Publications is committed to promoting ethical publication practices across all
our journals. Publisher is adamant on competent and efficient publication of
information by exercising systematic and comprehensive processes. Following are
some of the essential publishing ethics exercised by the publisher for all its
should work in coordination with Editors and Reviewers to ensure publication
should encourage Editors to follow code of conduct
should respect author’s identity and integrity of their research
should maintain research confidentiality during the entire publication process
publisher follows open access model, it should protect intellectual property
should take care of the issues related to publication misconduct and should
resolve adhering to the publication ethics after consulting with Journal
Editors and/or Editor-in-Chief
should distribute content in a timely manner and should provide immediate open
access to readers upon publication
should ensure that commercial issues should not affect editorial decision,
which could lead to acceptance/rejection of manuscripts
should have a well-defined article retraction
policy for authors
Rivera Publications expects authors, reviewers, editors and
others involved in publication process to safeguard the integrity of its
publication process and to alert appropriate officials to possible misconduct.
Rivera Publications expects authors submitting to and publishing
in our journals to adhere to ethical standards of scholarship and to ensure
that the work they submit for publication is free of scientific and publication
misconduct. The list of authors of the work should accurately reflect who
carried out the research, contributing authors, and others who made substantive
contributions to the work. All authors of articles submitted for publication
assume individual and shared responsibility, within the limits of their
professional competence, for the accuracy and integrity of their work.
- Republishing one's own work that has previously been published
elsewhere in the primary literature without citing the earlier publication
- Failing to specify any conflict of interest to the editor and/or
publisher that might be perceived by a reasonable person to influence one’s
- Fabricating a research report or suppressing or manipulating
- Using materials and/or content from another's work and
submitting it as own without properly attributing the source
- Providing dishonest information during or after the publication
- Submitting same, or substantially the same, article in more than
- Omitting contributing authors, those who should be otherwise
included as co-authors
Courses of Actions in case of Author Misconduct
- Withdraw the manuscript pending correction to eliminate the misconduct
- Reject the manuscript and deny its publication in Rivera
- Notify the author(s) home institution(s) of the misconduct
- If a paper has already been published, officially retract the
paper and flag any electronic version as a retracted paper
- Prohibit the author(s) from publishing in Rivera Publications
for a specified period of time, depending upon the severity of the case
- Such other action as may be determined necessary and appropriate
under the circumstances of the misconduct, provided that any report or
disclosure of a finding of misconduct or imposition of discipline shall not be
undertaken without prior consultation with legal counsel
Actions appropriate in
particular circumstances may vary depending on a variety of factors, including,
but not limited to: the severity of the misconduct, identified prior
misconduct, and the stage of the publication process at which the misconduct is
Additional Considerations and Appeals
All parties directly involved in a case of author misconduct
shall have the right to appeal a determination of author misconduct to the
Corrections and Retraction
In order to maintain the integrity of the scholarly
publication, Rivera follows a very transparent article correction policy and
reserves the right to retract articles at any stage of the process, given the
nature of the correction.
Articles are retracted during one or all of the following
- breach one of the scholarly publishing policies
- fraudulent in nature
- associated with deception in terms of ethical
codes, fake authorship claims, or duplicate submissions
- breach one of the Rivera's publishing policies,
or are fraudulent in terms of or pertaining to data representation or
While Rivera reserves the right to retract articles, the
final decision lies with the handling Editor or the Editor-in-Chief, who will
look into the matter to understand its nature and will ultimately make the decision.
Thus, we do not guarantee that an article after correcting the errors will be
reconsidered for publication in any of our journals.
For significant errors, the corrections will be published
following consent of the author and the Editor. However, for minor errors, such
as grammatical errors, which do not significantly affect the integrity, the
article will not be considered for correction.
When the corrections are related to the article following
the peer-review, they come under the following categories:
Refers to the errors made by the Publisher during
editing/typesetting or production of the article, which significantly affects
the quality and the integrity of the article or author/publisher.
Refers to the notification of the errors made by the author.
These errors significantly affect the content of the article and/or the
reputation of the journal and authors. While submitting the corrigendum, all authors
must sign the corrigendum or Letter to the Editor, informing about the
corrections and its impact on the article. However, if one or more of the
co-authors do not agree, the Editor holds the power of implementing an
amendment following consultation with the concerned reviewers.
All authors must sign the retraction, highlighting the errors
and the consequence on the article or any specific section of the article.
However, if one or more of the coauthors disagree, the Editor will then implement
the amendment after consulting with the concerned reviewers, stating the
Refers to the notification by authors of addition of
peer-reviewed materials to the article. Addenda are published when the author omits
any significant information that might have clarified the content of the paper
to reader or addition of any section following any or some of the reader's
requests. Addendum is published following the peer-review of the article and
the Editor's consent.
refers to the use of one's writings, thoughts, or inventions. While inadvertent
plagiarism can be remedied by providing appropriate attributes, major
plagiarism, where substantial sections of text are copied without providing
citations, is a serious breach of academic ethics.
strongly recommend authors to develop own content and provide citation as
deemed necessary in order to prevent cases of plagiarism, fabrication of data,
multiple submissions, and redundancy of manuscripts.
employs external search to check manuscripts for plagiarism. If a submission is
suspected of plagiarism, it will be unsubmitted and returned to the author(s).
However, in serious cases of misconduct—in the judgment of Editor(s)—Rivera reserves
the right to take any and all steps deemed appropriate, including notifying
author(s) and/or funding institute(s) and retraction of the manuscript.