The publication ethics and malpractice statement for the Chemistry and Materials journal encourage individuals involved in the publication of science research to follow best practices to avoid ethical matters, errors, and retractions.
- The editorial board decides which articles submitted to the journal will be published. In making this decision, the editorial board also considers the reviewers’ recommendations.
- The editor initially evaluates each article by considering the journal’s editorial criteria. The editor may refuse to publish an article if it does not meet the criteria. If the editor accepts the article for publication, it will be forwarded to at least two reviewers who have expertise in the subject area for a single-blind peer review. Each reviewer will recommend whether to accept, reject, or ask the author to revise the article. The review period may last up to 30 days.
- Editors, members of the editorial board, and reviewers must evaluate articles without regard to the author’s race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion.
- Editors must maintain the confidentiality of the submitted articles and can not disseminate any information under consideration to other parties.
- Editors, reviewers, and other readers may not use unpublished material attached to the submitted articles for research purposes without the author’s written approval.
- Reviewers work with the editorial board to decide which articles the journal should publish. Reviewers may also have discussions with authors during the peer review process to improve the quality of the articles.
- Authors will be notified of receipt of their papers for the peer review process within one week. The reviewers’ initial feedback will be provided within one month. An article that requires revision may undergo several rounds of review until it is suitable for publication.
- Reviewers must objectively review the article and clearly express their views. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
- Reviewers should notify the editor if a manuscript under consideration is substantively similar or overlaps with other articles.
- Information or ideas obtained through peer review should only be used after obtaining the author’s explicit approval. Reviewers must not use manuscripts if they have a conflict of interest resulting from a competitive, collaborative, or other type of relationship with the author, company, or any other entity connected to the paper.
- Authors must present accurate research data and objectively discuss its significance in detail. Authors must clearly cite information from the other works so that readers can assess the validity of the information. Using deceptive or intentionally inaccurate statements constitutes unethical and unacceptable behavior.
- Authors must submit original work and cite information used from other sources in the appropriate manner. Authors must not engage in any action that can lead to plagiarism. All forms of plagiarism constitute unethical and unacceptable behavior.
- Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. In addition, authors must not submit copyrighted manuscripts. Furthermore, manuscripts under review by the journal may not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, the author retains the rights to the published material when submitting a manuscript.
- Generally, an author should not publish manuscripts that describe the same research in more than one major journal or publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time is unethical and unacceptable behavior.
- The names of the authors listed in the article should include only those individuals who significantly contributed to the concept, design, process, or interpretation of the reported study. Corresponding authors must ensure that all co-authors have complied with, reviewed, and approved the final version of the paper and have approved its submission for publication.
- Authors must disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be perceived as influencing the results or interpretation of their manuscripts. Authors must identify all funding sources that have supported their research.
- Authors or readers who discover significant errors or inaccuracies in a published article should contact the journal editor immediately and work with them to retract or correct the paper.
- Publisher will take the necessary action to clarify or modify a published article if it is suspected or proven that it contains scientific error, fraud, or plagiarism. Publisher will also take appropriate steps to discourage, identify, and prevent the publication of articles that contain research errors.
- Publishers will not discriminate based on age, disability, religion, creed, genetic predisposition, race, color, marital status, national origin, veteran status, gender, career status, or participation in any publishing program, service, or activity.