The objective of the Journal of Genetics and Genomics is to publish high-quality scientific articles in which authors communicate their findings to peers in the international research community. The Editors and Publishing Group are committed to producing a high-quality international publication, thereby making a due contribution to the world's research literature.
This document reviews and formalizes the editorial and production policies and defines ethical publication guidelines for Journal of Genetics and Genomics . Adherence to these policies will protect the integrity of the publication process and the reputation of the journal.
This document begins with a description of editorial and ethical principles, followed by the responsibilities of authors, editors, the Editor-in-Chief, reviewers, publisher, and the sponsor. The section on publishing policy treats areas such as copyright, language of publication, the use of SI units, and advertising policy.
4. Editorial and Ethical Responsibilities
Editors are responsible for the content of articles published. In cases where Editors are concerned about the publication of specific content, they should consult with, and accept guidance from, the Editor-in-Chief. The Publisher may call to the attention of Editors and the Editor-in-Chief specific content that causes concern. However, the final decision and responsibility to publish any content rests with the Editors and the Editor-in-Chief.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Editors should avoid publishing content that is not relevant to scientific inquiry or the scientific community, or content that would bring the journal into disrepute.
Reviewers and Editors should use all means at their disposal to ensure that manuscripts involving scientific misconduct are discovered before publication. If such misconduct is discovered after publication, Editors should investigate allegations of misconduct, and take appropriate action, including but not limited to publishing retractions, informing the authors, and informing the authors' institution (see Editors, below).
Falsification of Data
Data published in the journals should be obtained according to the methods indicated, and reported accurately and completely, so that the experiments or observations can be replicated by another conscientious researcher. Alteration of methods, incomplete reporting, fabrication of data, and any other measures that would lead to erroneous conclusions, are unethical.
Duplicate Publication and Plagiarism
It is unethical for authors to publish a substantial portion of their own previously published research results in another paper or monograph without acknowledgement of such republication. This may also infringe the copyright of the original publisher.
It is also unethical to use work published by another author without attribution in a paper submitted for publication; this includes not only republication of an entire paper, but also reproduction of any portion of text, equations, figures, or tables without full attribution or permission, as appropriate. Plagiarism is a serious offence, infringing the copyright of the original publisher and the moral rights of the original author.
Any person listed as an author of a paper should have contributed substantially to the conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; should be involved in drafting the paper or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and should have approved the version to be published. Further, anyone contributing substantially to the research (as outlined above) should appear as an author. Including people who do not meet the criteria for authorship on the list of authors is unethical, as is omission of a person who meets the criteria for authorship.
All authors should be aware of submissions and decisions concerning papers of which they are authors.
All additional contributions to a paper should be indicated in Acknowledgements published with the paper.
Conflict of Interest
Reviewers and editors should recuse themselves from evaluation of papers concerning which they may have a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest may include financial interests in any aspect of a product or method under discussion, personal relationships (positive or negative) with authors, interest in competing research, or bias concerning the research.
Any paper submitted for publication that raises concern because of the potential misuse of methods, technologies or agents reported for nefarious purposes may be subject to editorial review to determine the risks and benefits to the scientific community and the public at large that may result from publication. Such review will be taken into account by the Editor(s) in making a final decision concerning publication.
• The staff of the Editorial Office is assigned by the sponsor and the Editor-in-Chief.
• The Editorial Office must ensure the confidentiality of all papers at all stages of the publishing process. Information must not be given to persons unauthorized by the authors before the publication of the paper.
• The staff of the Editorial Office must alert the Editor or Editor-in-Chief concerning any substantive changes requested by an author after acceptance of the paper, including changes in authorship or deletion or insertion of substantial amounts of material.
• The Editorial Office is responsible for guiding the authors how to prepare and submit the manuscript, and to improve their skills of scientific writing.
• The Editorial Office is responsible for facilitating the entire process from receiving the manuscript to production, which includes:
• examining the ms whether is fell in the scope of the journal, and meet the standard outlined in the author instruction; assign the ms to the appropriate Handling Editors;
• monitoring editorial processing and production timelines (turn-around times for every stage from manuscript receipt to publication).
• sending reminder and late reminders both to assigned editors and reviewers weekly.
• maintaining the typesetting and printing workflow after the manuscript is accepted for publication.
• processing data and trends every three months, which will help editors to monitor acceptance and rejection rates of specific types of manuscripts, manage the inventory of accepted manuscripts, track reviewer performance, and assess staffing needs.
• processing the annual editorial audits, which include the total number of manuscripts submitted, an acceptance rate, and the average turn-around time for all manuscripts whether they are accepted for publication or rejected.
• Finding ways to recognize the contribution of reviewers, for example, by publicly thanking them in the journals pages from time to time, providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion, etc.
• Providing guides for preparing and submitting manuscripts.
• Requiring all authors to review and accept responsibility for the content of the final draft of each paper; this may involve signatures of only the corresponding author, or all authors.
• Providing a correspondence section to allow reader response.
• Creating mechanisms to determine if the journal is providing what readers need and want (e.g. reader surveys).
• Authors have an obligation to present an accurate account of the research performed and are responsible for complete reporting of the observations made and data collected.
• Authors must relate their work to that of others, clearly attributing any and all statements, equations, figures, and tables derived from others' work to their original source, and provide complete and accurate citations so that the readers can objectively evaluate the paper.
• Authors should describe the safeguards used to meet both formal and informal standards of ethical conduct of research (approval of a research protocol by an institutional committee, procurement of informed consent, adherence to codes of ethical conduct for the treatment of human or animal subjects, and maintenance of confidentiality of personal data on patients, etc.).
• Authors must ensure that papers accepted for publication are free of any kind of prejudice, especially gender and racial stereotyping.
• Authors should avoid dividing research results into many papers, or submitting trivial reports. This practice not only multiplies the effort of Editors and reviewers, but it also requires readers to search for several publications instead of one.
• The corresponding author must warrant that all co-authors have read and approved the manuscript as submitted. When dealing with manuscripts with more than one author, the Editor assumes that the corresponding author is authorized to respond on behalf of the group.
• Authors are responsible for obtaining any formal or informal approval or clearance of the paper from their institution or company before it is submitted to the journal.
• Authors must identify the sources of all information and material obtained privately by including citations to personal communication and unpublished data.
• When a paper contains material (tables, figures, charts, etc.) that is protected by copyright, it is the obligation of the author to secure written publishing agreement. A publishing agreement must be sent to the Editorial Office before final acceptance of the paper.
• Authors are responsible for disclosing any information that may affect the acceptance or rejection of the paper. This includes indicating whether the work has been previously presented in any format (other languages, conference proceedings, abstract publication, etc.) and submitting a list of related manuscripts that the author has in press or under consideration by another journal. The paper will be considered for publication only with the understanding that it has not already been submitted to, accepted by, or published in another journal.
• Reviewers are advisors to the Editor and should serve only in their areas of expertise. A reviewer who feels inadequately qualified to evaluate a paper should decline to review the paper.
• A reviewer who cannot give an unbiased opinion about a paper because of personal relationships, competing research, financial interests, etc., should declare this bias or conflict of interest to the Editor and decline to review the paper.
• Reviewers must treat the paper as a confidential communication. If a reviewer wishes to seek expert advice from an associate, he/she should consult the appropriate Editor before proceeding. The associate must also honor the confidentiality of the document.
• A reviewer who is unable to complete the review of a paper in an appropriate time frame should notify the Editorial Office and agree on a new deadline, or decline to review the paper.
• All statements made by the reviewer must be adequately supported so that the Editor may make a well-informed decision regarding the paper.
• The reviewer should call to the attention of the Editor any failure by an author to cite relevant work by other scientists, as well as any published or unpublished papers the reviewer is aware of that would constitute plagiarism or duplicate publication.
• Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted paper should not be used for the reviewer's own research except with the consent of the author.
Once an author's paper is accepted for publication, the author transfers copyright to the Genetics Society of China and Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The journal reserves the right to charge for all forms of copying or publishing, such as copying for general distribution, for advertising or promotional purposes, for creating new collective works, or for resale.