Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Policies

The JAFES is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in publishing. In order to ensure readers and stakeholders of this commitment, the journal is guided by the following principles:

The editors of JAFES are responsible for deciding journal content.  In evaluating submitted manuscripts, all editors shall limit themselves only to the intellectual content.  It is the editors' responsibility to ensure the confidentiality of the manuscripts until publication, except in the case of suspicion of double submission.  In case the editors decide not to publish or reject a manuscript, it should not be used for any other purpose without the written consent of the author.  The editor of a submitted manuscript is also obliged to declare any conflicts of interest.

JAFES peer reviewers are experts in their respective fields, who assist the editors in making decisions on publishing a manuscript.  Like editors, the reviewers are bound to treat the manuscript received with the highest level of confidentiality, and must not use the information obtained through peer review for personal advantage.  The reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the material.

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works.  When the authors use other materials, sources should be cited appropriately.  Any attempt of plagiarism shall be followed by the rejection of the submitted manuscript.  Authors should not submit the same work or describe essentially the same research in more than one journal.  Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior, unless otherwise specified. JAFES routinely screens for plagiarism with every submitted manuscript through Similarity Check powered by iThenticate.

In order for a manuscript to be considered, reviewed or edited, all the authors will be required to accomplish, sign and submit a scanned copy of the JAFES Author Form.

Whenever applicable, there should also be a written declaration that the article had written/informed consent for publication from the involved subject/s (“Patient Consent Form”), had conformed to ethical standards for experiments on human/animal subjects, and/or had been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee (institutional and national, human and animal). In case the involved subject/s can no longer be contacted (e.g., retrospective studies, etc) after all means have been undertaken by the author, the author should state so in his declaration.