Editorial Policies

For journals and eBooks, the following publication policies by Bentham Science apply:


Peer Review

All submitted articles/eBook chapters are subject to an extensive peer review in consultation with members of the Journal Editorial Board and independent external referees ; usually three reviewers. All manuscripts/chapters are assessed rapidly and the decision based on all the peer reviewers comment, taken by the Journal Editor-in-Chief/ eBook Editor, is then conveyed to author(s).


Copyediting and Proofs

Articles and eBook chapters must be written in good English in a clear and correct style in order to maintain uniformity throughout the text. Articles/chapters submitted are copyedited before they are published.


Reprints

High-quality, bound/unbound, print/e-reprints can be purchased for all published articles and book chapters.


Editorial Policies

Articles/chapters must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. The principal/corresponding author will be required to submit a Copyright Letter along with the manuscript, on behalf of all the co-authors (if any). The author(s) will confirm that the manuscript (or any part of it) has not been published previously or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, any illustration, structure or table that has been published elsewhere must be reported, and copyright permission for reproduction must be obtained.


Appeals and Complaints

Authors who wish to make a complaint should refer it to the Editor in Chief of the journal concerned. For edited eBook series, the chapter contributors may direct their complaints to the Editor of the eBook. To the publisher any complaints to Jalil@benthamscience.org


Conflict of Interest

Financial contributions to the work being reported should be clearly acknowledged, as should any potential conflict of interest.


Plagiarism Prevention:

Bentham Science Publisher uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. iThenticate software checks content uploaded by a journal editorial office against a database of periodicals, the Internet, and a comprehensive article database. It generates a similarity report, including the percentage overlap between the uploaded article and published material. Any instances of content overlap are treated according to a journal's peer review integrity statement and the policies recommended by the editorial Committee. You are assured that the publisher, where you are submitting your manuscript, is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research.


Copyright and License

Open Access Plus (Subscription Journals and eBooks)

Accepted articles can be published online for free open access view. Open access publishing provides the maximum dissemination of the article to the largest audience. All corresponding authors will be asked to indicate whether or not they wish to pay to have their paper made freely available on publication. If authors do not select the Open Access option, then their article will be published with standard subscription-based access.


Copyright (Subscription Journals and eBooks)

Editors/Authors who publish in Bentham Journal/eBook will transfer copyright to their work to Bentham Science Publishers. Submission of a manuscript to the respective journals implies that all editors/authors have read and agreed to the content of the Copyright Letter or the Terms and Conditions.


Ethical Approval of Studies and Informed Consent

For human or animal experimental investigations, it is a prerequisite to provide a formal review and approval, or review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee and should be documented in your paper. For investigations undertaken on human subjects, the manner in which the informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral or written) should be stated in the Methods section.


Authors are encouraged to obtain patient consent when they use confidential case material. Consent is not necessary in the case of very brief case vignettes which do not contain identifying information or if the case material is disguised sufficiently to prevent identification of the patient.


In obtaining consent, the author(s) should discuss the purpose(s) of publication, the possible risks and benefits to the patient and the patient's right to withhold or withdraw consent. In the case of a minor patient, consent should be obtained from the parent(s) or guardian(s) and assent should be obtained from the patient.


Standard Protocol on Approvals, Registrations, Patient Consents & Animal Protection

All clinical investigations must be conducted according to the Declaration of Helsinki principles. Authors must comply with the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) with regard to the patient’s consent for research or participation in a study. Patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers must not be mentioned anywhere in the manuscript (including figures). Editors may request that authors provide documentation of the formal review and recommendation from the institutional review board or ethics committee responsible for oversight of the study.


Permissions

For Bentham Science’s policy on self- archiving of articles and related permissions policy, please refer to www.benthamscience.com/permission.php


Disclaimer

No responsibility is assumed by Bentham Science Publishers, its staff or members of the editorial board for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products instruction, advertisements or ideas contained in a publication by Bentham Science Publishers.


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