Banat’s Journal of Biotechnology (Banats J Biotechnol) is a peer-reviewed journal. This statement spells out ethical behaviour of all parties involved in act of publishing a paper for this journal, i.e. author, peer-reviewer, chief editor and editors, and publisher. This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Like the Helsinki Declaration, which forever altered the ethical landscape of human clinical research, the aim of the Basel Declaration is to bring the scientific community together to further advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research. (http://www.basel-declaration.org/basel-declaration-en/?LinkServID=FE726D60-8567-43A0-B7DEFEE404368C4A).
DUTIES (rights) OF AUTHORS
Authors of original research should present an accurate account of paper done as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Data of research should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Authors can be asked to provide raw data in connection with a paper submitted for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original papers, and if the authors have used work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted. Such quotations and citations must be listed in the Reference at end of paper.
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining nature of reported paper.
1. Publication and authorship:
list of references, financial support;
no plagiarism, no fraudulent data;
forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.
2. Author’s responsibilities:
authors obliged to participate in peer review process;
all authors have significantly contributed to research;
statement that all data in article are real and authentic;
all authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers:
Judgments should be objective;
reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to research, authors and/or research funders;
reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited;
reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
4. Editorial responsibilities:
e.g. editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article;
editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept;
only accept a paper when reasonably certain;
when errors are found, promote publication of correction or retraction;
preserve anonymity of reviewers.
5. Publishing ethics issues:
Monitoring/safeguarding publishing ethics by editorial board;
Guidelines for retracting articles;
Maintain the integrity of academic record;
Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
Always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
No plagiarism, no fraudulent data.