Responsibilities of Editors
The editors have the responsibility and the duty to guarantee the originality of the manuscript and to verify the typology of the article, and the correspondence to the aims and scopes of the journal. The editors have to evaluate carefully the assignment of the article to reviewers with an adequate scientific experience level regarding the article topic. The editors also have the responsibility to assure the greatest transparency towards the authors during the whole evaluation process.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
The reviewers must treat the papers respectfully, honestly and confidentially. They should inform the editors of any possible conflict of interest with the research or its sponsors. Reviewers must provide honest and constructive evaluation of the papers and shouldnít use the results and data of the papers in any unethical way.
Responsibilities of Authors:
Manuscripts submitted to journals of Hikari Ltd will be considered for publication with the understanding that the same work has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
In particular, the authors have the following responsibilities:
Regarding articles whose number of authors is bigger than one, a corresponding author should be nominated. The corresponding author will be responsible for the manuscript during the whole processing of the paper: from the submission to the publication, including the review and submission or revised version. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Each co-author is responsible for the correct presentation of the article and its contents, assuring the research originality and the fact that the article hasnít been published in other journal.
Journals of Hikari Ltd will immediately reject papers leading to the following ethical violations:
- Data fabrication and falsification
In addition to the immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript, Hikari Ltd will not consider any other papers submitted to any of our journals by the same authors (individually or in combination with other authors). The authors of the infringing manuscript will be dismissed from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by Hikari Ltd.
Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest exists when judgement regarding the research is influenced by factors such as financial gain or personal relationships. All authors are required to disclose any financial, personal or other associations that may influence or be perceived to influence their work.
Journals of Hikari Ltd will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
Corrections of errors; retractions, etc.
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the authorís obligation to notify the publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Independence of editorial decisions
Hikari Ltd is committed to ensuring that commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.
Policy of screening for plagiarism
Papers submitted to Hikari journals will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. Hikari journals will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
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