Publication Ethics

PSERJ is committed to maintaining the integrity of the published research and its presentation by abiding to the following rules of good scientific practice:

  • The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration. The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full) unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
  • The authors must make sure that there are no ethical concerns with the contents or data collection and that there is no conflict of interest with others.
  • The journal has a strict policy against plagiarism. All submitted manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using professional plagiarism-checking software. Submitted manuscripts with an unacceptable similarity index resulting from plagiarism are rejected immediately.
  • Results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation (including image based manipulation).
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased) and permissions secured for material that is copyrighted.
  • Authorship must be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the research. Authors are strongly advised to ensure that the corresponding author, and the order of authors are all correct at submission. Adding and/or deleting authors during the revision stages is generally not permitted, but in some cases may be warranted. Reasons for changes in authorship should be explained in detail. Please note that changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to manage all communications between the Journal and all co-authors, before and after publication and to make sure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the article. It is also his responsibility to ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article including the names and order of authors;
  • For transparency, we encourage authors to write an author statement section outlining their contributions to the paper using the relevant contribution roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and their roles as the following:

                            . Author1: Methodology, Software, etc….  
                            . Author2: conceptualization, original draft, supervision, etc… 
                            . Author3: review and editing, etc…

  • Authors are requested to declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that are directly or indirectly related to the work submitted for publication.
  • The authors are requested to declare any Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number) in a standard way to facilitate compliance with the funder's requirements
  • Examples of statements to be used when funding has been received:
    • Partial financial support was received from [...]
    • This study was funded by […]
    • This work was supported by […] (Grant numbers […] and […]
    • Examples of statements to be used when there is no funding:
    • The authors did not receive support from any organization for the submitted work.
  • Examples of statements to be used when there is no funding:
    • The authors did not receive support from any organization for the submitted work.
    • No funding was received for conducting this study.
  • Authors have an obligation to correct mistakes once they discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their published article. The author(s) is/are requested to contact the journal and explain in what sense the error is impacting the article. A decision on how to correct the literature will depend on the nature of the error. 

For more Information we encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on:

International Standards for Editors

International Standards for Authors

International standards for editors and authors