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Ethical Guides

JBCS Ethics and Publication Copyright

Authors’ ethical obligations towards the scientific community and JBCS (SBQ)

JBCS expects that, on submitting their papers, authors follow the ethical rules described below. Otherwise, they will be subject to sanctions that can include from suspension to access ban to submission and/or publication.

1- Information and co-authorship permission

The submitting author is responsible for including in the author list the names of every researcher actually responsible for the work. It is his/her duty to inform his/her collaborators of the manuscript content and obtain their permission for submission and publication.

2 - Privileged Information

It is the authors’ responsibility to carefully search through the several searching sites (SCI-ISI, Scopus, Google, and so on) for all the scientific work relevant to their reasoning, whether they agree or not with the results and hypotheses presented.

Data taken from the work of researchers, other than the ones who are authors of the manuscript being submitted to JBCS, must be properly cited and credited.  Such identification must be as detailed as possible. Privileged information, such as personal communications or discussions with a non-author, can only be cited with the explicit permission of the involved researcher.

Master’s Degree Dissertations and PhD Theses should not be cited as reference. In their places, should be cited the publications generated from them, easily localizable on the ISI, Scopus and, eventually, on Google or other leading search engines, so that the citation index of those work authors’ are not harmed. 

3- Fragmentation

Work fragmentation takes too much journal space and makes literature research more difficult and time consuming. A scientist who does extensive work in a system or group of similar systems should organize his/her publication so as to present a solidly based study, as complete as possible, even if it covers only one aspect of such system.

4- Exclusivity

Simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal places unnecessary extra load on the peer reviewing system, and expectations on the journal that may be deceived if an accepted manuscript is withdrawn, representing an ethical deviation which is not accepted in the SBQ Journals.

5- Duplication/Plagiarism

Plagiarism, defined as “the appropriation of someone else’s ideas, processes, results or words, without the proper credit” is not accepted in SBQ’s scientific journals. We consider plagiarism the word-for-word (or close to) copy of any other author’s texts or sentences. The self-plagiarism, that is, the replication of texts or data from previous works of the authors themselves, with or without the proper citation, is equally unacceptable. Reasonable repetition of some ideas and the re-ordering of one or two sentences by the authors themselves are acceptable. Word-for-word replication of data or sentences must come between quotation marks and with the due credit, in case it is essential for the discussion or contextualization of a specific set of data or hypotheses. It is equally unacceptable the suggestion of newness when the methodology or results have already been published, either by the author him/herself or by any other author.

Thus, the JBCS has taken important measures against plagiarism and has licensed iThenticate, plagiarism-checking software to ensure the originality of the submitted manuscripts.


6- Copyright Transfer

The submitting author, with the consent of all the other co-authors, transfers the copyright of the submitted work, as well as of all its versions, to JBCS. In case the manuscript is not accepted or is withdrawn during the review process, the effect of this transfer ceases.

7- Request of permission to reproduce already published material

It is relatively common, in Reviews and Accounts, the reproduction of figures, schemes and photos already published in other works. However, such reproduction requires the copyright permission given by the editor house of the original work, even if these materials were published by the same authors.

It is the authors' responsibility to obtain permission from other publishers for the reproduction of any artwork from other journals to be used in Reviews, Accounts or any other type of publication. Such specific Copyright Permissions should be sent to the JBCS Editorial Manager by e-mail (office@jbcs.sbq.org.br). Suitable acknowledgement of reproduction must be given in the captions, in accordance with the recommendations of the original editors.

8- Ethical standards for the human and animal experimentations

Upon submission of papers involving humans, authors should CONFIRM THAT they have followed the procedures in accordance with ethical standards of institutional committee on human experimentation and Helsinki´s declaration. If the paper involves experiments with animals YOU SHOULD CONFIRM THAT the use of animals is in agreement with ethics and animal care institutional committee.

Also, editors should request, if necessary, additional information on the ethical aspects of the research when involving experiments on humans or animals.

Online version ISSN 1678-4790 Printed version ISSN 0103-5053
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