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Communicated articles / papers must be submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by Bioinfo publications journals or any other publisher. The submitting (Corresponding) author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition for submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Scientific writing is an explicit way of assigning responsibility and giving credit for intellectual work. Scientific writing practices should be judged by how honestly they reflect actual contributions to the final product. Scientific writing is important to the reputation, academic promotion, and grant support of the individuals involved as well as to the strength and reputation of their institution.
Bioinfo publications journals do not require all authors of a research paper to sign the letter of submission, nor do impose an order on the list of authors. Submission to Bioinfo publications is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed all of the contents. The corresponding (submitting) author is responsible for having ensured that this agreement has been attained and for managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication of manuscripts. Any change to the authors list after submission, such as a change in the order of the authors or the deletion or addition of authors needs to be approved by a signed letter from every author.
Coauthor contributions note
Manuscript authors are strongly encouraged to include a statement in the end notes to specify the actual contribution of each coauthor to the completed work. International Bioinfo publications journals allow to coauthors to be specified as having contributed equally to the work being described. Author contribution statement should be clear if the work are not equally done.
Publication Steps: Editorial & Peer Review Process
The Editorial board at Bioinfo publications journals follows a time table which is based on its current workload and as far as possible tries to adhere to it.
1 Time from receiving manuscript to initial (provisional) approval/disapproval by editorial board: 7 days
2 Time from approval to completion of peer review: 1-6 weeks
3 Time for authors to send back the correction or explanations to comments by peer reviewers: 1-2 weeks
4 Time for final acceptance by the editorial board based on peer review process: 1 week
5 Time for authors to send in the final corrected draft: 1-2 weeks
6 Time for Bioinfo journal to set up the article in its format: 2 weeks
7 Time for authors to do the final proof reading: 1 week
8 Time for Bioinfo journal to do the proof read changes: 1 week
9 Time for Bioinfo journal to Publish the Online First version: 1-2 weeks
The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication on the understanding that they are being submitted only to one Bioinfo publications journal at one time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere.
The following is the editorial workflow that every article / manuscript submitted to the journal undergoes during the course of the peer-review process.
The entire editorial workflow is performed using the online Bioinfo publications Editorial Management System. Once a manuscript is submitted, the manuscript is assessed by a Screening Editor for originality of work, scientific flaws and plagiarism.
About Peer-Review process
Bioinfo publications journals aims at rapid publication of high quality research while maintaining rigorous but sympathetic peer review process. Manuscripts (other than those that are of insufficient quality or unlikely to be competitive enough for publication) will be peer-reviewed by two or more experts in the fields, and a decision is returned to the authors in about one week. If due to special circumstance, the review process takes more time, authors will be informed by email. Manuscripts with significant results will be reviewed and published at the highest priority and speed. Possible decisions on a manuscript are:
* accepted as it is
* accepted after minor revision
* accepted after major revision
If minor revision is required, authors should return a revised version as soon as possible within one week. If major revision is required, authors should return a revised version within two to three weeks.
About duplicate publications
Material submitted to Bioinfo publications journals must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors submitting a contribution to Bioinfo publications journals who have related material under consideration or in press elsewhere should upload a clearly marked copy at the time of submission and draw the editor attention to it in their cover letter. If a part of a contribution that an author wishes to submit to Bioinfo publications journals has appeared or will appear elsewhere, the author must specify the details in the cover letter. Consideration by the Bioinfo publications journals is possible if the main result, conclusion, or implications are not apparent from the other work, or if there are other factors, for example if the other work is published in a language other than English.
Author is responsible to get permission from previous publisher or copyright holder if an author is re-using any part of paper (i.e., figure or figures) published elsewhere, or that is copyrighted.
The editors consider all material in good faith that their journals have full permission to publish every part of the submitted material including illustrations.
Plagiarism in manuscript
Plagiarism in manuscript is the use or close imitation of the language and ideas of another author and representation of them as ones own original published work. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.
Plagiarism in manuscript can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut and pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in Bioinfo publications journals. But minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper. The editors will judge any case of which they become aware (either by their own knowledge of and reading about the literature, or when alerted by referees) on its own merits.
If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published in Bioinfo publications journals, the journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author institute and funding agencies. A determination of misconduct will lead the Bioinfo publications journals to run a statement, bidirectionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and to provide a reference to the plagiarized material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be obviously marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.
ETHICS FOR ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS - INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
This general statement will be supplemented by instructions to authors (as well as in communications to editors and peer reviewers) relevant for each journal.
ETHICS AND PROCEDURES FOR ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS WITH BIOINFO PUBLICATIONS
The editor(s) and Bioinfo Publication of this Journal believe that there are fundamental principles underlying scholarly or professional publishing. The fundamental principles with respect to the authors' paper are that the paper should:
• be the authors' own original work, which has not been previously published elsewhere
• reflect the authors' own research work and analysis and do so in a truthful and complete manner,
• which having properly credit the meaningful contributions of co-authors and co-researchers,
• not be submitted to more than one journal for consideration (ensuring it is not under redundant simultaneous peer review for another journal), and
• be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research.
Equal importance and ethical guidelines dealing with research methods and research funding, which includes issues dealing with informed consent, research subject privacy rights, conflicts of interest, and sources of funding.
As Bioinfo Publication- while it may not be possible to draft an "ethical code" that applies adequately to all instances and circumstances, Bioinfo Publication believes it useful to outline our expectations of authors and procedures that the Bioinfo Journal will employ in the event of questions concerning author conduct. Relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.
Bioinfo Publication's policy on conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest may exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence the author’s work. A conflict of interest can be actual or potential and full disclosure to the Journal is the safest course. All submissions to the Bioinfo Journal must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. The Bioinfo Journal may use such information as a basis for editorial decisions and may publish such disclosures if they are believed to be important to readers in judging the manuscript. A decision may be made by the Bioinfo Journal not to publish on the basis of the declared conflict.
Potential conflicts of interest
At the end of the article text, under a subheading “Disclosure Statement or conflicts of interest”, all authors must disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations. Which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications, patent registrations, and research grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest possible stage.
If funding has been provided for publication of article; all sources of funding must be declared. This declaration with the heading 'Role of the funding source' should be made in a separate section of the text in the manuscript and placed before the References. Authors must describe the role of the research sponsors, if any, in research design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.
Changes to authorship
This policy concerns the new addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted articles.
Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online Bioinfo website
Requests to newly add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Bioinfo Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include:
1. The reason the name should be newly added or removed, or the author names rearranged
2. Written confirmation e-mail, fax, duly signed letter from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement of authors names. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Requests which are not sent by the corresponding author - will be forwarded by the Bioinfo Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above.
• Bioinfo Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests
• Publication of the accepted manuscript in an online Bioinfo website is suspended until authorship has been agreed
After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue
Any requests to newly add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and may result in a corrigendum.
Articles ever withdrawn from Bioinfo Publications or Bioinfo Digital Library
However, very occasionally some circumstances arise in which a manuscript is published that must later be retracted or even removed from Bioinfo Journals. Such decisions must never be taken lightly, and can only occur under exceptional circumstances, such as:
• Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions to other journals, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data.
• Legal limitations upon the publisher, copyright holder or authors
• The identification of wrong, false or inaccurate data that, if acted upon, would pose a serious health risk.
Note: * If in future any conflict of interest | Misstep | Flaw | Fluff found in article experimental data | procedure (which invalidates the conclusion), article will be immediately retracted from publication process
CrossRef DOI Linking
Two months (60 days) from the date of publication, Bioinfo Publications allots an unique Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to each articles in association with CrossRef. The period of two months is allotted to solicit any claims of copyright infringement from external agencies.
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