Excellent guidelines regarding ‘Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing’ have been established by the Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors. We sincerely thank OASPA-DOAJ-COPE-WAME for this great effort. We feel that we must follow these guidelines and should publicly publish a ‘self-compliance report’ for public and scholarly scrutiny. We’ll heartily welcome any valuable feedback to improve this journal. A comment section is available below this page. We’ll be happy to receive ‘peer-review report’ regarding our journal. Thanks.
Self compliance report for Annual Research & Review in Biology
1. Peer review process
Journal content must be clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal's editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal’s peer review procedures, shall be clearly described on the journal's Web site.
Pease see the details of the peer review process here:
This journal has migrated to transparent ‘Advanced OPEN peer review’ system (in August-2012) This journal follows highly respected and transparent Advanced OPEN peer-review system, where complete peer review history and all peer review reports, associated files are published along with the paper. (Example example1, example2, example3, example4, example5, etc.).
Up to August 2015 this publisher has published more that 45000 peer review reports, associated files, etc (combined figure for total 35 journals, owned by this publisher). We hope that scholarly community will appreciate this Advanced OPEN peer-review system, which is expected to give doubtless scholarly benefit and impact to the authors, reviewers in long run. Additionally we strongly encourage “Post-publication Peer review” by our comment section. This publisher is also listed in publons. We strongly encourage all peer reviewers to post their peer review reports in publons (see https://publons.com/publisher/5994/sciencedomain-international).
We take pride on another report, which tells the strength of our peer review process. As per a report (Link) of famous Science journal (present Impact factor 31), one of our journal (British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research) passed a stringent test of quality of Peer review by rejecting a fake article (Link1, Link2, Link3). (details: http://sciencedomain.org/announcement/science-if-31-report-confirmed-the-high-standard-of-sdi-journal)
2. Governing Body
Journals shall have editorial boards or other governing bodies whose members are recognised experts in the subject areas included within the journal's scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors shall be provided on the journal's Web site.
The journal is having an established editorial board with complete affiliation of all the editors: please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/journal/32/editorial-board-members
Chief Editor of the journal is Prof. George Perry, Dean and Professor of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. We are thankful to all editors for their sincere help and support to develop this journal. Names of the editors appeared in this webpage after written confirmation from the editors by email.
3. Editorial team/contact information
Journals shall provide the full names and affiliations of the journal's editors on the journal's Web site as well as contact information for the editorial office.
The journal is having an established editorial board with complete affiliation of all the editors: please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/journal/32/editorial-board-members. All editors confirmed their joining in the board by email. All emails are digitally preserved for records.
Contact information for the editorial office is available here: http://sciencedomain.org/contact-us
4. Author fees
Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal shall be clearly stated in a place that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review or explained to authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission.
Author fee related complete information is provided prominently in the top banner link of the journal home page. Please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/journal/32
Please see the “publication charge” link: http://sciencedomain.org/page/publication-charge
Copyright and licensing information shall be clearly described on the journal's Web site, and licensing terms shall be indicated on all published articles, both HTML and PDFs.
Copyright and licensing information is clearly described on the journal's Web site:
Licensing terms is indicated on all published articles, both HTML and PDFs.
Please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/download/NzE3OEBAcGY
Please see the last page of the published paper.
6. Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - the publisher or editor shall follow COPE's guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.
We have a very strong editorial policy in place and we strictly adhere to it. We have great respect and we follow the guidelines, given by COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION ETHICS (COPE) for any publication disputes, authorship disputes, etc. For these kinds of disputes, we generally visit and follow the COPE website and author(s) are also requested to do so. Excellent guidelines, related to COPE’s Code of Conduct and its advice to tackle cases of suspected misconduct, are available in this link (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).
Please see following three pages to know the related polices followed by this journal.
a. General Editorial policy: http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy
b. Plagiarism related policy: http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy#SDI-plagiarism-policy
c. SDI Correction and retraction policy is available here: http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy#SDI_Correction_and_retraction_policy
Examples of some cases are presented below (not journal specific). Detailed investigation reports and communications are digitally archived.
1. Example 1 (http://sciencedomain.org/abstract/8409)
2. Example 2 (http://www.sciencedomain.org/abstract/8741)
3. Example 3 (http://sciencedomain.org/abstract/6115)
4. Example 4 (http://sciencedomain.org/abstract/6118)
7. Ownership and management
Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal shall be clearly indicated on the journal's Web site. Publishers shall not use organisational or journal names that would mislead potential authors and editors ´ about the nature of the journal's owner.
Ownership related information is here: http://sciencedomain.org/contact-us
Name and contact details of the publisher and owner is available in that page.
8. Web site
A journal's Web site, including the text that it contains, shall demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. It must not contain misleading information, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher's site.
Total website of the journal has been developed with huge investment, effort and care. Even to avoid similarities we are not using OJS. We have completely developed new software for the journal management. All design/code/texts/algorithm of manuscript managment, etc are also unique. But we never wanted to re-invent some already established policies. Additionally we think that uniformity of "Guideline for authors" and uniformity of "editorial policy" for all STM journals may save thousands hours of authors, reviewers and editors during manuscript preparation, peer review and editorial review. All such policies should be jointly developed by different regulatory bodies and can be placed publicly under CC BY license. Benchmarking and Uniformity of policies for STM journals, will place all STM journals in a common platform, which may facilitate fair evaluation of performance of journals. Some general established policies has been inspired by some well-known general policies. Proper citation has been provided also for the same.
Example 1: Comment Policy: http://www.sciencedomain.org/page/comment-policy
Example 2: SDI Plagiarism Policy: http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy#SDI-plagiarism-policy
Example 3: SDI Correction and retraction policy: http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy#SDI_Correction_and_retraction_policy
9. Name of journal
The Journal name shall be unique and not be one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the Journal's origin or association with other journals.
Initially this journal’s name was Annual Review & Research in Biology. As per the request of Annual Review Inc. we have changed the journal title as ‘Annual Research & Review in Biology’. Annual Review Inc. also legally agreed with this change. We have supporting legal documents for the same, which can be supplied if required. ‘Annual Review & Research in Biology’ continued as ‘Annual Research & Review in Biology’. This information is clearly presented in the home page and all other pages of the journal.
10. Conflicts of interest
A journal shall have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers and the policies should be clearly stated.
To avoid conflict of interest of, we provided guideline here: Reviewer suggestion (http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-general-editorial-policy#SDI-Reviewer-selection).
Instructions related to authors are clearly available here: http://www.sciencedomain.org/page/general-guideline-for-authors#SDI-Competing-interest
Additionally our ‘peer review form’ has a specific space where each reviewer/editor has to declare the conflict of interest. Please see the peer review form here.
Declaration of competing interest is a mandatory section of all published papers: http://sciencedomain.org/download/NzE3OEBAcGY
The way(s) in which the journal and individual articles are available to readers and whether there are associated subscription or pay per view fees shall be stated.
PDF copies of all the articles are freely available to all readers. If any author requires Journal hard copy or reprint, he/she can purchase the same with very nominal cost. Please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/page/article-reprints
Additionally journal copies as PDF can be freely downloaded from the journal website. If libraries or institutes want the hard copy of the journal, then they can purchase the journal hard-copy subscription at nominal cost: http://sciencedomain.org/page/subscription
12. Revenue sources
Business models or revenue sources (eg, author fees, subscriptions, advertising, reprints, institutional support, and organisational support) shall be clearly stated or otherwise evident on the journal's Web site.
Revenue sources are available clearly in the website (http://sciencedomain.org/page/faqs-help). Our main revenue source is Article processing charge and other sources have very small contribution in the total revenue source.
List of revenue sources:
1. Article processing charge: http://sciencedomain.org/page/publication-charge
2. Sale of journal or article reprint (Online version of the journal is completely free): http://sciencedomain.org/page/article-reprints
3. Sale of hard-copy of journal as subscription (Online version of the journal is completely free): http://sciencedomain.org/page/subscription
4. Advertisement charge: http://sciencedomain.org/page/advertisement
5. Membership: http://sciencedomain.org/page/membership-page
Journals shall state their advertising policy if relevant, including what types of ads will be considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting ads and whether they are linked to content or reader behaviour (online only) or are displayed at random.
Advertisement policy is available here (which clearly answers all these questions): http://sciencedomain.org/page/sdi-advertising-policy
14. Publishing schedule
The periodicity at which a journal publishes shall be clearly indicated.
Frequency: 15 days
Please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/journal/32/about-journal
A journal's plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content (for example, access to main articles via CLOCKSS or PubMedCentral) in the event a journal is no longer published shall be clearly indicated.
This journal is permanently archived in PORTICO. Please see this link. Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Please see here: http://sciencedomain.org/page/digital-archiving
16. Direct marketing
Any direct marketing activities, including solicitation of manuscripts that are conducted on behalf of the journal, shall be appropriate, well targeted, and unobtrusive.
Direct marketing activities, including solicitation of manuscripts that are conducted on behalf of the journal, are appropriate, well targeted. Extreme care has been taken to unsubscribe all the emails, where authors wished to do so. We employ two stage methods (both human staff as well as server based automated software) to honour all ‘un-subscription’ requests.
Disclaimer: This international journal has no connection with any scholarly society or association or any specific geographic location or any country (like USA, UK, Germany, etc). This is an independent journal run by SCIENCEDOMAIN international. Legal contact address of editorial office and other offices are available in this link.