Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
Peer review process
All of a journal’s content, apart from any editorial material that is clearly marked as such, shall be subjected to peer review. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewer’s expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal’s peer review procedures, shall be clearly described on the journal’s Web site.
Journals have editorial boards or other governing bodies whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors are provided on the journal’s Web site.
Editorial team/contact information
Journals provide the full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors on the journal’s Web site as well as contact information for the editorial office.
Fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials are clearly stated in the journal home page, which is easy for potential authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission.
Copyright and licensing information is clearly described on the journal’s Web site, and licensing terms shall be indicated on all published articles, both HTML and PDFs.
Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Publishers and editors will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case any journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. We Scientific Times and our editors follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.
Ownership and management
Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal shall be clearly indicated on the journal’s Web site. Publishers shall not use organizational names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.
A journal’s Web site, including the text that it contains, shall demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards.
Conflicts of interest
Scientific Times journals have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers and the policies are well defined.
The Journal individual articles are available to readers for free of cost and there is no charge for open access publications.
We follow Open Access Business model where we will not charge from our readers but we charge authors to maintain the peer review process, online hosting and management of manuscripts.
Journals advertising is if relevant, including what types of ads will be considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting ads and whether they are linked to content or reader behavior (online only) or are displayed at random.
We Scientific Times is open access peer review publisher who publishes the manuscripts issues quarterly to maintain high quality and standards.