It is necessary to agree upon standards of ethical behavior for all parties (the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher) involved in the act of publishing: The ethic statements of Corvus Journal are based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The Corvus Journal is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, mistakes and retractions. One of the important responsibilities of the editorial board is to prevent publication misconduct. Any unethical behavior is not acceptable.
Authors submitting articles to Corvus Journal certify that manuscript contents are original and not submitted in any other journal at the same time.
Duties of Editors
- Decisions on publication: It is the responsibility of the editors at Corvus Journal to decide which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may discuss with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
- Fairness: An editor evaluate manuscripts irrespective of race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
- Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
- Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials presented in a submitted manuscript must not be used by an editor in his/her own research without the written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
- Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Reviewers may help the editor in making editorial decisions. The reviewers through the editorial communications may assist the author in improving the manuscript.
- Speediness: Any selected referee if feels unfit to review the submitted manuscript or believe that its quick review is not possible should inform the editor and excuse from the review process.
- Confidentiality: The reviewers must not disclose submitted manuscripts received for review to anyone except as authorized by the editor and must treat as confidential documents.
- Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted fairly and personal criticism of the author is improper. Reviewers should clearly articulate their opinions with supporting facts.
- Authentication of Sources: It is the responsibility of reviewers to make sure that relevant published work that has been cited in the manuscript. A reviewer should notify to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper.
- Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Unpublished materials presented in a submitted manuscript must not be used by reviewers in his/her own research without the written consent of the author.
Duties of Authors
- Reporting standards: Authors of original research should present an objective discussion of its significance and an accurate work performed. Basic data should be provided accurately in the manuscript. Fraudulent or Purposely incorrect statements or information are unacceptable and represent unethical behaviour.
- Data Access: Authors should provide the raw data relevant to a manuscript for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for an adequate time after publication.
- Originality and Plagiarism: The authors are asked to ensure that the reported work is completely original.
- Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: An author should not publish manuscripts comprising the similar research in more than one journal concurrently. This act constitutes unethical publishing activity and is inappropriate.
- Authentication of Sources: Authors should cite publications that have been persuasive in determining the nature of the reported research.
- Authorship of the manuscript: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conceptualization, design, acquisition, analysis, interpretation, or review of the reported study. All those who have contributed substantially should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain aspects of the research work, should be acknowledged. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and have agreed to its submission for publication.
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should report any financial or other potential conflict of interest in manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
- Errors in published manuscript: If an author notices a significant mistake or imprecision in his/her own published work, it is the author’s duty to inform the editor or publisher and cooperate with editor in retracting or correcting the manuscript.
When plagiarism has occurred, The Corvus Journal will take the necessary actions based on the type of plagiarism. Unless determined otherwise during the investigation, all authors are deemed to be individually and collectively responsible for the content of a plagiarizing paper. The Editorial Board of Corvus Journal places the investigation of each claim of plagiarism at the highest priority for resolution and action.
Action(s) in case of plagiarism in a published article and proven misconduct:
- A letter about the committed act will be sent to all authors involved in that work.
- Intimation to Author’s University/ Department about the incident of malpractice.
- Blacklisting of all authors involved in the article, banning them to publish any content with the Corvus Journal.
- The article will no longer be available online.
- The initial PDF document will be presented with a retraction note.
- All papers in the journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, even commercially as long as the original work is properly cited.
- Authors retain copyright of their work.
- Once material has been accepted for publication, authors are asked to sign an author agreement form verifying that they have the right to publish the material and that they grant permission to The The Corvus Journal to publish their work online.
- Authors retain the right to publish extended versions of their material elsewhere, provided the original publication is acknowledged.
- Authors retain the right to publish their work in on-line repositories, internal technical reports, etc.
- The Corvus Journal has the right to edit the material in article to meet the publication standards.