Author Guidelines and Publication Ethics
International Journal of Agricultural and Statistical Sciences
(Abbreviation: Int. J. Agricult. Stat. Sci.)
An International Journal published biannually in the months of June and December every year
ISSN: 0973-1903, eISSN: 0976-3392|| Frequency: Biannual (2 Issues per year) | Nature: Print and Online | Language of Publication: English | Article Processing Charges: 300 USD | Publisher: Kirti Shree, 606/10, D.A.V. (P.G.) College Flats -251001, India, Contact details: +919458278524. E-mail: email@example.com, DOI Prefix (10.59467) | As per JCR 2023, Impact factor: 0.10|
Journal is indexed /abstracted by Web of Science, Scopus, CABI, EBSCO, NISCAIR etc.
INFORMATION TO THE CONTRIBUTORS
International Journal of Agricultural and Statistical Sciences is a biannual peer-reviewed journal devoted to publish original research/review articles in all fields of Agricultural and Statistical Sciences. Journal is available for online access since 2009.
Aim and Scope: This Journal is established with a view to cater to increased awareness for high quality research in the fields of agricultural, applied agricultural and statistical sciences and other allied fields. The Journal exclusively publishes high-quality papers that have passed an archive scientific journal's stringent peer review system.
Manuscript preparation: Manuscript should be prepared in MS Word. Manuscript should be typeset in double space on A4 size paper with the margins at the top, sides and bottom of the pages. The title page should include the article title, the name(s) and complete address(es) of the author(s) clearly indicating the name of corresponding author with his/her email id. A running title of maximum 50 characters should be indicated. An abstract should include the scope of the work and the principal findings of the paper and it should be between 200-250 words.
Manuscript should be presented in the order of Abstract, Keywords (4-6 keywords), Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflict of interest, Acknowledgements, References. Tables and Figures should have concise captions and be numbered using Arabic numerals. The Tables and Figures should also be mentioned in text.
References should be cited alphabetically and set out as follows:
Lawless, J.F. (2011). Statistical Models and Methods for Lifetime Data, John Wiley & Sons.
Royall, R. M. (1970). On finite population sampling theory under certain linear regression models.Biometrika, 57, 377-389.
Sharma, K. K. and R. S. Rana (1991). Robustness of sequential Gamma life testing procedure in respect of expected failure times. Microelectron Reliability, 31(6), 1073-1076.
Corresponding author is expected to use his/her ORCID ID when submitting an article for consideration.
Cover letter: Cover letter must contain that the article is original and has neither been published before nor it is submitted for publication elsewhere. It also must contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly and are in agreement with the contents of the manuscript.
Plagiarism: The authors must produce a plagiarism report in accordance with international standards. Manuscripts found to have pirated from another author's manuscript, whether published or unpublished, will face plagiarism sanctions.
Data Fabrication and Falsification: Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.
Scrutiny of the manuscript: All the papers submitted for publication in Int. J. Agricult. Stat. Sci. will be reviewed by at least one referee and his/her decision shall be final. However, Chief Editor retains the right to accept or reject the article. The final decision regarding the manuscript shall be communicated to the corresponding author of the manuscript.
Review Policy: This is a peer-reviewed journal with a blind peer review policy. This means that the names of Reviewers are hidden from the Authors and vice versa. Minor revisions may be handled by the Editorial board. The final acceptance of the article will be at the sole discretion of the Chief Editor.
Article Processing Charges (APC): Authors will be charged an APC. The APC is calculated based on the number of pages of publication and is based on income levels in developing countries. The APC includes a subscription of the journal to corresponding authors as preferred by authors. The APC is established based on a variety of factors, including the ability to pay for publication for those who are unassisted or underfunded, as well as production expenses (to break even) and current expenses. Waiver of APC in full or in part in some circumstances, such as those of authors/students from developing countries/overseas, is being considered. Please notify the Chief Editor once the article has been accepted. This does not apply to invited submissions. After acceptance of the paper, it is mandatory for authors to purchase print issue in which the paper is published. An amount of USD 300 for a paper has been fixed for overseas authors.
Copyright and Licensing: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not previously been published; that it is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere; and that publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as the responsible authorities at the Institute where the work was carried out. When a paper is accepted for publication, the copyright is automatically transferred to the journal. There is no need for the author(s) to transfer copyright by completing a separate copyright form.
The statements, inaccurate data, opinions and views expressed by the authors in articles are of their own and not of this journal. The editors or publishers of the journal will not be responsible for the authenticity of data and results drawn by authors.
The Journal is dedicated to adhering to the highest standards of publication ethics and to take all necessary steps against publication malpractice. Authors submitting articles to journals must affirm that their work is original, unpublished, and not being considered for publication elsewhere. In addition, authors confirm that their journal article is their own; that it has not been plagiarized, and that they have disclosed actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. We enforce this rule in a fair and forceful manner.
Journal policies on authorship and contributorship
- Authors should have the responsibility of ensuring that only new and original work is submitted.
- Authors must not reproduce work that has been previously published in other journals.
- Authors must not submit articles that are being reviewed or considered by the journal to other journals at the same time.
- Authors must notify the Editor-in-Chief of any discrepancies in their published work so that the publication can be corrected or withdrawn.
- Authors should avoid excessively citing their earlier works in order to increase the number of citations in their work.
- Authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals.
- If the authors have used the work and words of others, the author must ensure that the work and words of others are appropriately cited or quoted. Author should provide the proper acknowledgement for the work and words of others.
- Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
Journal policies on Editorship
- The Editor-in-Chief of journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the views of the journal's editorial board. The Editor in Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
- The Editor-in-Chief of the journal also ensures that each manuscript undergoes at least 'blind' peer review by a minimum of two reviewers (we are working towards double blind for some of our Journals).
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.
- Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. Our move towards double blind reviewing is aimed to help ensure this.
- The Editor-in-Chief/editors and editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
Journal policies on Reviewership
- Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors must be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information.
- Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editors in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Journal policies on handling complaints and appeals
- When a complaint is received, the journal's editorial board will acknowledge its receipt promptly and initiate an internal investigation, after which the complaint will be thoroughly reviewed by the editorial board to assess its validity and seriousness.
- If the complaint is found to be valid and related to ethical concerns, misconduct, or the peer-review process, appropriate actions will be taken.
- When handling complaints related to ethical issues, such as plagiarism or data fabrication, the journal shall follow established guidelines and codes of conduct outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- Decisions on ethical matters should be made with careful consideration of all available evidence and in adherence to the principles of fairness and objectivity
- Authors who feel that their manuscript has been unjustly rejected may have the option to submit an appeal to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Appeals will be typically reviewed by a separate panel of experts who were not involved in the initial decision-making process to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the appeal.
- The appeal should be based on sound scientific or technical grounds rather than a simple disagreement with the reviewers' feedback.
- The decision on the appeal will be communicated to the author, and this decision is usually considered final, ending the review process for that particular manuscript.
- Throughout the complaints and appeals process, the journal shall maintain clear and open communication with all parties involved.
- Authors will be informed about the status of their complaint or appeal and the expected timeline for resolution.
Journal policies on conflicts of interest / competing interests
All authors should disclose in their submission any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that could be considered to impact the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial assistance for the project should be stated.
Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility
- Journal policy on data sharing and reproducibility encourages authors to disclose and make the data that underlines their published article publicly available if it does not infringe the protection of human subjects or other legitimate subject privacy concerns.
- Authors will be further asked to cite any data used in their papers. Cited data sets should be listed in the references, regardless of whether they were produced by the author or someone else. Finally, a data availability declaration would be advised for writers to provide.
Journal’s policy on ethical oversight
Journal focuses on the ???E definition of Ethical oversight which should include, but is not limited to, policies on consent to publication, publication on vulnerable populations, ethical conduct of research using animals, ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data and of business/marketing practices. The editorial team of the publication is concerned with upholding moral standards in their work.
Journal’s policy on intellectual property
Journal policies on intellectual property typically aim to strike a balance between protecting the rights of authors and promoting the dissemination of knowledge. Common components of a journal's policy on intellectual property are:
- Authors are typically required to transfer or grant the journal the right to publish and distribute their work. According to the journal’s policy the transfer of copyright shall be full.
- The journal's policy gives rights to authors to use their work after publication for non-commercial purposes, sharing it with colleagues, or self-archiving on personal or institutional websites.
- The journal outlines how readers and other researchers can reuse or reproduce the published material which includes permission for citing and referencing the work.
- Authors are expected to submit original work, and any use of others' work should be appropriately cited and attributed.
- Authors should obtain appropriate permissions for any third-party content used in their manuscript, such as images, figures, or lengthy quotes.
- The journal's editorial team shall provide guidance to authors regarding intellectual property issues and facilitate communication with copyright holders when necessary.
Journal’s options for post-publication discussions and corrections
- If there are any post-publication corrections or retractions that are necessary, or if an article needs to be removed, these will be accompanied by a correction or retraction notice that details the errors in the article, the extent of the corrections, or the reason the article is being retracted or removed.
- Correction notices are issued to resolve relatively minor inaccuracies in the article's text. These edits are strictly limited to errors in spelling and phrasing that alter meaning, data problems, or incorrect citations in order to prevent numerous copies of the same article from being distributed. These changes are outlined in the corrections notice and the original article must be clearly linked to this notice. Corrections are usually made within a short time period after publication (typically within 7 working days).
- Retraction notifications are given when substantial mistakes that would otherwise prevent a correction from fixing an article's argument or core ideas arise. When a retraction is produced in accordance with COPE's Retraction Guidelines, a retraction notice will be published with a link to the original article and will specifically indicate which parts of the article are false or inaccurate, serving as the justification for the retraction. A ‘Publisher’s Note’ will be added to the original article linking readers to the retraction notice.
- Removals are only allowed in exceptional cases in which failing to do so would violate copyright or result in harm.?In the case of an article’s removal, the contents of the article will be removed from circulation. It will not be downloadable as a file or displayed on the article's webpage. A notice of retraction will be issued in the same manner as a standard retraction notice, and it will include the reason(s) for the article’s removal. The original article’s metadata will remain, linked to the retraction notice.