Decision about the submitted manuscripts to ASPI journals is based only on their importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal's scope and content. Studies with negative results despite adequate power, or those challenging previously published work receive equal consideration. Afarand Scholarly Publishing Editorial Team (ASPET)
has the responsibility to edit the accepted manuscripts before publishing to prevent potential falsifications and consistency of structural principles.
If a published paper is subsequently found to have errors or major flaws, ASPET takes responsibility for promptly correcting the written record in the journal. The specific content of the correction may address whether the errors originated with the author or the journal. The correction is listed in the table of contents to ensure that it is linked to the article to which it pertains in public databases (e.g., Scopus, PMC, PubMed, etc.).
Ratings of review quality and other performance characteristics of editors are periodically assessed to assure optimal journal performance and contribute to decisions on reappointment. Individual performance data must be confidential. These performance measures are also used to assess changes in process that might improve journal performance. The handling of manuscripts that may represent a conflict of interest for editors is described under the section on conflict of interest
All the ASPET members
1. Respect their journal’s constituents (readers, authors, reviewers, and the human subjects of research) by:
- Making the journal’s processes (e.g., governance, editorial staff members, number of reviewers, review times, acceptance rate) transparent;
- Thanking reviewers for their work;
- Protecting the confidentiality of human subjects.
2. Promote self-correction in science and participate in efforts to improve the practice of scientific investigation by:
- Publishing corrections, retractions, and critiques of published articles;
- Take responsibility for improving the level of scientific investigation and medical writing in the larger community of potential authors and readers.
3. Assure honesty and integrity of the content of their journal and minimize bias by:
- Managing conflicts of interest;
- Maintaining confidentiality of information;
- Separating the editorial and business functions of the journal.
4. Improve the quality of their journal by:
- Becoming familiar with the best practice in editing, peer review, research ethics, methods of investigation, and the rationale and evidence base supporting them;
- Establishing appropriate programs to monitor journals’ performance;
- Soliciting external evaluations of the journal’s effectiveness
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