Ethics in Research & Publication offers young researchers guidance on the most proficient method to avoid misconduct and recommended reading about research and publication ethics. The program is a collaboration of an autonomous board of experts in research and publishing ethics.


General guidelines :

  • External editor and internal publishing contact might as well should always coordinate
  • If complaints come into Herald Scholarly Open Access through any source other than the publishing contact, the publishing contact should be contacted immediately

Eventually, who is the decision maker regarding how to resolve and handle the complaint?


External journal editor:

As to the merits of the claim (plagiarism, scientific procedures, context of dispute, former reported research, background of parties).

  • Possibly in conjunction with other co-editors, members of the editorial board or society, peer reviewers, experts in the field chose by the editor.
  • Possibly in conjunction with the 'other journal' editor or publisher.
  • Herald may need to be involved to help report the dispute and its resolution and to furnish authority help every now and then:
  • Use the methodology illustrated in this report.
  • Professional judgment of publishing contact or their manager about what 'best practices' are regarding the objection made and its resolution.
  • Professional advice of one kind or an alternate (Obtain opinion external expert? Legal adviser?)

When is an ethics complaint a "legal" matter that requires Herald Scholarly Open Access legitimate review/support? The "obvious" times:

  • Formal legal complaint or brief filed in court.
  • Letter from attorney representing an "oppressed" party.
  • A complaint is made about the infringement of a lawful right, such as copyright, ethical rights, or a right of privacy.


The less evident times:

  • Plausible (from a investigative point of view) clashing cases from several parties which cannot be resolved by the editor through the methods and procedures delineated herein.
  • Where comment is made in a notice, representation of concern, corrigendum, or withdrawal could be acknowledged defamatory.


Documenting the complaint/dispute

The publishing contact may as well dependably help the editor to record and archive the claim:

  • Prepare 'incident report' with all factual questions (who, what, when, where, why) managed.
  • For plagiarism and duplicate publication issues, obtain the respective texts/articles.


Due methodology for our authors

When the complaint is made against our author, general principle will be that the journal editor might as well contact the author about whom a complaint has been made, and the author be given the chance to respond/comment. The editor may decide on the basis of the author response.


Involve other bodies or agents?

Consider whether there are other bodies or agents that could or ought to be involved:

  • For plagiarism and duplicate publication, the other publisher or journal involved in publishing the other text.
  • For authorship and fraud claims, the institutions where the research was directed.
  • For bias or unfair/inappropriate competitive acts, institutions that employ the asserted wrong-doer.
  • For conflicts of interest disclosure matters and violation of research standards, subsidizing organization or employing institutions.
  • Note that we would not fundamentally be bound by a finding of an institution or agency if such finding is not deemed reasonable by the editor.


Responsibility to our authors

In spite of the fact that these methods by and large accept that it is our publication and author or co-authors that are whined about, it is possible that our authors will raise a complaint with us about an alternate

Publication or Author:

Usually this ought to be a contact made by the journal editor to the editor of the other journal straightforwardly.



  • In numerous cases, the communication of the complaint to the author and/or the authors institution will in and of itself is considered as a critical approval.
  • Other remedies may include:
  • Publication of a notice, corrigendum or failure in a future issue (which could likewise take the type of an 'expression of concern')
  • Formal withdrawal of the article (watermarking the article to demonstrate it has been retracted and publication of a notice as to the reason.
  • Formal evacuation of the article (the genuine cancellation from the electronic record, a remedy suggested just for material that invades a subject's privacy or could cause genuine damage).
  • Publication of an editorial concerning the ethical issues raised and the journal's decision concerning the issues.
  • Decision by the editorial board on future submissions by the author or author group.
  • All assents ought to be acknowledged and weighed deliberately by the editor-in-chief.

As a Herald's editor, you provide an invaluable service and we strive to offer you the support and assistance you need. Your primary and vital line of help is with our publishing staff. Staff in the production, marketing and circulation branches stay in touch with your publishing contact, who deals with the entire publication process for your journal.

Editors are upheld by a group of contacts at Herald:


  • Your primary contact
  • Responsible for the by and large achievement of the journal
  • Long-term journal strategy and execution of the strategy
  • Responsible for appointing/replacing Editors and Editorial Board members
  • Supporting Editors and Editorial Board members in their activities by sending updates on key performance indicators, journal statistics, arranging teleconferences and physical meetings where possible, analyzing competitive situation, developing content ideas
  • Arranges the journal's finances, including editors payments
  • Develops plans for Special Issues, in collaboration with the editor
  • Advises on any publishing ethics issues
  • Supports processing procedure from acceptance to publication, both in print and electronically
  • Communicates issue due dates to Editors
  • Supports authors throughout production process, guaranteeing articles are typeset, corrected and published in convenient manner, according to minimum standards
  • Implements any redesign to print journal


Marketing Manager

  • Joint responsibility for marketing plans together with Publisher
  • Implements marketing plans, using a combination of online, print and physical channels
  • Increases the journal's profile utilizing websites, online networking, RSS feeds, search engine optimization and email communications
  • Evaluates marketing actions and develops effective techniques

Herald is persistently taking a shot at publishing innovations that help authors enrich their articles and researchers pick up deeper bits of knowledge and reach inferences all the more rapidly.

Some of the content innovations we have been adding to our journals incorporate article-based publishing and highlights.


Supporting Authors

We realize that many of you frequently receive questions from authors submitting to your journals. On contact@heraldsopenaccess.us, we have various data pages intended pages designed to support authors and help them to effectively finish the submission process.

Authors Home contains a step-by-step guide to getting articles published in a Herald's journal. There is handy data on the best way to:

  • Prepare a paper
  • Submit a paper
  • Track its progress

Whether an author is published with Herald or any other publisher, we hold ourselves and our partners to the most elevated norms of moral conduct, obligation and legitimate commitment. We recognize that access to quality research is crucial to the established researchers and beyond.


Editorial Board

The Editorial Board, sometimes known as the (Editorial) Advisory Board, is a team of individuals in the journal's field. Some individuals may also belong to the Editorial Boards of other journals. The Board's role consists of:

  • Expertise in topic
  • Reviewing submitted manuscripts
  • Advising on journal policy and scope
  • Identifying subjects and conferences for special issues which they may likewise help to organize and/or guest edit
  • Attracting new authors and submissions
  • Ideally submitting some of their own work for consideration.


The Editorial Board is selected by the Editor(s) -

with counsel from Associate Editor(s) where appropriate - and with info from your publishing contact. A journal's Board by and large experiences a complete update twice in consistently, and furthermore, includes removing some individuals, inviting others, and renewing some existing members for another term.

You can likewise make changes to the Board between these revision periods; for example: Board members will sometimes resign and you may choose to either swap them immediately hold up for the amendment.

The quality of a journal is judged to some degree by the composition of its Editorial Board. There is no ideal size for a Board; it will fluctuate between subjects and journals.

  • The location of the Board members should represent the full geographical appeal of the journal
  • Board Members expertise should represent the complete range of subject areas covered by the journal's scope
  • Representatives ought to be appointed from key research institutes; your publishing contact can furnish you with a report detailing the most prolific authors, institutes, and geographical locales.
  • Former Guest Editors of special issues and authors of key reviews
  • Non-Board member reviewers whose reviews are of a high standard and/or who have shown an interest towards the journal
  • Prestigious Board members who may enhance the notoriety of the journal
  • Ask existing Board members to propose any of their peers whom they consider would be a benefit. Board members who retire themselves will be happy to make proposals.
  • Requests from individuals who want to be appointed. Your publishing contact will be able to help you to survey the quality of candidates whom you might not know personally.


Guest Editors

Guest Editors assume a crucial part in guaranteeing the quality of special content publications. A special content publication could be a Special Issue, Supplement or Procedia. When editing a special content publication, a Guest Editor will be relied upon to:

  • Act in similarity with general publishing and journal specific policies
  • Ensure that articles included in publications reflect paramount and/or emerging work in the field of study
  • Select the highest quality articles from the best researchers in the field
  • Oversee the peer review process and be the point of contact for reviewers
  • Develop and maintain timelines to ensure publication occurs in a timely fashion

A Guest Editor will typically follow these five steps for publishing a Special Issue:

  • Submitting a proposal
  • Soliciting papers
  • Handling submitted papers
  • Production
  • Publication

Guest Editors can boost the effect of Special Issues by choosing from several options to promote their issues. More data on promotional options for Special Issues could be found here.


General Obligations for Editors

  • An editor may as well give fair-minded attention to all manuscripts offered for publication, judging each on its benefits without regard to race, gender, religious conviction, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political reasoning of the author(s).
  • An editor should process manuscripts instantly.
  • The editor has complete obligation and power to acknowledge a submitted paper for publication or to reject it. The editor may consult with different editors or referees for an assessment to use in settling on this choice.
  • The editor and the editorial staff should not disclose any non-public information about a manuscript under consideration to anybody other than referees and potential referees. Referee reports and referee identity could be shared with another editor if the processing of the submission is transferred.
  • An editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  • Editorial responsibility and authority for any manuscript authored by an editor and submitted to the editor's journal ought to be appointed to some other qualified individual, such as alternate editor or a cohort editor of that journal. Editors might as well avoid circumstances of genuine or discerned conflicts of interest. If an editor decides to participate in an ongoing scientific debate within his journal, the editor might as well mastermind some other qualified person to take editorial responsibility.
  • Editors should avoid situations of real or perceived conflicts of interest if the relationship would might predisposition judgment of the manuscript. Such conflicts may include, yet are not restricted to, handling papers from present and former students, from colleagues with whom the editor has as of late worked together, and from those in the same institution.
  • Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations unveiled in a submitted manuscript ought not to be utilized as a part of an editor's own research except with the consent of the author.
  • If an editor is presented with persuading confirmation that the main substance or conclusions of a paper published in an editor's journal are erroneous, the editor should encourage publication of an appropriate paper pointing out the error and, if possible, revising it.


Manuscripts submitted as a Letter to the Editor

  • Should relate to a paper previously published in a Herald's journal, or address an issue of wider concern within the scope of the journal
  • May contain figures and tables
  • Have references formatted in the Herald Scholarly Open Access style.

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