The ethics for publication is required for high quality of publication in Journal of Metals, Materials and Minerals. The following violations must be prohibited and sanctioned:
- Manuscripts and articles found to plagiarize other works
- Manuscripts and articles with data fabrication and falsification
- Submitted manuscripts that have been under revision elsewhere
- Published articles that have been published elsewhere
- Manuscripts with citation manipulation.
Violated manuscripts under revision must be immediately rejected while published articles corresponding to some of the aforementioned violations must be retracted from the journal. JMMM reserves the right to impose additional measures in the case of unethical practices.
The following guidelines are taken and adapted from The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website (http://publicationethics.org).
- Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish.
- Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
- Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.
- Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.
- Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.
- Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals.
- Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them.
- Editors should have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest.
- The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
- Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
- Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that others can confirm their findings.
- Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
- Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
- The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
- Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.
- Reviewers should only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.
- Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
- Information obtained during the peer-review process must not be used for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
- Their comments should not be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.
- Reviewers should acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavor and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.
- Reviewers provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.
- Impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.
- Wager E & Kleinert S (2011) Responsible research publication: International standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. Chapter 50 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 309-16). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7
- Kleinert S & Wager E (2011) Responsible research publication: International standards for editors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. Chapter 51 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 317-28). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7)