Publication Ethics

Research Documentation:

The authors must record their research results so that their analysis and review could be done before the publication and by other researchers for a reasonable period after publication. Fabrication of data like reporting results that were never conducted or deceive or intent to mislead is a form of scientific misconduct and regarded as highly unethical and, in some jurisdictions, may be illegal.

Publication Practice:

The authors should submit their research papers in the journal’s précised format for each publication. The information provided by the authors should be concise, authentic, and give details of the research experiments performed. Authors should include recent research articles and bring in comparative analysis to support their research. However, in doing so, authors should rewrite the information in their own words and represent it in a form that supports their original research work. This information, used from competitors, other researchers, and partners, should be cited as references in the research papers. They should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship Practice:

Authorship credit should be based on substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, analysis, and interpretation of data; drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and final approval of the version to be published. A citied author should meet all of these criteria. Individuals that made other contributions to the research like obtaining funds for the research, collecting important data and materials, or co-ordinating with the publication, are significant but do not qualify for authorship. These individuals can be acknowledged in the research papers. We highly discourage inappropriate authorship practices such as ‘ghost’ authors (individuals who qualify for authorship but are not listed) and ‘guest’ (or honorary) authors (individuals who are listed despite not qualifying for authorship, such as heads of the department not directly involved with research.)

The source of funding for the research project, or the publication of the document should be stated. The author should declare that the submitted work and its essential substance have not previously been published and are not considered for publication elsewhere. If a primary research report has been published, the author should clearly state it and mention the advancement and new analyses or syntheses of data in the secondary research report. An overlap of about 10 percent is considered acceptable between such journals. Plagiarism is an unethical practice in the field of research and is completely unacceptable. Authors are required to state they are the copyright owners or have taken the copyright owners’ permission before submitting the research report. Any breach of copyright is not acceptable. Besides journals, FCS also publishes Conference Proceedings for no fee. These are intended to serve the community to share the most recent work-in-progress in respective areas of research. Conference organizers have to declare that the proceedings will not be shared with or published in any other journal.

Editorial Responsibilities

The editor of a journal has complete authority and responsibility to accept or reject a submitted paper and is not influenced by the management or owners in any form. The editor may confer with the associate editor, co-editors, and peer-reviewers while making a decision. The editors should judge all submissions on their scientific merit and minimize the influence of other factors. The decision should be timely and fair irrespective of caste, culture, origin, gender, or citizenship of the author. Editors, authors, and peer reviewers have a responsibility to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively. These include relevant financial (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker’s fees), personal, political, intellectual, or religious interests. Editors and board members should, whenever these are relevant to the content being considered or published, declare their interests and affiliations. The editorial team should not disclose any information about a submitted paper under consideration other than to reviewers. Situations that may lead to conflicts of interest should be avoided.

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