OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATION POLICY
All articles published in the journals of Green publishers are freely approachable by readers from every corner of the world, requiring only an access to the internet facility, as we adopt the policy of Open Access Publication. By this strategy of publication we aim to spread the credible research to all readers free of any cost. However, all manuscripts under publication process are stringently analyzed and tracked by our vigilant team members to ensure the timely publication of high quality articles. Our open access publication benefits everyone involved in innovation and application of knowledge; readers get benefitted by unrestricted and permanent access to Green Publishers’ articles for any non-commercial purpose while the authors are globally recognized in an increasing manner by participants of research community due to the absence of any barrier to their publication.
Green publishers’ relationship with its authors is based on the respect for each other and protecting their personal information is one of its steps towards building this relationship.
Submission in Green publishers’ journals may require some of your details to be shared with us; however, these are kept confidential in our system as far as possible.
Below you may find a brief outline about your shared details and places where these may be used by us:
Details that may be collected from authors:
Date and time of your visit of our website
Operating system and type of browser used for this visit
Documents downloaded from our website
Your geographical location
Potential parties to whom your information may be shared:
Our Technical support providers
Reviewers (only if direly needed)
Financial bodies (to ease the payment process)
Our business partners (Demographic and statistical information)
Green publishers take measures to protect your information- providing only limited access to selected people; password protection; end-to-end encryption and so forth.
You are at liberty to contact us any time to update your personal information; to stop processing your data; to delete your personal details from our system; to remove you from our mailing list; to object to us in case you feel misuse of your data.
Green publishers uses firm means to prevent any form of plagiarized material from being published from its platform. All submission here is checked against a comprehensive database of publications and articles to detect the similarity percentage of submitted article with the already published database. Only a precise percentage of content overlap is considered for acceptance of submission.
Green publishers follows the COPE guidelines on plagiarism to detect, prevent and deal with plagiarism material, for further details on this policy readers are advised to visit the COPE website.
Please note that plagiarism has been well described as a fraudulent practice in the world of research and publication and therefore, authors are suggested to pay attention to below features that are considered as plagiarism, in order to prevent themselves getting involved in it.
The following important features can assist in identifying different kinds of plagiarized content. These are:
- Higher similarity in the abstract, introduction, materials and methods, and discussion and conclusion sections indicates that the manuscript may contain plagiarized text. Authors can easily explain these parts of the manuscript in many ways. However, technical terms and sometimes standard procedures cannot be rephrased; therefore, Editors must carefully review these sections before deciding.
- Word-to-word copying of text without putting quotation marks and not properly acknowledging the original author.
- Reproduction of other authors’ words, sentences, ideas, or findings claiming as one’s own without proper acknowledgement to the original authors.
- Correctly citing but poorly quoting the original text of earlier published work is considered as an accidental plagiarism. Therefore, authors should properly quote as well as cite the original source.
- Self-plagiarism or Text-recycling is using some part of a previous publication without proper citation and acknowledgement of the source.
- Paraphrasing: Copying of complete paragraphs from some other article and pasting it in one’s own article while modifying/replacing only a few words without changing the structure of original sentences; or changing the sentence structures but without any alteration of the words.
It is clearly announced that at Green publishers any form of plagiarized material, if detected after the publication of an article, will be taken critically and this may bring serious results to the authors. We reserve the right to retract such articles, and approach and inform the authors’ institutions about any such malpractice made by them. A ‘Retraction Note’ will be published on the journal’s website at the relevant page of plagiarized manuscript.
COPYRIGHT and LICENSING POLICY
Green publishers has attained the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) for open access publications of its articles which provides all authors the full ownership of copyright for their published articles yet allowing all the readers to unrestrictedly copy, download, reuse, reprint, modify and distribute their articles for any non-commercial use as long as the original authors and source are appropriately cited.
Green Publishers does not welcome the submissions to its journals of any material with disputed copyright ownership. Authors’ own and innovative work is always considered for publication here. The corresponding author of submitted article is responsible to attain properly written permission from the copyright holder in case of any uncertain ownership and agree to our Publication Ethics Statement.
Although the inclusion of all potential contributors to any stage of the study and article preparation is encouraged by Green Publishers, all authorship issues are out of its domain of responsibilities, be it the inclusion or order of their names. These should always be solved among the authors themselves and Green Publishers bears no responsibility for any aspect of it. A corresponding author should always be mentioned in the authors’ list while an acknowledgement statement for contributors other than the co-authors may also be added at the end of the submitted manuscript.
Whether a manuscript is submitted by a single author or by a group of co-authors, a corresponding author is mandatory whose name should be clearly mentioned by means of an asterisk sign following the name, with whom all communications related to the manuscript publication process may be carried out and to whom any query about the published article may be sent.
The corresponding author also takes responsibility of ensuring the agreement of all co-authors to the inclusion of their names in the manuscript; order of their listed names in the submitted article; content of the article; its submission to the specific journal for publication and to the finally revised version of the article.
PEER REVIEW POLICY
All submissions to Green publishers indiscriminately undergo peer-reviewing process prior to the publication. We involve the expert and proficient peer reviewers of the relevant fields from around the world to obtain a timely yet meticulous and constructive evaluation of the submitted work.
Initially all submission are assessed by a designated Editorial board member for its appropriateness to the scope of the journal followed by the evaluation by editor’s selected reviewers. A double-blinded review policy is observed at Green publisher to maintain the transparency and integrity of the evaluation process. A minimum of two reviewers’ reports are obtained for each submission. The authors may suggest some reviewers’ names and contacting emails at the time of submission however, their selection for assessing the manuscript will be solely an editor’s choice and at least one further review from external reviewer will also be carried out other than the referees recommended by the authors. In order to maintain confidentiality, no review report is shared by the third parties other than the concerned editors and reviewers.
Submissions from the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Members will be initially evaluated by different editors, maintaining the double-blinded policy, to discover acceptance and then peer-reviewed by external reviewers.
DIGITAL DATA PRESERVATION
All articles of Green Publishers are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode), which allows free distribution and reproduction for any non-commercial purpose provided that the work is properly cited.
Because authors retain the copyright to their articles; they are at liberty to SELF-ARCHIVE their accepted and published manuscripts on their personal websites, institutional depositories like PMC, cross-institutional subject repository, or any governmental repository. However, it must be accompanied by an acknowledgement to the original source of publication, and by a link leading to the published article on the journal’s/publisher’s website.
To secure permanent access to all of our publications, Green Publishers has approached LOCKSS through the PKP Preservation Network. to have long-term storage of the content published in its journals through the PKP Preservation Network. .
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT
In case of receiving grant or funding by any institution/sponsor/state authority for conducting the research being reported, a proper acknowledgment and disclosure of such funding is required in the end of the submitted article. Other than the monetary support any other contribution by sponsor/funder such as, in the plan of the study; collection or analyses of the data or results; preparing the manuscript and publishing the final study results must also be explicitly mentioned.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION
According to the COPE Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003), “’Conflicts of interest occur when authors, reviewers, or editors have concerns that are not fully clear, and that may affect their decisions on whatever is published. They have been defined as those that would create a thoughtful reader feel misled or deceived when announced later.’
Therefore, a particular procedure is adopted at Green Publishers for Declaration of presence or absence of Conflict of Interest for each submission to its journals.
There is a possibility that researchers, scholars or field professionals have conflicts of interest impacting-or seem to be impacting- their research. To bring clarity to this possibility, Green Publishers’ makes it mandatory that all submissions to its journals carry a statement describing or denying any competing interest that will be included in the paginated published article.
Below is a brief but not exhaustive list of some possible conflicts of interests:
- Presence of relationships, allegiances, or hostilities to particular groups/organizations which may excessively impact one’s judgments or procedures.
- Bearing individual interests or personal gains that may overly impact one’s judgments or procedures.
- Collecting fee for advising
- Keeping hold of obtained research funding.
- Owning shares in an organization that may be influenced by the publication of your paper
- Having acquired funds compensating you for visiting a relevant symposium or talk
However, the details of financial methods are not required to be necessarily revealed when a competing interest is declared.
How to make a declaration?
Include your Conflict of Interest Declaration at the end of the manuscript, after the Acknowledgements (if any) and before the References. If no conflict of interest exits, please include the statement “The Author(s) declare(s) no conflict of interest.”
PUBLICATION ETHICS STATEMENT
To ensure that all processes of its publication remain fully adhered to Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Green Publishers directs all of Editors, Reviewers and Authors associated with it to fulfill the below mentioned principles while dealing with various steps of publication by it. We all aim to publish only high-quality articles so that authentic research is added to the existing pool of literature and below set rules help to achieve this aim. Despite our utmost efforts, if at any time some case of ethical issue arises, Green Publisher is committed to look into the matter and take actions deemed necessary to maintain the integrity of literature; while ensuring the safety of research community as well.
DUTIES OF EDITORS:
Every person associated with our Editorial office is supposed to maintain the honour of Green Publishers while performing their duties. Following ethical notes are to be given particular attention by the Editors and implied during the editorial processing of the submissions.
- Unprejudiced evaluation process
While evaluating a submission for possible publication by the journals every decision should be made solely in the light of academic quality rather than on discriminatory basis regarding the gender, religious background, geographical or political affiliations of the authors.
- Fulfillment of Legal Requirements:
Editors should pay particular attention that the requirements of copyright, ethical approvals from concerned committees, Disclosure of conflict of interest have been fulfilled in the submission.
All editorial members and technical staff are obliged to ensure the confidentiality of all submissions. Only potential reviewers, editorial advisers, and involved publishing team members may have approach to the concerned manuscript.
- Decision Making:
Editorial decisions should be based on peer reviewers’ scholarly comments rather than on recommendations made by short, superficial peer reviewer reports not providing a rationale for the recommendations.
- Respecting Authors’ Work:
No piece of unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript is supposed to be used by anyone who has sighted the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without a clear written consent obtained by the author.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS:
- Constructive Evaluation:
Reviewers are instructed that a productive critical evaluation of the authors’ work must be provided, particularly regarding the appropriateness of methods used, accuracy of the results, and whether the conclusions are supported by the results presented in the article. Short, superficial peer reviewer reports which do not provide a good rationale are highly discouraged.
- Availability Acknowledgement:
If the selected referees is not available for review of the assigned submission in the provided time frame or the submission lies outside of their field of expertise they, should inform the Editorial office immediately after receiving the submission.
- Proper Citation:
If reviewers identify any previously published work that has been used by the authors but not properly cited, they should mention it in their report. Also, a reviewer should draw the Editor’s attention towards any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper under their personal knowledge.
- Prompt Reporting of Conflicts:
Reviewers are requested to inform the journal editor in case of any possible conflict of interests that may positively or negatively prejudice the review report. Usually the Editorial Office keeps an utmost check over this before inviting the reviewers; however, in case of any overlook we appreciate the cooperation of reviewers in this matter. However, conducting a review of a particular submission to Green publishers which they had evaluated before, but for another journal is not regarded as a Conflict of interest.
- Confidentiality :
Reviewers must keep all contents of the manuscript confidential. If they like a student or colleague to complete the review on their behalf, they are obliged to ask for editor’s permission to do so prior to the evaluation.
- Concealed Identity:
All Green Publishers journals work according to the policy of double-blind peer review. Reviewers therefore, should practice extreme caution not to reveal their identity to the authors in any way in their comments.
All reviews should be objectively and professionally conducted without any sort of personal criticism to the author. Reviewers are requested to express their analysis and comments clearly with supporting arguments.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS:
- Declaration of Conflicts of Interest:
Any possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be clearly disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
- Authorship of Submission:
Authors list provided with the very first submission are considered final, any subsequent change to this list will require written consent sought from all co-authors including those who have been removed.
- Reporting Details:
Data and methods used in the research article should be presented in sufficient detail unless there is compelling justifications otherwise, such as concealing the identity of study subjects/patients.
- Parallel Submissions:
No Simultaneous/concurrent submission of manuscripts submitted to the Green Publishers should be made to any other journal.
- Originality of Work:
Green Publishers discourages the practice of plagiarism exceeding the generally accepted range. Submissions with more than acceptable plagiarized content may be rejected out rightly during the initial scrutiny.
- Submission of Translations:
If the submitting author desires to publish translations of the previously published articles by some other publisher, the submission should include a suitable statement clearly indicating that the material has been translated and re-published, and be accompanied by the written permission(s) from the previous publisher and, the primary source of the material as well. If the Editor-in-Chief senses some /overlap, he/she may request the related publications to be provided to the publisher.
- Recommendation of Reviewers:
In case Author want to suggest some reviewer for their submission, they should not recommend collaborators or colleagues who work in the same institution as themselves as peer reviewers. Recommended reviewers should have no conflicts of interest that may include (but not limited to) the below:
- That the reviewer is aware of your submission
- There has been some recent collaboration between
suggested reviewer and any of the co-authors.
The suggested reviewer’s institutional email address and ORCID or Scopus ID will be required to help the Green Publishers editors verify the identity and expertise of the reviewer.
- Permission for Copy-righted Content:
For any previously published content (including quotations, figures or tables), it is necessary to take permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder and provided to the publisher.
- Identification of Post-Publication Errors:
If authors discover any error/inaccuracy in their published manuscript, the corresponding author of the manuscript should immediately contact the Editorial Office for this.
The above list is subject to further inclusions; all team members are suggested to keep them updated with their local regulations and currently accepted criteria practiced in academic publishing.