The aim of developing ethical standards in the publishing industry is to confirm high-quality scientific publications, to gain community trust in scientific findings, and to ensure that people receive their due recognition for their scientific work and ideas. Asian Network for Scientific Information is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by the Code of Conduct and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.
Asian Network for Scientific Information implements a rigorous peer-review process while following strict ethical policies and standards to ensure that only high-quality scientific literature is contributed and added in the field of scholarly publishing. The Asian publishing industry is considered as a developing industry, and unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, image manipulation, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise more often. Asian Network for Scientific Information takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and is trained to proceed in such cases with a zero-tolerance policy.
All journals published by the Asian Network for Scientific Information are committed to publishing only original material only, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Asian Network for Scientific Information as a participant of CrossCheck, uses the authenticated software helps to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a paper by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.
According to the publishing standards, it is unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. This does not only wastes the time of editors and peer reviewers, but can also damage the reputation of journals if the same manuscript gets published in more than one journal. Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under consideration elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission. To avoid this situation, the Academic Editor of the journal ask authors to submit a declaration form with their articles at the time of new manuscript submission, which authenticates that the manuscript is original and is not being considered for publication by any other scientific journals.
Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author's work, or articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.
Submitted manuscripts contain either fabricated (faked data) or falsified experimental results (manipulated data), including the manipulation of images, which will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.
All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is essential to enlist everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.
Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles.
If there are documented violations of any of the above-mentioned policies in any journal, regardless of whether or not the violations occurred in a journal published by Asian Network for Scientific Information, the following sanctions will be applied:
In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly egregious, Asian Network for Scientific Information reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.