Our aim is to proffer comprehensive guidance, lucid definitions, and firm expectations of standard in responsible editorial behavior.
• The Editor-In-Chief (EIC) is the official representative of the journal in relation to the Applis Publishers Committee.
• The primary responsibilities of the editors-in-chief are to inform and educate readers, with attention to the accuracy and importance of journal articles, and to protect and strengthen the integrity and quality of the journal and its processes.
• The EiC is responsible for appointing members of the Editorial Team and Board, keeping the list of people involved up-to-date, as well as creating an active working environment in the processing of article submissions and reviews.
• Editors-in-chief should have full authority over the editorial content of the journal, generally referred to as “editorial independence”.
• The Editor-in-chief has the vital and ultimate duty of ensuring every publication meets these guidelines, and that work is of a sufficient quality before being released to the public.
Peer review process
• The Editor-in-Chief assesses each new submission to determine if the manuscript meets Applis standards and if it is within the scope of the journal topic areas.
• The Editor-in-Chief oversees the peer review process in collaboration with the journal office staff and is responsible for the content and quality of each issue.
• As needed, respond to correspondence with authors, Editors, reviewers, and readers regarding peer review and/or manuscript decisions.
• The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) holds overall responsibility for major decisions and has ultimate responsibility for the quality of peer reviews and publications.
• Lead and mentor journal Editorial Board, develop processes to increase the efficiency, quality, and uniformity of the editorial processes.
• Establish and maintain the scientific standards of the Journal; ensure uniformity of scientific standards across Journal sections; increase the visibility of the Journal.
• Write editorials that discuss issues pertinent to respective journals and its constituents.
• Encourage the submission of manuscripts; recruit manuscripts at conferences; commission special issues and guest editors.
• The Editor-in-chief should comply with all ethical guidelines in order to foster an environment of integrity, objectivity, and independence at all times.
• An editor-in-chief should never make any editorial decision based on financial, political, ideological, or other such pressure from an outside agent. Decisions must be made predominantly on the basis that content within their publications is accurate, honest, and free from conflicting influence.
• The editor-in-chief should consider expressing concern at inconclusive evidence of author misconduct, unreliable findings that are not investigated by the author’s institution, the belief that an investigation would not be fair or ethical, or the findings to clarify a situation are far from becoming available.
Editorial staff should adhere to a strict code of conduct, aiming to provide accurate, reputable, and original publications that meet all current legislation and quality standards.
Roles & Responsibilities:
An Editorial Board member is also expected to review a number of manuscripts each year, being an expert on the topic and familiar with the journal’s routine and rigor. Having an active Editorial Board is vital for the success of a journal. Each editorial team will ensure the respective discipline has a voice at the journal.
Responsibilities expected from a Journal Editorial Board member:
• To distribute to ‘Call for Papers’ or other important announcements from the journal as widely as possible.
• To promote the journal whenever possible to attract submissions for evaluation.
• To consider submitting their own publications to the journal.
• To come with suggestions to the EiC on how to improve the journal and its routines and guidelines
• To carry out occasional peer review for the journal.
• To assist in locating suitable peer reviewers, if required.
• To provide occasional editorial advice/opinion to the EiC and/or section editors on submissions.
• Confidentiality is a vital aspect of ethical conduct; no information deemed private should ever be shared with anyone outside of the editorial team without the necessary authority and clearance.
• Editorial staff should abstain from handling and publishing articles that may cause harm or place inequitable emphasis on religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability or other sensitive matters.
• All decisions made by the editorial team must be free from bias and influence, whether it is political, financial, ideological, or otherwise.
• Read and understand COPE guidelines as well as Applis ethics policy, and follow them during all editorial processes.
• The reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or affirms that he or she cannot meet the deadline for completion of the review should immediately notify the editor and excuse himself or herself from the process of reviewing this manuscript.
• The reviewer should inform the editor and rescue himself or herself from reviewing the manuscript if there is a conflict of interest. Specifically, the reviewer should recuse himself or herself from reviewing any manuscript authored or coauthored by a person with whom the reviewer has an obvious personal or academic relationship if the relationship could introduce bias or the reasonable perception of bias.
• The reviewer should treat the manuscript in a confidential manner. The manuscript should not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
• The reviewer should approach the peer-review job objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
• The author should indicate explicitly all sources that have supported the research and also declare any conflict(s) of interest.
• The reviewer should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
• The reviewer should immediately notify the editor of any similarities between the manuscript under review and another paper either published or under consideration by another journal. The reviewer should immediately call to the editor’s attention a manuscript containing plagiarized material or falsified data.
Peer Reviewer Selection
Applis acknowledges the extreme importance of the reviewers’ role in guaranteeing the highest quality standards of our publications. As an appreciation for the valuable services and taking out time to review the manuscripts, for every peer review completed within the stipulated time, we will offer the reviewers with 20% discount on the Article Publication Charges, for one manuscript.