Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Guidelines

Authors’ Guide / Authorship Policy

 

According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Authorship credit should be based on,

1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work;

2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;

3. Final approval of the revision to be published;

4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

In addition to this, an author should also be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for other specific parts of the article. Therefore, the authors should have the confidence of integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.

Those who meet the above 4 criteria are designated as authors and the ones who do not meet the above criteria but indirectly helped the authors in the production of the study should be recognized in the acknowledgements section of the manuscript.

Manuscript Formats

For more details on manuscript formats, please refer below:

Conflicts of Interest Policy

We recommend the authors to fill the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest form which is available at http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/ and send it to us along with the submission. Also, ensure that you add a Conflicts of Interest (COI) Statement soon after the Conclusion or Acknowledgements section.

Rejection Policy

The submitted manuscripts can be rejected during the following two stages of the review:

1. Editorial review – if found plagiarized, fabricated, un-related topic of choice or falsified.

2. Peer review – depends on the Editor-in-Chief/Associate editor/Editorial board members decision.

The peer reviewed rejected manuscripts are usually retained along with the referees comments and editorial decision in our system for any future conflicts of interest, as a proof and ensure that it will not be misused and will only be disclosed to help answer future questions should they arise.

Retraction Policy

Retraction of a manuscript from an issue or archive is to be decided by an author, corresponding author and coauthors, authors’ institution and any other agency.

The retraction decision is usually made due to falsification, fabrication or plagiarism. It should be immediately notified to our Journals’ staff or the Editors by submitting a written and signed formal letter.

If none of the authors agree to publish a signed retraction then the editor may issue a retraction on behalf of the Journal. Once the article completes its formalities, the article will be labeled as “Retracted article” or “The Article Has Been Retracted” prominently placed on top of the online link and on the each page of the article.

Retraction should never be used in case of typical unintentional errors; instead they should be corrected appropriately. In some cases, due to errors in calibration or poor instrumentation during the experimentation the data may result in serious and pervasive errors. In such cases, we suggest the corresponding author to publish a retraction notice and publish a replacement article.

Copyright Policy

Openventio Publishers follows a non-exclusive copyright licenses as created by Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License term which permits to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, translate and reprint the article in any medium or format, provided the original work is properly cited.

The authors are requested to enclose a copyright transfer statement that they “transfer, assign, or otherwise convey all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the journal, in the event that such work is published by the journal along with their submission”.

Participants or Patients Informed Consent Policy

In order to protect the identity, safety and dignity of the participant or a patient involved in the study protocol, clinical investigation, original research, academic institution or grant agencies should be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB approval statement is to be compulsorily included in all the research level of articles.

IRB review and approval is exempted to the study which does not expose participants to physical, social, or psychological risks and does not permit identifiable of individual living participants.

A formal informed consent should be obtained if the article contains photographs of any identifiable part of the body or whole human participant. We kindly request the author(s) to retain the signed informed consent copy and shall produce it upon request by our editorial board member, reviewer board member or editorial staff (if applicable). The patient/participant consent form is available here.

An informed consent statement should be added in the article during submission.

Animal Use and Welfare Policy

All materials related to animal use in their experimentations must adhere to the below ethical standards concerning animal welfare.

Animal Ethics and Welfare Guidelines. Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with relevant legislation;

Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;

For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent;

Sign a letter certifying that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study;

Specify in Materials and Methods the ethical review committee approval process and the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines followed.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript rejection. Manuscripts and authors that fail to meet the aforementioned requirements; Studies that involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals;

The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical or welfare concerns.

Article Processing Charge (APC) and Waiver or Discount Policy

Open Access Model in the recent years has changed the practice of charging the readers to view/read the published article to imposing the Article Processing Charge (APC) from the authors upon publication of their article. This model has benefited the scientific community to view the articles without any money barriers so that they read and further investigate or research to advance the science rapidly.

Openventio Publishers follows author pay system so as to cover our production expenses which involves editorial review, double blinded peer review process, styling, editing, formatting, maintaining, and archiving services. APC is imposed at the beginning of the publication process and its flat rate varies according to the type of article for all our Open Journals.

Country Type
Research-based
Review-based
Case-based
Short type articles
High Income
$1027 USD
$827 USD
$727 USD
$527 USD
Middle Income
$727 USD
$527 USD
$427 USD
$327 USD
Low Income
$527 USD
$327 USD
$227 USD
$127 USD

Authors who frequently publish could opt our membership subscription to submit their work with their full APC covered throughout their subscription period. For more details about membership, please click here.

*Please note that payments made through bank transfer and check will be charged at $50 USD extra.

*Apart from the APC, an additional $100 USD will be applicable for language editing, irrespective of the article type.

*For articles withdrawn after the Pre-Quality Assessment (PQA), $127 USD will be imposed as compensation.

Imp Note: Since the waiver scheme for 2017 has exceeded beyond the quota, authors are requested to note that no waivers will be provided on submitted articles until the renewal of the scheme.

The elaborated rules, protocols, entitlement, etc., for the grant of discount or waiver are stated below:

Students/Scientists/Authors requesting for waiver/discount would be entitled only if they can provide corroborate either from the Principal/Dean/Chief or Head of the Department of the Institution stating the reason as lack of funding from government organizations/ departments/private organizations.

The evidence should be original. Only PDF format would be accepted.

The above should be sent along with the manuscript during submission.

For further clarifications on the above, you can contact us at contact@openventio.org.

Compliant to ICMJE Standards

Openventio strongly encourages that all the author(s) or contributor(s) who intend to submit should follow the standards of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) – Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Web site: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf. Updated December 2014, Accessed December 2015.

For any further reading about the standard editorial guidelines, please refer AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors.

Scientific Misconduct Policy

Openventio strongly opposes any scientific misconduct from the authors such as misrepresentations: fabrication, falsification, omission; misappropriations: plagiarism and breaches of confidentiality; manipulation, etc.

To strictly avoid such malpractices we follow an editorial pre-quality assessment procedure before the article is stepped into the peer-review assessment stage. In the editorial pre-quality assessment stage we analyze the submitted articles in two stages:

1. Plagiarism check from online software;

2. Ethical and legal statements check such as copyright statement, ethical institutional review board approval statement, informed consent statement, conflicts of interest statement, animal ethics board approval statement, authorship statement, funding source statement, unique data statement, etc.

Any article which does not fulfill the above requirements will be immediately rejected and ceased from any further processing by the editorial staff.

Reviewers’ Guide

The reviewer should agree to handle the manuscript only when the topic of the manuscript falls under his/her subject expertise.

The reviewers should have the subject expertise for the proper assessment of the assigned article. The reviewers are asked during the assessment of the article if they have any Conflicts of Interest (COI) that would complicate or bias the decision making of the article.

The reviewers can reject to review the manuscript upon the assignment, should there be any prior commitments, health, time or any other related issues.

The comments should be constructive without any defamatory or libellous personal statements.

The reviewers are anticipated to timely send their feedback and in case of any delay due to personal constraints, should inform to the Journals’ staff beforehand and request for either withdrawal or a time extension.

In case, if the reviewers have received incomplete or missing files, they are requested to immediately inform the same to the journals’ staff. The reviewers should disclose the COI of any kind to the Journals’ staff to rescue themselves from any future conflicts.

The reviewers must not use the knowledge of the subject of the assigned article before its publication for their own interests or private gain.

To join our registered reviewers list, please click the following link: http://openventio.org/ReviewerRegistration/Reviewersregistration.php