The Innovation and Development Policy (IDP) follows a strict Publication Ethics and Malpractice Policy and is committed to protect the integrity of the scholarly record. In order to strengthen science and technology ethics, promote research integrity, maintain the seriousness and reputation of academic activities, IDP is now making following statements on the subject of ethical behavior standards.
1. Editorial responsibility are set out below:
Submission involving confidential matters, the author takes on the liability. Requirement on avoiding certain peer reviewers can be brought forward in online submission, and editors at the time of submission will consider as appropriate. Editors and editorial staff have obligations to keep the information of peer reviewers and the manuscript of author strictly confidential.
After the author registered in the journal’s online submission system and uploaded the manuscript in accordance with the process, editors would send the author acknowledgement letter for receiving the submission within two weeks. If the author has not received any notification from editors in 6 months, the manuscript would be handled by the author itself. And the author need to inform the editorial office. Please avoid duplicating manuscript submission.
IDP adopts double-blind peer review. The manuscript will be reviewed by at least two parallel experts. On the premise the manuscript has no interest contradiction and conflict with editors, the decision will be made by at least two valid reviews, and the final result must ensure objectivity and impartiality.
Authors should complete signing the Copyright Agreement before the publication of the manuscript(s) to transfer the copyright of their paper(s) to the publisher. Authors are advised to note that the manuscript(s) might subject to amendments before publication.
Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. The proofs must be corrected and returned within one week of receipt otherwise publication may be delayed. Alteration to proofs other than correction of typesetting errors may be in the charge of the authors.
All members of the editorial board and the editorial staff are required to supervise the academic ethics of the journal, to ensure the manuscript is non-commercial and non-profit, the argument is true and reliable, the evidence is highly scientific etc., to maintain the high-standard and strict-requirement academic ethics regulation.
Whenever the editors receive a complaint about the publication's ethical issues, he should immediately take response measures to actively investigate, obtain evidence, and implement. If necessary, corrections, cancellations and other work need to be carried out.
For the main content or conclusion of the published article, if there is solid evidence to prove that there is a problem, the editor needs to carry out appropriate errata work.
2. Reviewer responsibility are set out below:
Without authorization from the editor-in-chief, manuscript information shall not be disclosed or discussed with others to ensure the confidentiality of review result.
Reviewers shall maintain the high efficiency of review and submit reports in given time. If the reviewer considers itself not competence to review the manuscript or cannot provide the report in time, he will notify handling editor immediately.
Comments and criticisms shall not against author itself. Review’s evidence must be sufficient and argument must be clear. The review should be objective and impartial.
Peer reviewers shall note the references that the manuscript should be cited and failed to, to ensure the correctness and originality of the argument. A large number of similarities or overlaps with other publications are found in the manuscript, reviewers shall promptly communicate with editors.
There shall be no conflicts or relationships between reviewers and manuscript’s research area; authors and their organization and fund projects, etc. Any competition or cooperation relationship, any kind of connections between author and his organization are found during reviewing, the editorial department will be informed and the review process will be terminated. If above situations are hidden and are exposed by others, the review will be given a warning, or a lifetime ban from reviewing or public disclosure and other sanctions according to the circumstances.
3. Author responsibilities are set out below:
The author(s) contributing to the Journal will be considered as voluntary compliance with all regulations of the manuscript. The author(s) can appeal to editorial department for the disagreement in review results, but cannot obtain any personal information of peer reviewers in any approaches.
The author(s) should declare that all text, data, figures/tables or other illustrations presented in the manuscript are completely original and does not contain or include material taken from other copyrighted sources and wherever such material has been included, proper citation is included in reference section and also affirm that the work does not violate any proprietary or personal rights of others.
The author(s) must state that the article submitted has neither been previously published (in part or in full) nor submitted elsewhere in any form or media whatsoever for publication or for simultaneous consideration in any other journal. The author(s) also must not reuse their previously published work without making substantial changes and without specific address; this is considered self-plagiarism.
The author(s) must state that they have substantially participated in research and in preparation of the manuscript and that it represents original work adequate to claim the authorship.
Where an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in an article of his/her that has been published in IDP, he/she has an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the article or retract it as appropriate.