1. Research articles: Original research in various fields of botany will be evaluated as research articles.
2. Research notes: These include articles such as preliminary notes on a study or manuscripts on a plant physiology and new records.
3. Reviews: Reviews of recent developments, improvements, discoveries, and ideas in various fields of plant biology will be requested by the editor or advisory board.
4. Letters to the editor: These include opinions, comments relating to the publishing policy of the International Journal of Secondary Metabolite, news, and suggestions. Letters are not to exceed one journal page.
IJSM Publication Ethics Policy
We expect all authors to read and understand our ethics policy before submitting to our journal. This is in accordance with our commitment to the prevention of ethical misconduct, which we recognize to be a growing problem in academic and professional publications. It is important to note that most incidents of plagiarism, redundant publication, copyright infringement or similar occur because of a lack of understanding, and not through fraudulent intent. Our policy is one of prevention and not persecution. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial office.
Plagiarism Policy of IJSM
Author(s) should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas and knowledge from information derived from sources. Quotations must be placed properly and must be cited fully. All paraphrased material must be acknowledged completely. Submitted articles will be scanned by plagiarism detection software (iThenticate) to check a paper's originality before sending out for review.
Before and/or in submission process, author(s) should;
Ensure that all researched work submitted is original, fully referenced and that all authors are represented accurately. The submission must be exclusive and not under consideration elsewhere.
Provide accurate contact details for a designated corresponding author, who shall be deemed by the publisher and editor as fully responsible for the authorship of the paper and all communications concerning the ethical status and originality of the paper. This includes any queries or investigations that may arise, pre- or post-publication.
Openly disclose the source of all data and third party material, including previously unpublished work by the authors themselves. Anything that could compromise the originality of the submission should be expressly avoided and/or discussed with the editorial office in the first instance.
Identify any third party material that they intend to include in their article, and obtain written permission for re-use in each instance from the relevant copyright holders. Such permissions should be submitted once the manuscript is accepted, or requires small changes to be accepted.
Openly disclose any conflict of interest - for example, if publication were to benefit a company or services in which the author(s) has a vested interest.
Expect to sign a copyright assignment form on acceptance of their work, which will assume that the author is empowered to assign copyright to the Publisher.
Expect the editor to scan submissions using plagiarism detection software at iThenticate to check a paper's originality before sending out for review.
Fully correspond and comply with the editor and publisher in any requests for source data, proof of authorship or originality in a timely manner, providing reasonable explanation for discrepancies or failures to disclose vital information.
Fully co-operate with any consequent investigations if the editor and/or publisher are dissatisfied with the evidence available or the explanations provided.
Expect transparency, efficiency and respect from the publisher and the editor during the submissions process.
Remain in good communication with both the publisher and the editor.
When necessary, submit corrigenda in a timely and responsible fashion.
Co-operate fully with the publication of errata and with the retraction of articles found to be unethical, misleading or damaging.
Remain in good communication with the editor(s), the publisher and any co-authors.
In reviewing and publication process, editor(s) should;
Protect the reputation of the journal and published work by only publishing content of the highest quality and relevance in a timely and responsible manner.
Carry out thorough, objective and confidential peer review for original article submissions that pass the initial quality check and editorial assessment.
Detail and justify any article types which will not be peer reviewed (e.g. editorials, opinion pieces etc.).
Provide a transparent review and publication process as far as is possible, with full respect and care paid to the author(s).
Provide advice and give reasonable explanation and updates to authors during the submissions process and once a decision has been made.
Allow authors the right to appeal any editorial decision.
Only accept papers based on the original merit, quality and relevance of their content.
Support authors in queries concerning the originality of their submissions.
Advise the publisher of any third party material which has been included for which they do not believe sufficient permission has been cleared.
Be ready and prepared to publish corrections, corrigenda, errata when necessary, as well as retract articles that deem unethical, misleading or damaging.
Remain in good communication with both the publisher and the author(s).
In review process, reviewers should;
Adhere to IJSM policy of confidential peer review of their journals. This includes, but is not restricted to, keeping their identity hidden from authors and not externally distributing any work that is passed to them for their eyes only.
Only accept invitations to review work that is relevant to their own expertise and specialty.
Review submitted work in a responsible, impartial and timely manner.
Report any suspected ethical misconduct as part of a thorough and honest review of the work.
Avoid the use of unnecessarily inflammatory or offensive language in their appraisal of the work.
Accept the commitment to review future versions of the work and provide 'follow up’ advice to the editor(s), if requested.
Seek advice from the editor if anything is unclear at the time of invitation.
Remain in good communication with both the publisher and the editor.
The journal release two issues in a volume (year): January and July. The full articles are published on-line one month before the date of release.
All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two anonymous referees.
When necessary, the referees’ criticism and suggestions may be sent to the authors for them to be able to revise or make the suggested corrections.
The journal release two issues in a year: January and July. The full articles are published on-line one month before the date of release.