All journals published by Discover STM Publishing Ltd or its affiliates share a core set of Editorial and Publishing Policies outlined below.
Full descriptions of the policies, along with any additional, journal-specific requirements that authors must fulfill prior to publication can be found by following the journal Submission Guidelines links on website of the journal.
Best Practices in Research Reporting
All research submitted to the journal must be reported according to internationally accepted standards for the study type with ethics oversight obtained where appropriate.
Research involving regulated animals must meet internationally accepted ethics standards for the study type including but not limited to obtaining study-specific approval by the appropriate ethics committee, securing appropriate permits to conduct the research, and providing required details for studies involving non-human primates.
Human Subjects Research
Research involving human participants must meet internationally accepted ethics standards for the study type, including but not limited to obtaining study-specific approval by the appropriate ethics committee, taking steps to protect participants' privacy, obtaining informed consent and providing clinical trial documentation.
Authors, reviewers, and editors must declare potential competing interests or interests that may be perceived as such as they relate to the research. A competing interest may relate to a person or an entity and may be of a financial, non-financial, professional or personal nature.
Disclosure of Funding Sources
Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be accompanied by a declaration of all financial support received to carry out the work. The role of the funder in the research must also be declared.
Manuscripts accepted by the journal are published under a | CC BY | license.
Materials and Software Sharing
Authors of manuscripts published in our journals are encouraged to make all relevant materials and software available.
Ethical Publishing Practices
Authors of manuscripts must comply with best practices in publication ethics. We, as a publisher/journal hosting service provider, abide by the Code of Conduct as described by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aim to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.