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Publication Ethics and Plagiarism Prevention

            

Columbia International Publishing (CIP) is committed to delivering high-quality research to the academic world. CIP has the highest ethical standards to ensure high quality of scientific work.

• CIP abides by the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines.
• CIP is a member of CrossRef Association and adopts a plagiarism detection process called CrossCheck powdered by iThenticate.
• All submissions are peer reviewed.
• Currently, CIP uses the online submission system powered by Submittable.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Publisher
• CIP is committed to ensuring that editorial decisions on manuscript submissions are only made based on professional judgment and will not be affected by any commercial interests.
• CIP is committed to maintaining the integrity of academic records.
• CIP is always willing to be monitored for publishing ethics by editorial board members, reviewers, authors, and readers.
• CIP monitors the publishing ethics of its editorial board members, reviewers, and authors.
• CIP is always willing to investigate plagiarism and fraudulent data issues involving articles published with CIP. When the issues are proved, CIP is willing to provide guidelines regarding retracting the articles.
• CIP is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies involving its publications when needed.

Duties and Responsibilities of Editors
• They have the full authority to reject/accept a manuscript.
• They should maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts under review.
• They should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
• They should disclose and try to avoid any conflict of interest.
• They should maintain academic integrity and strive to meet the needs of readers and authors.
• They should be willing to investigate plagiarism and fraudulent data issues and willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers
• They should maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts they are invited to review.
• They should provide comments that will help editors make editorial decisions.
• They should provide comments in time.
• Their comments should be professional and objective.
• They should disclose and try to avoid any conflict of interest.
• They should point out relevant and important published work that has been ignored by manuscripts’ authors.

Duties and Responsibilities of Authors

General

1. In order to sustain the peer review system, authors have an obligation to participate in peer review process to evaluate manuscripts from others.

2. Authors should ensure that:
(a) The submitted work is original, has not been published, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The submitted work does not violate any copyrights, laws, or third-party rights.
(b) They have taken due care for the published contents. To the author’s best knowledge and reflecting current published scientific materials, all statements in the submission are true and any content in the work will not cause any damage, illness or injury to users when followed accurately.
(c) The submitted work does not contain anything that is illegal or libelous. It does not violate any contract, confidentiality agreement, or commitment of secrecy if published.
(d) The submitted work should list all references being used.
(e) All data in the submitted work are real.

3. Authors should understand that the submitted work undergoes a peer review process.

4. When appropriate, authors are obliged to provide retractions and/or corrections of errors to the editors and the Publisher.

5. Authors agree to publish in CIP journals using either the traditional Subscription Model (i.e., copyright is transferred to CIP) or the Open Access Model (i.e., authors retain the copyright).

Standard Reporting Guidelines
Authors of original research papers and review articles should report their work accurately. Original research papers should contain sufficient details to allow other researchers to replicate the work. Review articles should include important work by researchers in a field and should be objectively written.

Life Science Reporting Guidelines
Authors should clearly report any involvement of hazards, human or animal subjects, patient images, case details, and other materials and information. Their experiments should be performed in compliance with laws and relevant institutional guidelines. When requested, authors should provide the ethics committee with approval documents, consent to release personal information such as images of individuals, and other necessary documents used in the approval process. In addition, it should be stated within the manuscript that proper consent has been obtained for experiments with human subjects.

Conflict of Interest
Authors should disclose potential conflicts of interest about activities and relationships with other people or organizations that could potentially bias their work.

Authorship of Manuscript
Only those who have contributed significantly to the research can be listed as an author.

Change of Authorship
Any change to the author list after a paper is accepted should be requested by the corresponding author and agreed on by all authors before the paper is published. Such a request should be sent to the journal editor with the reason for the change.

Errors in Published Papers
The corresponding author should notify the journal editor or CIP if there is a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her work.

Plagiarism Prevention and Violation of Publication Ethics
All papers and books under review or published with CIP are subject to screening using Plagiarism Prevention Software and to the examination of CIP’s editorial board members, reviewers, and readers. Plagiarism is a serious violation of publication ethics. Other violations include duplicate publication, data fabrication and falsification, and improper credit of author contribution. Please contact us if you find that any work published with CIP potentially violates publication ethics.

Handling Cases of Misconduct
Once CIP confirms a violation against CIP’s publication ethics, the following actions will be taken.
(1) The work is rejected/retracted immediately. Notification will be sent to corresponding authors. In extreme cases, notifications will be sent to the affiliations of the authors.
(2) The authors are prohibited from submitting their work to CIP for 5 years.
(3) Any work by the authors responsible for the violation or any work these persons coauthored that is under review by any CIP journal will be rejected immediately.
(4) The authors are prohibited from serving on any CIP editorial board.
(5) CIP reserves the right to take more actions.

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