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QN Ethics and Publication Copyright
Authors’ ethical obligations towards the scientific community and QN (SBQ)
QN expects that, on submitting their papers, authors follow the ethical rules described below. Otherwise, they will be subject to sanctions that can include from suspension to access ban to submission and/or publication.
The submitting author is responsible for including in the author list the names of every researcher actually responsible for the work. It is his/her duty to inform his/her collaborators of the manuscript content and obtain their permission for submission and publication.
It is the authors’ responsibility to carefully search through the several searching sites (SCI-ISI, Scopus, Google, and so on) for all the scientific work relevant to their reasoning, whether they agree or not with the results and hypotheses presented.
Data taken from the work of researchers, other than the ones who are authors of the manuscript being submitted to QN, must be properly cited and credited. Such identification must be as detailed as possible. Privileged information, such as personal communications or discussions with a non-author, can only be cited with the explicit permission of the involved researcher.
Work fragmentation takes too much journal space and makes literature research more dificult and time consuming. A scientist who does extensive work in a system or group of similar systems should organize his/her publication so as to present a solidly based study, as complete as possible, even if it covers only one aspect of such system.
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Simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal places unnecessary extra load on the peer reviewing system, and expectations on the journal that may be deceived if an accepted manuscript is withdrawn, representing an ethical deviation which is not accepted in the SBQ Journals.
Plagiarism, defined as “the appropriation of someone else’s ideas, processes, results or words, without the proper credit” is not accepted in SBQ’s scientific journals. We consider plagiarism the word-for-word (or close to) copy of any other author’s texts or sentences. The self-plagiarism, that is, the replication of texts or data from previous works of the authors themselves, with or without the proper citation, is equally unacceptable. Reasonable repetition of some ideas and the re-ordering of one or two sentences by the authors themselves are acceptable. Word-for-word replication of data or sentences must come between quotation marks and with the due credit, in case it is essential for the discussion or contextualization of a specific set of data or hypotheses. It is equally unacceptable the suggestion of newness when the methodology or results have already been published, either by the author him/herself or by any other author.
The submitting author, with the consent of all the other co-authors, transfers the copyright of the submitted work, as well as of all its versions, to QN. In case the manuscript is not accepted or is withdrawn during the review process, the effect of this transfer ceases.
It is relatively common, in Reviews and Accounts, the reproduction of figures, schemes and photos already published in other works. However, such reproduction requires the copyright permission given by the editor house of the original work, even if these materials were published by the same authors.
It is the authors' responsibility to obtain permission from other publishers for the reproduction of any artwork from other journals to be used in Reviews, Accounts or any other type of publication. Such specific Copyright Permissions should be sent to the QN Editorial Manager by e-mail (email@example.com). Suitable acknowledgement of reproduction must be given in the captions, in accordance with the recommendations of the original editors.
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