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Publication Standard and Policy - Publication Standard and Policy

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Publication Standard and Policy
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B. Responsibilities of Manuscript Authors

a. Peer review is essential to scientific and technical discourse. Authors are encouraged to have the first formal publication of their results be a peer-reviewed paper.

b. Financial support of the work being reported and of the authors should be clearly acknowledged, as should any potential conflict of interest.

c. Methods and materials should be described in sufficient detail to permit evaluation and replication.

d. All data should be presented upon request by the editor, to facilitate the review process.

e. Authors have an obligation to correct errors promptly.

f. JASTER defines plagiarism as the use of someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results, or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences.

g. Fabrication and falsification are unacceptable.

h. Authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If authors have used their own previously published work(s) as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s).

Note: Authors should not discuss any aspect of a manuscript under evaluation with reviewers of the submitted manuscript.

i. Only those articles of a researcher’s publication record that are directly relevant to the subject matter of the paper under consideration should be included in the bibliography. Furthermore, an article should be appropriately labeled as "submitted" when still in the review process or "in press" when it has been accepted for publication but has not yet appeared in print

j. JASTER assumes that the material submitted to its journals for publications is properly available for general dissemination to the readership of those journals. It is the responsibility of the authors, not the JASTER, to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it. If authors make use of charts, photographs, or other graphical or textual material from previously published material, the authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to use the material in the manuscript.

C. Referees of Manuscripts

a. Referees should be chosen for their high qualifications and objectivity regarding a particular manuscript.

b. Reviews should be prompt and thorough.

c. Anonymity of referees should be preserved to the extent possible.

d. Information contain in a manuscript under review is confidential and must not be shared with others, nor should referees use non-public information contained in a manuscript to advance their own research or financial interests.

D. Editors of JASTER

a. The sole responsibility for acceptance or rejection of a manuscript rests with the editor.

b. Editors should generally grant the request of an author who asks that particular individual(s) be excluded from the review of a particular manuscript.

c. Editors should establish a review process that minimizes bias.

d. Editors should subject all manuscripts of a given type to equivalent and unprejudiced reviews. Decisions about acceptance for publication should occur in a reasonable time frame, and (except for issues devoted to special topics) manuscripts should, to the editor’s best ability, be published in the chronological order of acceptance.

e. Editors should provide to the authors a written rationale for editorial decisions regarding a manuscript submitted for publication. This is especially important if the manuscript is being rejected.