POLICY OF ETHICS AND MALPRACTICES
Tropical Animal Science Journal has to ensure that all published works within the journal follow the ethical principles of academic publishing. Therefore, it is essential to set an ethical standard for all stakeholders to create a conducive environment and avoid problems that may arise due to a certain conflict of interest. This document presents the policy of Tropical Animal Science Journal on the respective publication ethics and malpractice statement as guidance for all stakeholders of the journal.
All persons listed as authors should qualify for authorship. Such authorship should be limited to persons who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, data analysis, or interpretation of the manuscript. All other persons who have participated in certain important aspects of the research but do not qualify as authors should be acknowledged. Authorship is the responsibility of the corresponding author; he or she should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the manuscript.
Request to add or remove author(s) or to arrange the author names of the accepted manuscript before it is published, must be explained by a letter to the Chief Editor. This letter must be signed by all authors of the paper. An author statement form (Form A) must also be updated by every author and resubmitted to Chief Editor.
Responsibilities of authors
Authors are obliged to follow in peer review process set by Tropical Animal Science Journal. Authors are responsible for providing original and accurate data (no plagiarism, no fraudulent data) concerning the manuscript submitted and providing the data when requested. The submitted manuscript should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where parts of the data have been published elsewhere, the sources must be acknowledged or cited accordingly. When reproducing data from other sources, proper citation and permission are required. Authors should ensure that studies involving animals are performed according to animal ethics and welfare. Any potential conflict of interest has to be declared, including any financial, personal, or other relationships with other people or organizations related to their work that could affect their work. All sources of financial support for the research project and study sponsor(s) (if any) and their role in the research or study should be disclosed in the Acknowledgement. Authors are requested to be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
Responsibilities of reviewers
Reviewers are requested to assist in improving the quality of the manuscript through an objective review process within a scheduled period and contribute to the decision-making process on the manuscript. If reviewers find any published or submitted content similar to that under review, the editor has to be informed. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest concerning the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Any confidentiality of the information supplied by the editor or author should be maintained.
Responsibilities of editors
Editors have the complete responsibility and authority to accept or reject an article. They should have no conflict of interest about articles they accept or reject. Editors should be objective and fair when conducting their duties without making any discrimination on gender, ethnicity, religion, political view, or geographical origin of the authors. Editors should also accept manuscripts based on academic merit and without commercial influence. The anonymity of reviewers should be preserved by editors.
Conflict of interest
The corresponding author must clarify to the Editor any potential conflict of interest related to any financial, personal, or other relationships with other people or organizations related to the material discussed in the manuscript. All sources of the research funding should also be explicitly stated in the manuscript.
Human and animal ethics issues
If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure and state in the Materials and Methods that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be considered. For experiments involving humans, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/).
Authors should ensure that studies involving animals are performed according to animal ethics and welfare. All experimental animals should be reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of similar committees of the organization at which the experiment was carried out, and the approval number was indicated in the Materials & Methods section. If necessary, the editor or reviewers may request a copy of the document to resolve the questions about IACUC approval and its related issues. TASJ has the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical or misconduct in animal studies.
Authors, reviewers, and editors should maintain the integrity of the academic record during the whole process of publication. Business needs should be precluded from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
When there are suspected cases of publication misconduct, such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI), or ethical problems with a submitted (or published) manuscript, TASJ will follow the Committee on Publication Ethics flowcharts (https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Flowcharts). The discussion will be carried out by the Editorial Board team, and the decision will be issued by the Chief Editor. There will also be penalties imposed on those who do not follow the rules.
The journal refers to the COPE Guidelines (https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines) by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) for policies not stated in these instructions. COPE Guidelines are formal COPE policies intended to advise editors and publishers on expected publication ethics practices.
Tropical Animal Science Journal
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