Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (JMBFS) is committed to the academic community and therefore seeks to publish original work in the best possible form and to the highest possible standards.
Articles subbmitted for publication are single-blind peer-reviewed. That is mean: Reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. There are at least three or more reviewers for the total number of articles in each issue.
It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing (authors, editors, peer reviewers, publisher). The JMBFS ethic statements are based on the guidelines and standards developed and published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All documents are available free of charge on COPE website (http://publicationethics.org/).
Open Access (OA) Policy
Articles published in the Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences are freely available for anyone to access and view under an open access publishing model.
JMBFS offers Green Open Access way of publishing, without payment or embargo period. Author may voluntarily re-use his own version of the article submitted to the journal (pre-print) or the version accepted for publishing (post-print) on his own personal website or institutional repository.
Licensing & Rights
All papers published in the Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences are published under a CC-BY licence (CC-BY 4.0). Published materials can be shared (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapted (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially) with specifying the author(s).
All articles in the JMBFS are supposed to be original. Authors submitting manuscript declared that submitted manuscript is original and has not previously been published in thereof and that no part of the article has been prepared from other published material.
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, as a publisher of scholarly/scientific publications, is a member of the Crossref – Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Registration Agency of the International DOI Foundation.
As a member of Crossref, the University participate on publishers plagiarism prevention initiative and used service Similarity Check (Turnitin – database iThenticate), which helps editors compare of own submitted content/articles for originality/similarity to other published academic and non-academic content on the web.
Screening software is applicate by editors of the Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (JMBFS), too. Plagiarism control is a part of last evaluation process of manuscripts after paper submit and before the acceptance. Results this act are important for manuscript acceptation, or not. When plagiarism from 0 to 50 % has been detected, manuscript will be sent to author for content revision. In case of plagiarism detection >50 %, the manuscript will be rejected.
Types of plagiarism:
- plagiarism in the sense of the „use another person’s ideas or work and pretend that it is your own“ (Cambridge Dictionary) or „the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own“ (Oxford Dictionaries),
- self-plagiarism (re-use of significant parts of one’s own copyrighted work without citing the original source).
Peer Review Process
All articles in the JMBFS are fully peer reviewed by qualified, independed reviewers, and by the Editorial Board members, too. Single-blind review is using for consideration.
Peer review process will be made as soon as possible, and review report/conclusion with comments should be return to author(s) until to 10 weeks. Paper will be published possibly in the next issue.
- The JMBFS editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
- The JMBFS editor will accept and evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethics origin, political philosophy, religious belief or sexual orientation of the authors.
- Editors must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than stakeholders.
- Unpublished manuscripts or materials must not be used in an editors own research.
- All submitted manuscripts will be considered for publication free of charge.
- Authors attest that paper is their own, original and unpublished work.
- Authors guarantee that the manuscript it has not been copied or plagiarised (in whole or in part); a paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work; any used information resources (phrases, data, images, …) must be appropriately cited or quoted.
- Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript content. All those who made significant contribution should be listed as co-authors
- Affiliation (all authors/co-authors) and corresponding adress (main author) must be clearly stated.
- When an authors discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
- Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
- Privileged information/ideas obtained by reviewers through peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
- Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate, review should be conducted objectively.
- All suggestions and comments should be followed with supporting arguments.
The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.
This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this
journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include
(a) breach notification;
(b) right of access;
(c) the right to be forgotten;
(d) data portability; and
(e) privacy by design.
The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.
Conflicts of interest
- What is a ‘Conflict of Interest’?
Any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.
- How can I be sure if I should declare something?
Please consider the following Conflict of Interest test: is there any arrangement that would compromise the perception of your impartiality or that of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?
- Who should make the declaration?
The corresponding author is expected to obtain the relevant information from all co-authors.
- How should the declaration be made?
Most journals require a declaration of any Conflict of Interest to be included in the manuscript upon submission. This information will be available to the Editors. If your manuscript is published, this information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.
Depending on the journal, you may also be asked to submit signed Conflict of Interest form(s) if your article is accepted for publication.
In both cases the corresponding author has to be in a position to report for all co-authors.
- What happens if I do not know about any potential Conflict of Interest for my co-authors?
On submission any potential Conflict of Interest should be clearly stated for each author – the Editors reserve the right to require further information before the paper is reviewed. As corresponding author it is your responsibility to confirm with your co-authors whether they have any conflicts to declare. If you are unable to do this you will need to co-ordinate the completion of written forms from all co-authors, and submit these to the editorial office before the manuscript can be processed.
- Are referees and editors covered by a similar code?
All referees are either asked to decline to review a manuscript if they have a potential conflict or declare any potential conflict.
All Editors have submitted a Conflict of Interest statement to the publisher or society. Editors would not handle the review of a manuscript if there was a potential Conflict of Interest, and instead would pass it on to another editorial colleague.
Statement of Human and Animal Rights
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
Informed Consent Statement
Any research article describing a study involving humans should contain this statement. Please add “Informed consent was obtained from all subjects involved in the study.” OR “Patient consent was waived due to REASON (please provide a detailed justification).” OR “Not applicable” for studies not involving humans. You might also choose to exclude this statement if the study did not involve humans.
Written informed consent for publication must be obtained from participating patients who can be identified (including by the patients themselves). Please state “Written informed consent has been obtained from the patient(s) to publish this paper” if applicable.
JMBFS’s Privacy Philosophy
We collect and use, and may from time to time supply third parties with, non-personally identifiable information as anonymous, aggregated user data for the purposes of site usage analysis, quality control and improving the JMBFS Web Sites. We use temporary „session“ cookies to maintain information we need to have in order for you to view articles and browse from page to page. We use „persistent“ cookies to give you a more personalized browsing experience and to help you navigate the Site more efficiently. In all cases in which cookies are used, the cookie will not collect personally identifiable information except with your explicit permission. You can prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether by accessing your browser’s preferences menu.
Collection and Use of Information
We sometimes request users of the JMBFS Web Sites to provide personally identifiable information. The information collected from a user is strictly voluntary. In order to access certain content and to make use of the advanced personalization features of the JMBFS Web Sites, you must register and obtain a personal User Name and Password. If you register, you may be asked for your contact information, such as your name, e-mail address, postal address, and country of residence („Personal Information“). Personal Information can only be retrieved by supplying the correct User Name and Password that is linked to your profile.
The JMBFS Web Sites may provide you with comment boards and/or other opportunities to post information and interact with other users. In the event you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information using such services, that information, along with any substantive information disclosed in your communication or post, can be collected, correlated and used by third parties. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of JMBFS. JMBFS does not monitor or review the contents of any comment board message or other interactive posting option available through the JMBFS Web Sites.
How Personal Information Is Used
We use the Personal Information that you provide for completion and support of the activity for which the information was provided, such as allowing access to or delivery of our products or services or responding to your requests or inquiries.
We also may use the Personal Information for JMBFS Web Sites and system administration, such as for the technical support of JMBFS Web Sites and their computer system, including processing computer account information, information used in the course of securing and maintaining JMBFS Web Sites, and verification of JMBFS Web Sites activity by JMBFS Web Sites or their agents; tailoring or customizing content or design of JMBFS Web Sites during a single visit to an JMBFS Web Site and individualized personalization of JMBFS Web Sites on repeat visits; research and development to enhance, evaluate and improve JMBFS Web Sites and our services; analysis to create a profile used to determine the habits, interests or other characteristics of users for purposes of research, analysis and anonymous reporting, and communicating with you about changes or updates to JMBFS Web Sites or, with your consent, special offers or promotions. JMBFS will not share your email address with any third party without your consent. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to opt out from special offers and promotions to which you may have previously consented.
A Special Note about Children, Children’s Privacy and Our Compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the JMBFS Web Sites are intended for general audiences. JMBFS does not intend to collect any Personal Information from children under 13 years of age, unless we believe such collection to be permitted by law. Our JMBFS Web Sites target an audience that is over the age of 18 and some content may not be appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision is recommended. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 and believe that he or she has disclosed Personal Information to us, please contact JMBFS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon request, the parent or guardian of a child under 13 may review and request the deletion of such child’s Personal Information, as well as refuse to permit the further collection or use of such Personal Information.
Our Commitment to Data Security
We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore, we endeavor to keep your Personal Information confidential. The Personal information about each user is stored on servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secure data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of Personal Information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of the Personal Information submitted to us nor for your or third parties‘ use or misuse of Personal Information.
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