Publication Ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential in the development of a coherent network of knowledge; it is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice which includes:  

Author's responsibilities

  • Manuscripts are evaluated regardless of authors’ race, gender, religious belief (affiliation) citizenship or political philosophy. The decision is based only on paper’s importance, originality, clarity and validity, and relevance to the journal's scope.
  • Manuscripts should be evaluated and approved first by “the Research Ethics Committee at Faculty of Nursing, Minia University” to be accepted for publishing in MSNJ.
  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal at a time; this is considered unacceptable behavior by the journal, and contrary to the ethics of research and publication.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
  • Researchers have the right to publish their research in other journals only after receiving an official refusal from the journal, or if the journal officially agrees to the request to withdraw their submitted research.
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the authors own (“plagiarism”).
  • Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list.
  • The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  • The corresponding author is authorized by all authors to transfer all the manuscript's royalties, to sign a binding contract with MSNJ as detailed in this copyright form, and to be responsible in case of all disputes that may occur as well as Responding to reviewers’ comments
  • The comments and suggestions received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point-by-point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. 
  • if the corresponding author does not agree to adopt the proposed modifications, he must provide a logical justification for that.
  • Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum. 

Editors should consider retracting a publication if:

  • They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of major error, fabrication or falsification (eg, image manipulation)
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification
  • Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (eg, libel, privacy)
  • unethical research
  • It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process. 

 Academic integrity

  • Editors should ensure that only papers of good scientific merits are accepted.
  • The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership.
  • Editors should ensure that research material they publish conforms to internationally accept ethical guidelines.
  • Editors should seek assurances that all research has been approved by an appropriate body (e.g research ethics committee, institutional review board). 

Recruiting Board Members

 Editorial board members are experts in the field whose judgments are highly valued within the journal’s main discipline. Editorial board membership was reviewed every two years, with members joining, stepping down, or continuing for another term. The following Qualification Criteria are crucial in selecting editorial board members;

  • The experience of the board members should represent the journal's aim and scope.
  • The Editorial board members must be active in their field and are therefore up-to-date with current advances in research and developments.
  • Academic rank above Assistant professor or equivalent.
  • More than 30 publications in National or International peer reviewed journals.
  • should have a publication track record (h-index>5).
  • should have an academic editing experience.
  • Expected to know the policies of the Journal and publisher, Author guidelines, Editor Guidelines and Reviewer guidelines. 

Editors' General Roles and Responsibilities 

Editor in Chief: 

The Editor-in-Chief (Executive Editor) is a managerial position responsible for organizing the daily tasks of publication outputs as follows:

  • Preparation and supervision of the editing process to improve readability of the published material.
  • Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, authors, and reviewers
  • Deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published
  • Plans the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Validation of statistical facts using reliable sources
  • Planning content ideas based on readers’ interests.
  • Supervision of the publication production process 

Associate Editor:

  • Responsible for the quality, consistency, and impact of the journal in the research community.
  • Selecting qualified, independent, and experienced reviewers to review the submitted manuscripts,
  • Efficiently managing the peer-review process.
  • Establishing a system for effective and rapid peer review.
  • Developing mechanisms to ensure timely publication of accepted manuscripts
  • Preparing acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.

Editorial board members responsibilities:

  • Reviewing submitted manuscripts and decision should be based on the paper's importance, originality and clarity, and the study's validity and its relevance to the journal's scope.
  • Attracting new authors for articles submissions by advising on journal policy and scope.
  • Evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.
  • Collaborating with the chief editor and identify topics for special issues to ensure the ongoing development of the journal.
  • Considering current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered. 

Editorial board members responsibilities toward Authors

  • Editors should take all possible steps to ensure that the content they publish is of high quality.
  • Editors should provide authors with detailed instructions on what is expected of them.
  • Providing a clear statement of the Journal’s policies on authorship criteria
  • Providing authors with guidance for preparing and submitting articles.
  • Protecting the confidentiality of every author’s work
  • Fairness, objectivity, honesty, and openness in dealing with all authors.
  • Editors' judgments on whether or not to accept or reject an article for publication should be based only on the significance, originality, quality of the paper, clarity, and the study’s relevance to the scope of the journal.
  • Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
  • Editors should be prepared to justify any significant variation from the described peer review processes, which should be published. 

Editorial board members responsibilities toward reviewer

  • Editors should provide reviewers with detailed instructions on everything that is required of them.
  • Publication of guidelines on the review process. This guideline should be updated on a regular basis
  • Assigning articles for review based on the reviewer's area of competence and interest.
  • Establishing a system to ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected.  

Reviewers' responsibilities

  • Judgments should be objective
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially prior to their publication
  • Submits comprehensive report on time
  • Provides well-founded comments for authors
  • Gives constructive criticism
  • Demonstrates objectivity
  • Provides a clear recommendation to the editors
  • Reviewers will notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.