New Century Publishing Group adopts the COPE guidelines on publication ethics.

 

Authors of SRJ must confirm the following:

 

  • Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s)
  • Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted
  • It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently
  • Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated
  • Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript
  • All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.

 

Reviewers of SRJ must confirm the following:

 

  • That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of author(s)
  • That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor
  • That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential
  • That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor

 

 

 

Editors of SRJ must confirm the following:

 

  • That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors
  • That information pertaining manuscripts are kept confidential
  • That any observed conflict of interest pertaining manuscripts must be disclosed
  • The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.

 

After Acceptance

 

In consideration for publication in this Journal, for an accepted contribution, authors grant to New Century Publishing Group the sole and exclusive right and license to produce, publish and make available and to further sub-license the contribution and the abstract prepared by the authors to accompany the contribution for the full legal term of copyright and any renewals thereof throughout the world in all languages and in all formats, and through any medium of communication now known or later conceived or developed.

 

In the event the authors provide Supplemental Material to New Century Publishing Group, they grant to New Century Publishing Group the non-exclusive right and license to produce, publish and make available and to further sub-license the material, in whole or in part, for the full legal term of copyright and any renewals thereof throughout the world in all languages and in all formats, and through any medium of communication now known or later conceived or developed.

 

While copyright remains for the authors, they authorize New Century Publishing Group to act on their behalf to defend their copyright should it be infringed and to retain half of any damages awarded, after deducting costs.

 

The authors warrant to New Century Publishing Group that the Contribution is their original work, that they have the full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to convey the rights granted herein to New Century Publishing Group and to submit the work for first publication in the SRJ and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, either in printed or electronic form, that they have obtained and enclose all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by them (including artistic works, e.g. illustrations, photographs, charts, maps, other visual material, etc.) contained in the contribution and any Supplemental Material they provide and that they have acknowledged the source(s), that the contribution and any Supplemental Material they provide contain no violation of any existing copyright, other third party rights or any libelous or untrue statements and do not infringe any rights of others, and they agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless New Century Publishing Group against any claims in respect of the above warranties. They further agree to be bound by the Conditions of Publication provided herein as part of this Agreement which outline the circumstances under which work may be reused.

 

Declaration of Conflicting Interests

 

The authors certify that:

 

1. All forms of financial support, including pharmaceutical company support, are acknowledged in the Contribution

 

2. Any commercial or financial involvements that might present an appearance of a conflict of interest related to the Contribution are disclosed in the covering letter accompanying the contribution and all such potential conflicts of interest will be discussed with the Editor as to whether disclosure of this information with the published Contribution is to be made in the Journal.

 

3. They have not signed an agreement with any sponsor of the research reported in the contribution that prevents them from publishing both positive and negative results or that forbids them from publishing this research without the prior approval of the sponsor.

 

4. They have checked in the manuscript submission guidelines whether this Journal requires a Declaration of Conflicting Interests and complied with the requirements specified where such a policy exists.

 

It is not expected that the details of financial arrangements should be disclosed. If the Journal does require a Declaration of Conflicting Interests and no conflicts of interest are declared, the following will be printed with their article: ‘None Declared’.

 

Termination

 

New Century Publishing Group, in its sole, absolute discretion, may determine that the contribution should not be published in its Journals. If in the rare circumstance the decision is made not to publish the Contribution after accepting it for publication, then all rights in the Contribution granted to New Century Publishing Group, shall revert to the authors and this Agreement shall be of no further force and effect, and neither the authors nor New Century Publishing Group will have any obligation to the other with respect to the Contribution.

 

Modification; Entire Agreement; Severability

 

No amendment or modification of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid or binding unless made in writing and signed by all parties. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to its subject matter, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, understandings and representations. The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular provision of this Agreement shall not affect the other provisions, and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if any invalid or unenforceable provision were omitted.

 

Authors’ Rights

 

The authors retain copyright in the work.

 

Without further permission:

 

• They may circulate or post on any repository or website the version of the article that they submitted to the journal (i.e. the version before peer-review) - version 1

 

• They may post on any non-commercial* repository or website* the version of their article that was accepted for publication - version 2. The article may not be made available earlier than 12 months after publication in the journal issue and may not incorporate the changes made by New Century Publishing Group after acceptance.

 

• They may re-publish the whole or any part of the contribution in a book written, edited or compiled by them provided reference is made to first publication by New Century Publishing Group. The article may not be made available earlier than 12 months after publication in the journal issue without permission from New Century Publishing Group.

 

• They may make photocopies of the published article for their own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues on a not-for-profit basis.

 

• They, or others authorized by them, may produce, publish or distribute any Supplemental Material provided to New Century Publishing Group which is not considered part of the contribution.

 

• They may not post the final version of the article was published by New Century Publishing Group or the New Century Publishing Group –created PDF-version 3.

 

• All commercial or any other re-use of the published article should be referred to New Century Publishing Group.

 

When posting or re-using the article, they should provide a link/URL from the article posted to the SRJ Online site where the article is published: http://www.wsjournals.com and please make the following acknowledgment ‘The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in, Vol/Issue, Month/Year by New Century Publishing Group Publications.

 

Although they have retained the copyright in their article, they have granted New Century Publishing Group an exclusive license to use it. This helps us to ensure adequate protection against infringement of copyright protected material through breach of copyright or piracy anywhere in the world. It also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it in any format, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge inside the framework of copyright.

 

The authors’ responsibilities: inclusion of other copyright material

 

New Century Publishing Group is sympathetic to the needs of scholars to include other copyright material, and is happy to provide guidance on this. Responsibility for obtaining permission to use any other copyright material rests with them as the authors of the contribution.

 

If the authors’ contribution includes material which is not their copyright, they are responsible for submitting with their manuscript the written permission from those who control copyright in that material to include it and reproduce it within their contribution. In most cases this will be the publisher of the work.

 

Statement of Informed Consent

 

- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") -- February 2006

 

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

 

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

 

The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal's instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

 

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

 

- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") -- February 2006

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.