The Asian Journal of Analytical Chemistry (AJAC) is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. Authors, reviewers, and editors are expected to adhere to the following ethical guidelines:
- All authors listed on a manuscript should have made significant contributions to the research.
- The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript.
- Any changes in authorship, including additions, deletions, or order changes, should be approved by all parties involved and communicated to the journal.
- Authors should ensure that their work is original and does not include any form of plagiarism, including verbatim copying, paraphrasing, or appropriation of ideas without proper citation.
- Proper referencing and citation of all sources used, including one's own previous works, is essential.
Data Integrity and Fabrication:
- Authors should present accurate and reliable data, ensuring that research findings are based on sound methodologies and that any manipulations or fabrications of data are avoided.
- All data, including raw data and statistical analyses, should be properly documented and made available upon request.
Conflicts of Interest:
- Authors should disclose any financial or non-financial conflicts of interest that may influence the research, the interpretation of results, or the manuscript preparation.
- Any funding sources or affiliations that could be perceived as potential conflicts of interest should be acknowledged.
Ethical Treatment of Human and Animal Subjects:
- Research involving human subjects should comply with ethical standards and obtain appropriate informed consent, and any potential risks to participants should be minimized.
- Animal experiments should follow relevant guidelines and regulations, and efforts should be made to minimize animal suffering.
- Reviewers should conduct the peer-review process objectively, providing constructive feedback and maintaining confidentiality regarding the manuscript and its contents.
- Reviewers should promptly disclose any conflicts of interest that may influence their judgment and decline to review if necessary.
- Editors should ensure the fair and unbiased handling of all manuscripts, regardless of the authors' nationality, ethnicity, gender, or institutional affiliation.
- Editors should base their decisions on the manuscript's scientific merit, relevance, and adherence to the journal's guidelines.
Corrections and Retractions:
- Authors should promptly notify the journal if they discover any significant errors in their published work and cooperate with the editors to issue corrections or retractions, as appropriate.
- The journal reserves the right to retract or correct published articles if ethical violations, errors, or misconduct are identified.
Intellectual Property Rights:
- Authors should respect intellectual property rights and obtain proper permissions for the use of copyrighted materials, including figures, tables, images, and text.
Transparency and Openness:
- Authors should provide accurate and complete information about their research, methodology, and data to allow for reproducibility and transparency.
- Authors should comply with any data-sharing policies or requirements set by the journal.
- Authors should follow the journal's formatting and submission guidelines and ensure that their manuscripts are presented clearly, accurately, and ethically.
- Proper acknowledgment of the contributions of others, including funding sources, is essential.
The Asian Journal of Analytical Chemistry takes any ethical misconduct seriously. In cases of suspected misconduct or violations of publication ethics, appropriate actions will be taken, which may include notifying relevant institutions and initiating investigations.
By adhering to these ethical guidelines, authors, reviewers, and editors contribute to the integrity, credibility, and trustworthiness of scientific research and the publication process.