conflict
of interest with the authors and the subject matter of the research.
The reviewers are required to identify relevant published work that has
not been cited by the authors. Any observation or argument which has
been previously reported should also be accompanied along with the
relevant citation. Similarities or overlaps between the manuscript
under review and any other published paper of which the reviewer may
have personal knowledge, may also be brought to be attention of the
editors. The information or ideas obtained through peer review are of a
privileged nature and must be kept confidential and not used for
personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which
they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive,
collaborative or other relationship with any of authors or institutions
connected to the papers.
of the Authors
Authors are required to present an accurate account of the
original research work and also an objective discussion of its
significance. The paper should contain sufficient details of the
literature and references. It is expected that all the authors have
significantly contributed to the research. Fraudulent and knowingly
made inaccurate statement constitutes unethical behavior and would be unacceptable.
Authors are required to ensure that the submitted work is original and
has not been published elsewhere, and if the authors have used the work
of others the same has been appropriately cited or quoted. Applicable
copyright laws and conventions are required to be followed. Copyright
materials should be reproduced only with permission and due
acknowledgement. Authors are not expected to submit manuscripts
describing essentially the same research in more than one journal.
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently
would constitute unethical practice and would be unacceptable. Proper
acknowledgement of the work of others must always be made. Authorship
should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to
the paper which is submitted for publication. All those who have made
significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who
have participated in certain substantive aspects in the development of
the paper should also be acknowledged. The corresponding author is
required to ensure that all co-authors are included in the paper, and
that the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the
paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All sources of
financial support should also be disclosed. Upon discovery of any
significant error in the published work, it is the responsibility of
the authors to promptly notify the editors and cooperate in the
retraction or correction of the paper.
Peer Review Policy for
the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture
of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is
an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is
carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our reviewers
therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the Journal
of Eco-friendly Agriculture and all manuscripts are peer reviewed
following the procedure outlined below.
The Editors first
evaluate all manuscripts. In some circumstances it is entirely feasible
for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those
rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious
scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside
the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria
are passed on to experts for review.
manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2 weeks of
Type of Peer
The Journal of
Eco-friendly Agriculture employs single blind review, where the
reviewer remains anonymous to the authors throughout the process.
reviewer is selected
matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our reviewer
database contains reviewer contact details together with their subject
areas of interest, and this is constantly being updated.
asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
appropriate ethical guidelines
results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
references previous relevant work
not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is
not part of the peer review process. Reviewers are requested to refrain
from giving their personal opinion in the "Reviewer blind comments
to Author" section of their review on whether or not the paper
should be published. Personal opinions can be expressed in the
"Reviewer confidential comments to Editor" section.
How long does
the peer review process take?
manuscript will be reviewed within 2-8 weeks. Should the reviewers'
reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a
further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually
returned to the Editors within 3 weeks and the Editors may request
further advice from the reviewers at this time. The Editors may request
more than one revision of a manuscript.
decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author
along with any recommendations made by the reviewers, and may include
verbatim comments by the reviewers.
Decision is final
advise the Editors, who are responsible for the final decision to
accept or reject the article.
/ Conference Proceedings
and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures
involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organizers or
scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may
receive full details of the peer review process on request from the
Reviewer for the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture
If you are not
currently a reviewer for the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture but
would like to be considered as a reviewer for this Journal, please
contact the editorial office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and provide your contact details. If your request is approved and you
are added to the online reviewer database you will receive a confirmatory
email, asking you to add details on your field of expertise, in the
format of subject classifications.