Publication ethics in Journal of Stress Analysis (Abbreviation: J. Stress Anal.) are based on the suggested best practice guidelines by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Each individual involved in the process of publishing a paper in Journal of Stress Analysis must adhere to the policies of the journal based on their role as Author, Editor or Reviewer.
A) As an author publishing in Journal of Stress Analysis
Authors should also read the Guide for Authors section of the website before submitting a manuscript. Authors are strongly advised to also read the international standards for authors on COPE’s website.
All those designated as authors should meet all the criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria stated above should be identified as authors.
2. Authors should refrain from submitting a manuscript that has been previously published in part or in whole in other journals or any other medium that may result in conflicting copyright ownership claims or plagiarism. Manuscripts previously published in part in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis are an exception to this rule and can be submitted for peer-review.
3. Authors should ensure that they have properly cited all the relevant works they have quoted or used for the creation of the submitted work. Authors should not cite any work that has not contributed to the submitted manuscript or if they have not read the cited work. Citations in the References section of the manuscript must also appear within the body of the submitted manuscript.
4. If an author discovers an error or an inaccuracy in their published work, it is the author’s obligation and duty to promptly report it to the editorial office of the journal.
5. Authors should sign and fill the conflicts of interest disclosure form and declare all possible sources of conflicting interests regarding their research.
6. Authors retain the rights to share their article for personal use, institutional use, presentation of their research in academic conferences or self-archiving a copy of the original article for non-commercial scholarly purposes on their personal websites or other distribution venues such as ResearchGate or similar media provided that the article is archived or released as published by Journal of Stress Analysis and appropriate credit is given to the original article on our website. Authors are required to sign and fill the Author-Publisher Agreement form and submit it to the journal once their manuscript has been accepted to be published in a future issue.
7. Authors should present their results honestly and clearly without fabrication, falsification or dishonest manipulation of data or findings of their research. Laboratory images should not be modified in a misleading manner.
8. Authors should include sufficient detail about their methods to enable other researchers to repeat their experiments and verify their results independently.
9. Authors should report their research completely. Inconvenient, inconsistent or inexplicable findings which do not support the authors’ or sponsors’ hypothesis must not be omitted.
B) As an editor in Journal of Stress Analysis
Editors are strongly advised to also read COPE’s Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.
C) As a peer reviewer in Journal of Stress Analysis
Reviewers should also visit the peer-review section of the website and other instructions for reviewers on the website. Reviewers are also encouraged to visit COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
Defining the Cases of Misconduct
Plagiarism: Unacknowledged appropriation of someone else’s work or presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism. Submitted manuscripts must be original. Manuscripts under consideration for publication or already published by other journals cannot be submitted.
Conflict of interest: Objectivity and impartiality of the individuals involved in scholarly publication should not be harmed by professional, financial, commercial or personal rivalries or interests; otherwise, a potential conflict of interest may arise. In scholarly publishing, a conflict of interest usually arises when a person’s financial interests might affect their objectivity in reporting or interpreting their research. Authors intending to publish in Journal of Stress Analysis are required to fill and submit the Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest form before their manuscript can be accepted for publication.
Data fabrication and falsification: Data fabrication refers to a situation where the authors fabricate inauthentic data without performing any experiments or research. If a researcher carries out an experiment, butintentionally misrepresents the data or findings of the experiment by inappropriately manipulating or omitting data or findings from the research, then a case of data falsification has occurred.
Duplicate or Multiple Publication: Publishing two or more papers with essentially the same material, including but not restricted to hypotheses, data and conclusions, whether by the same author or publisher, is called duplicate or multiple publication.
Citation manipulation: Citations are the main quantitative means of assessing the scientific output of an author, an institution or a journal by other members of the scientific community. Citation manipulation refers to any systematic practice of increasing the citations given to a specific author’s works or articles associated with or published by a specific entity like an academic institution or a journal. Citation manipulation deceives the scientific community about the attractiveness of a published work and therefore, it is a serious form of scientific misconduct and unethical behavior.