Editorial Policies
1. All articles are freely available and immediately accessible online upon publication.
2. Readers can study, download and/or print OPEN access articles at no cost.
3. ACRPUB (Academic Research Publishers) the double blind peer-review procedure for submissions of all manuscripts to its journals. Double blind is the most common type of peer-reviewing in which the identity of the reviewers is not disclosed to the authors of the submitted manuscript. The anonymity of reviewers allows for objective assessment of the manuscript by reviewers and is also free from any influence by the authors on the reviewers comments.
4. All submitted articles are subject to an extensive peer review in consultation with members of the journal's Editorial Board and independent external referees; (usually two reviewers). All manuscripts are assessed rapidly and the decision taken by the journal's Editor-in-cheif based on all the peer reviewers comments, is then conveyed to the author(s).
5. All efforts are made to expedite the peer review process leading timely publication.
6. Authors publishing with ACRPUB retain the copyright to their work.
7. Authors have the flexibility to publish a wide range of articles in ACRPUB journal e.g. short communications, full-length research and review articles, supplements, conference proceedings and case studies.
8. Ethical Approval of Studies and Informed Consent: For human or animal experimental investigations, it is a prerequisite to provide a formal review and approval, or review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee and should be documented in your paper. For investigations undertaken on human subjects, the manner in which the informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral or written) should be stated in the Methods section. Authors are encouraged to obtain patient's consent when they use confidential case material. Consent is not necessary in the case of very brief case vignettes which do not contain identifying information or if the case material is disguised sufficiently to prevent identification of the patient. In obtaining consent, the author(s) should discuss the purpose(s) of publication, the possible risks and benefits to the patient and the patient's right to withhold or withdraw consent. In the case of a minor patient, consent should be obtained from the parent(s) or guardian(s).
9. Plagiarism Prevention: ACRPUB uses the Plagiarism CheckerX! software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Plagiarism CheckerX! software checks content against a database of periodicals, the Internet, and a comprehensive article database. It generates a similarity report, highlighting the percentage overlap between the uploaded article and the published material. Any instance of content overlap is further scrutinized for suspected plagiarism according to the publisher's Editorial Policies. ACRPUB allows an overall similarity of 20% for a manuscript to be considered for publication. The similarity percentage is further checked keeping the following important points in view:
Low Text Similarity: The text of every submitted manuscript is checked using the Content Tracking mode in Plagiarism CheckerX!. The Content Tracking mode ensures that manuscripts with an overall low percentage similarity (but which may have a higher similarity from a single source) are not overlooked. The acceptable limit for similarity of text from a single source is 5%. If the similarity level is above 5%, the manuscript is returned to the author for paraphrasing the text and citing the original source of the copied material.
It is important to mention that the text taken from different sources with an overall low similarity percentage will be considered as a plagiarized content if the majority of the article is a combination of copied material.
High Text Similarity: There may be some manuscripts with an overall low similarity percentage, but a higher percentage from a single source. A manuscript may have less than 20% overall similarity but there may be 15 % similar text taken from a single article. The similarity index in such cases is higher than the approved limit for a single source. Authors are advised to thoroughly rephrase the similar text and properly cite the original source to avoid plagiarism and copyright violation.
Types of Plagiarism: We all know that scholarly manuscripts are written after thorough review of previously published articles. It is therefore not easy to draw a clear boundary between legitimate representation and plagiarism. However, the following important features can assist in identifying different kinds of plagiarized content. These are:
        -  Reproduction of others words, sentences, ideas or findings as one’s own without proper acknowledgement.
        -  Text recycling, also known as self-plagiarism. It is the author’s use of a previous publication in another paper without proper citation and acknowledgement of the original source.
        -  Paraphrasing poor Copying complete paragraphs and modifying a few words without changing the structure of original sentences or changing the sentence structure but not the words.
        -  Verbatim copying of text without putting quotation marks and not acknowledging the work of the original author.
        -  Properly citing a work but poorly paraphrasing the original text is considered as unintentional plagiarism. Similarly, manuscripts with language somewhere between paraphrasing and quoting are not acceptable. Authors should either paraphrase properly or quote and in both cases, cite the original source.
        -  Higher similarity in the abstract, introduction, materials and methods, and discussion and conclusion sections indicates that the manuscript may contain plagiarized text. Authors can easily explain these parts of the manuscript in many ways. However, technical terms and sometimes standard procedures cannot be rephrased; therefore, Editors must review these sections carefully before making a decision.
Plagiarism in Published Manuscripts: Published manuscripts which are found to contain plagiarized text are retracted from the journal website after careful investigation and approval by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. A ‘Retraction Note’ as well as a link to the original article is published on the electronic version of the plagiarized manuscript.
10. Copyrights: Authors who publish in ACRPUB journals retain copyright to their work. Submission of a manuscript to the respective journals implies that all authors have read and agreed to the content of the Covering Letter or the Terms and Conditions. It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.
ACRPUB (Licensor) grants the author(s) a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and non-commercial perpetual license to exercise the rights in the article published as stated below:
1. All articles are published under in ACRPUB Journals, permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the work is properly cited.
2. The authors retain the copyright of their published article. They will also have the right to:
1. Reproduce the article, to incorporate the article into one or more collective works, and to reproduce the article as incorporated in collective works;
2. Create and reproduce Derivative Works for educational purposes.
3. Distribute Copies
4. Any commercial application of the work, with prior agreement by the author, is exclusively granted to ACRPUB.
11. Waiver: Authors grant to ACRPUB (licensor) the right to retain all revenue from commercial sales of the author's published article in a ACRPUB journal.
12. ACRPUB offers affordable article processing fees, ranking amongst the lowest as compared to those of other Print journal publishers. An article-processing fee payable by the author/ author's institution applies for every accepted article, to cover the costs of journal publication and postage expenses. Board Members of ACRPUB are entitled to discounted article processing fees.
13. Authors can self-archive post prints of their published articles.
14. Authors can reproduce derivative works of the article for educational purposes and distribute its copies.
15. Publication Charges Policy: ACRPUB is committed to disseminating research and scholarly publications as widely as possible. It supports the principle that 'the results of research that have been publicly funded should be freely accessible in the public domain’ and therefore it encourages researchers to make their research available through Print.
Review Articles: The publication fee for each published Review article is US $200. The following special discounts are offered to authors and editorial board members:
        -  Editorial Board Members and Editors of ACRPUB journals are allowed ONE free publication annually. Subsequent submissions from Editorial Board Members are published at 50% discount of the standard publication fee.
        -  Waiver and additional discount requests are decided on the basis of author’s country of origin and quality of the submitted article. Editors and reviewers have no access to whether authors are able to pay; decisions to publish are only based on meeting the editorial criteria.
16. Errata and Corrections in Published Articles: Authors and readers are encouraged to notify the Editor-in-Chief if they discover errors in published content, authors’ names and affiliations or if they have reasons for concern over the legitimacy of a publication. In such cases the journal will publish an ERRATUM in consultation with Editor-in-Chief and authors of the article, and/or replace or retract the article.
17. Article Withdrawal: Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication or published as E-pub Ahead of Schedule but which have not been formally published with volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are determined to violate the publishing ethics guidelines such as multiple submission, fake claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like, may be “Withdrawn” from the journal. Withdrawal means that the article files are removed and replaced with a PDF stating that the article has been withdrawn from the journal in accordance with ACRPUB Editorial Policies.
18. Article Retraction: Published articles (with volume/issue/page information) which may contain infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like are retracted.
        -  A retraction note titled "Retraction: [article title]" signed by the authors and/or the Editor-in-Chief is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
        -  In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
        -  The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
        -  The original article is retained unchanged with a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
        -  The HTML version of the document is removed.
19. Redundant (multiple) publication/ Re-publication: Abstracts and posters at conferences, results presented at meetings (for example, to inform investigators or participants about findings), and results databases (data without interpretation, discussion, context or conclusions in the form of tables and text to describe data/information where this is not easily presented in tabular form) are not considered to be prior publication.
Authors who want to publish translations of the articles that have been published elsewhere should ensure that they have appropriate permission(s), should indicate clearly that the material has been translated and re-published, and should indicate clearly the original source of the material. The Editor-in-Chief may request copies of related publications if they are concerned about overlap and possible redundancy.
20. Disclaimer: Responsibility for the content published by ACRPUB in any of its journals, including any opinions expressed therein, rests exclusively with the author(s) of such content. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, ACRPUB(on its own behalf, and on behalf of its staff and members of its editorial board) disclaims responsibility for any and all injury and/or damage (whether financial or otherwise) to persons or property, resulting directly or indirectly from any ideas, methods, instructions or products (including errors in the same) referred to in the content of any of ACRPUB journals.
Publication Ethics Statement 1. All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper.
2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
3. The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
5. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
6. Articles may be rejected without review if they are obviously not suitable for publication.
7. The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
8. The staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
9. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
10. Peer-review assists the publisher in making editorial decisions may also assist the author in improving the paper.
11. Manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents and are reviewed by anonymous staff.
12. A reviewer should also call to the publisher's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
13. Authors of contributions and studies research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
14. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
15. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
16. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one publication concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
17. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
18. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. -->
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