The mission of Impact Journals aims to maximize research impact through insightful peer-review, eliminate borders between specialties by linking different fields of oncology and biomedical science, and foster the application of basic and clinical science.
This mission cannot be accomplished without following strong ethical standards.
Scientific integrity is a crucial component of scholarly publishing. At Impact Journals, a growing industry of digital technologies, tools and ideas are constantly being added to our robust scientific integrity process.
- Presence of Ethics Statements
- Adherence to Industry Standards for Scientific Publishing
- Rigorous and Insightful Peer Review
- Elimination of Plagiarism
- Image Forensics Service
- If a problem arises post-publication, we conduct investigations following COPE guidelines in cooperation with the authors and their affiliated institution.
1. Presence of Ethics Statements
Our detailed ethical statements are publicly available and published on our journals’ websites. We encourage authors to read and follow our Code of Conduct
- Impact Journals follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- The Publisher also follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
- Publication Ethics Statements are easily accessible from the main navigation panel on the Impact Journals website at ImpactJournals.com and on our journal websites. The statements are also displayed on the author submission portal of our journal websites.
- A detailed description of the ethical guidelines can also be found in the Editorial Policies / Instructions for Authors pages of our journal websites.
2. Adherence to Scientific Publishing Standards
Impact Journals’ Editorial Policies are consistent with internationally accepted standards for best research practices and reporting.
- Impact Journals complies with the COPE Code of Conduct and adheres to its Best Practice Guidelines.
- Information about human and animal ethics can be found on the Impact Journals website and in the relevant section of our journals’ Editorial Policies web pages.
- The Publisher also follows the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki of 1975 (as revised in 2000), for all research involving human participants. All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors’ institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors in the manuscript. For research involving human participants, informed consent must have been obtained (or the reason for lack of consent explained, for example, if the data were analyzed anonymously). All clinical investigations must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki. Authors should also submit a statement from their ethics committee or institutional review board indicating approval of their research.
- Impact Journals also requires animal studies to be conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the Weatherall report on “the use of non-human primates in research”. All animal work must have been conducted according to relevant national and international guidelines. In accordance with the recommendations of the Weatherall report, we specifically require authors to include details of animal welfare and steps taken to ameliorate suffering in all work involving non-human primates. Animal studies must be approved by the authors’ Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
- All policies have a functioning link to the full text of these guidelines.
- All articles are consistent with the best practices accepted by scholarly journals. Impact Journals requires authors to follow essential publishing standards regarding data management, figure preparation, chemical nomenclature, clinical trials, and reporting. For additional information about these policies, please visit the corresponding Editorial Policies sections of our journal websites.
- All articles include the following sections (where applicable): Title, Authors, Affiliations, Contact Information, Keywords (5), Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion, Methods or Materials and Methods, Abbreviations, Conflicts of Interest, Author Contributions, Funding, References
3. Rigorous and Insightful Peer-Review
Impact Journals is committed to peer review and editorial oversight of all published content.
Impact Journals’ peer review policy statements are easily accessible from the main navigation panel on the homepage of our journal websites. For reference, please see our Publication Ethics Statements and Editorial Policies pages.
In summary: Editors select experts in the field, based on their published work. After receiving an average of 3-4 reviews (at least 2 and for some papers more than 4), Editors make decisions as to whether the paper must be rejected outright or should be returned to the authors for revision. After revision and resubmission, the Editors send the revised article and the authors’ detailed responses back to the reviewers for their comments. No more than 3 rounds of revision are allowed, after which the Editors must make a final decision. Editors do not participate in the peer review or decision-making for their own manuscripts.
Impact Journals uses single blind peer review. It is a conventional method of peer review. In this type of peer review, the authors do not know who the reviewers are. However, the reviewers know who the authors are.
Impact Journals utilizes a submission system created by eJournalPress (EJP) to facilitate the peer review process. The login portal for the submission system can be found on the journal homepage.
Testimonials from authors about the Impact Journals peer-review process can be found by visiting our Testimonials section on the Impact Journals website.
Impact Journals also uses a tracking manuscript system (JPS) created by eJournalPress to track all accepted manuscripts to maintain a quick and efficient publication process.
4. Elimination of Plagiarism
Here at Impact Journals, we take a very serious approach to the elimination of plagiarism.
- All articles must be original, and plagiarism in any form is never acceptable.
- If plagiarism is identified, Impact Journals follows COPE guidelines to investigate and rectify such issues.
- Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, any form of copying (such as text, images, data, or ideas) without proper attribution.
- We use CrossCheck, a special service provided by Crossref, to check submitted papers for plagiarism.
- If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may issue a correction or retract the paper.
5. Image Forensics
At Impact Journals, we seek to do everything we can to ensure that problematic images are not published.
- Currently, we use advanced image forensics services to check images in all submitted papers. We utilize in-house-developed as well as commercial image forensics software tools.
- We screen newly submitted papers for different irregularities, such as duplications, splitting, manipulated background etc.
- Impact Journals has also developed multiple sophisticated in-house tools to screen newly submitted tables and images against content that exists already both on the Internet and in our own journals.
We typically perform 3 types of image forensics for the papers:
1. Search for irregularities within the paper.
2. Search for image matches in other papers within our journals.
3. Search for image matches within other journals.
- We are currently applying online software (a program called Seek & Blastn) that spots incorrect gene sequences reported in experiments.
- Information about image forensics can be found in the relevant section on our Editorial Policies web page and on the author submission portals.
- In addition to these tools, we maintain our own database containing information about all questionable papers. New submissions are checked against the database during quality control. This database works in tandem with the submission process to ensure that institutions and authors who are associated with higher rates of questionable papers are “red flagged” in the submission system.
6. Post Publication Investigations
If a problem arises post-publication, we conduct investigations following COPE guidelines in cooperation with the authors and their affiliated institution.
- Any instance of unethical publishing behavior will be investigated, even if it is discovered years after publication.
- Editors/Publishers follow COPE recommendations as a guideline for ensuring that investigations are effective.
- Impact Journals maintains a subscription to PubPeer, a website that allows users to discuss and review scientific research after publication.
- While investigating an article, we also publish the statement: “This article is currently undergoing investigation.” This note remains in place until the concern is resolved.
- If an error or misconduct is confirmed, a correction or retraction is published in the journal.
- While publishing a correction, we perform additional image forensics on the new images to make sure that they are correct.
- We investigate misconduct and potential retractions in cooperation with Ethical Committees from the authors’ corresponding universities and clinical centers.
Scientific Integrity: Conclusion
Widely disseminating high-quality science is incumbent upon strong ethical standards for academic integrity.
Impact Journals continues to search for new digital technologies and new ideas to maintain and improve on the high scientific standards we strive to achieve when publishing papers.
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