Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to editorial decisions
Peer-review process is at the centre of publishing quality scientific research and helps in advancement of science by improving the quality of research and preventing publication of spurious and fake scientific data. IJPNS has stringent peer-review policy where every submitted manuscript is reviewed by at least two field experts. The reviewers shall help the Editorial Board in deciding the quality of the research article via a stringent peer-review process. It is expected that reviewers shall act promptly and complete the peer-review process in a time-bound manner. In case of non-availability, a reviewer must inform the Editor which helps the Editor in finding other suitable reviewer without delaying the process of peer-review. Reviewers must not criticize the authors personally and the focused must be on improving the quality of the manuscript by providing constructive suggestions.
The reviewers shall keep the scientific data, ideas or any other scientific advancement reported in the manuscript highly confidential and shall not discuss them with other field experts, or present them in any scientific conference or try to replicate in the lab of reviewer (s) or his/her collaborators.
Duties of Authors
Authors should report accurate and authenticate information and must follow all the moral and ethical practices while reporting the data to this journal. The methodology part of the manuscript must be sufficient to replicate the data in other laboratories across the globe. In some cases, the Editorial Board can ask the raw data during the peer-review process and the authors are expected to furnish the requested information at the earliest for a timely completion of the review process. Authors must ensure that they have provided appropriate ethical approval numbers for their animal experiments or human clinical trials. In case of human trials, a proper consent has been taken from all the participants.
Originality and plagiarism
Authors must ensure that the submitted manuscripts are free of any plagiarism and duplication and the work has not been submitted simultaneously to any other journal. Authors must give due credit to other collaborators while submitting the manuscript in the form of authorship or acknowledgment depending on the degree of involvement of the collaborators. However, they should not give authorships to undeserving researchers. The authorship is limited to individuals who have contributed significantly while designing or performing the experiments, writing or editing the manuscript, or have provided any intellectual input essential for the successful completion of the study. Submitting other researcher’s work as own work will be taken very seriously and reported to the parent institution.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Authors ensure that they have disclosed any possible conflict of interest while submitting the manuscript. A conflict of interest is a situation in which the interpretation or reporting of the data is influenced by funding source or affiliation with any particular institution or person. Some of the possible conflict of interest situations are funding from pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies to carry out “Drug-Efficacy” trails, use of patented invention in the study, shareholding in funding companies, financing of conference (travel grants) etc.
The corresponding author must ensure that the funding source (s), government or private fellowships provided to doctoral or post-doctoral students or any other help received from other subject experts, specific research facilities, individuals who helped in successful completion of the study.