Rivera 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 journals:
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.
Courses of Actions in case of Author Misconduct
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 discovered.
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 Publications Council.
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 instances:
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 the 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 to implement an amendment following consultation with the concerned reviewers.
All authors must sign the retraction, highlighting the errors and the consequences 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 dissenting coauthor.
Refers to the notification by authors of the 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 the reader or the addition of any section following any or some of the reader's requests. An addendum is published following the peer-review of the article and the Editor's consent.
At Rivera Publications, we understand that there are instances when it becomes necessary to withdraw a submitted manuscript from consideration for publication. We deeply appreciate the dedication and effort that authors invest in their work, and our commitment is to ensure a transparent and respectful process for manuscript withdrawal.
Author notification: If an author wishes to withdraw their manuscript from consideration, it is imperative that they notify the editorial office as promptly as possible. This notification should be made through an official withdrawal request sent via email.
Reason for withdrawal: While providing a reason for withdrawal is not obligatory, we highly value authors who share their rationale. This practice helps us in improving our processes and gaining a better understanding of the needs of our authors.
Co-author consensus: Manuscript withdrawal necessitates consensus among all co-authors listed on the manuscript. The corresponding author holds the responsibility of ensuring that all co-authors are in agreement with the withdrawal decision before initiating the process.
Editorial acknowledgment: Upon receiving a manuscript withdrawal request, the editorial office will promptly acknowledge the request and confirm the initiation of the withdrawal process.
Peer Review stage: If the manuscript is still in the peer review process, the review will be halted, and reviewers will be duly informed of the withdrawal. We deeply respect the efforts of our reviewers, and we encourage authors to consider this before initiating the withdrawal process.
Publication stage: In cases where the manuscript has been accepted and is in the pre-publication stages, withdrawing it may lead to an incomplete citation or publication record. Authors are strongly encouraged to discuss potential implications with the editorial office before finalizing their withdrawal decision.
Publication charges: In situations where publication fees have already been paid, and the withdrawal request is made after acceptance, our team will carefully evaluate the circumstances and engage in discussions regarding potential refunds on a case-by-case basis.
Authors who choose to withdraw a manuscript are always welcome to submit future work to Rivera Publications. The decision to withdraw a manuscript will not negatively impact the consideration of future submissions, and we eagerly anticipate the opportunity for continued collaborations with authors within our scholarly community.
We place great importance on clear communication and respectful interactions throughout the publication process. Our manuscript withdrawal policies are designed to uphold these principles while accommodating authors' changing needs and circumstances.
Plagiarism 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.
We 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.
Rivera 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.
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