We strictly adhere to the criteria specified by COPE, OASPA, DOAJ, WAME and ICMJE for an ethical practice in scholarly publishing under the principle of transparency. At each stage of the editorial process, we ask all editors to follow the criteria outlined below:
We recommend that editors refer to the Responsible Research Publication: International Standards for Editors throughout the editorial process.
The main responsibility of academic editors is to provide academic advice to the journal, thereby guaranteeing the scientific quality of publications, supervising the editorial process, and representing the journal in academic communities, etc. Specific duties of the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board and Guest Editor can be found at Join Us.
Making decisions (approving or declining publication) on manuscripts is one of the major duties of academic editors in upholding the scientific quality of a journal. Approving publication of a given manuscript can only be performed by academic editors from the journal who are acting independently from the editorial office.
When making a decision on a manuscript, academic editors must check:
Academic editors make their decisions on manuscripts based on peer review reports and their own expertise considering the manuscript's importance and contribution to the science of their field. They are entitled to make a decision that conflicts with reviewers' recommendations based on their own understanding of the study. In this case, justification is compulsory.
When reviewers report back with conflicting recommendations, or authors submit a rebuttal to review comments, academic editors must look into the dispute in person, and then make an independent and as objective a decision as possible.
Managing Editors and Assistant Editors
Managing editors and assistant editors closely support academic editors in relation to the editorial aspects, e.g., ensuring a reasonable progress of the journal, coordinating the primary contact connecting authors, reviewers and academic editors, organizing peer review, and maintaining a professional, rigorous and efficient editorial process.
Production editors are responsible for language editing, copy editing, format conversion, and online publication. If any editing might affect the expression or meaning of any part of the content, production editors should notify the authors for confirmation prior to publication.