EDITORIAL PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES

Principles

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Postprint version and ePrint

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Disclosure Statement

At the time of manuscript submission, please disclose any financial interest of your own, or of any member of your authorship team, that might be favorably or adversely affected by your research and review. Prior to publication, all authors will be asked to complete and sign a disclosure statement. The possibility of conflict of interest does not disqualify anyone from authorship. We will, however, disclose the potential conflict of interest to our readers.

Discovery Publication Policies; Ethics

Although the staff at the Discovery Chemistry Department and the journal editors may be able to note a breach of publication policy or ethical conduct after publication, we rely heavily on the reviewers to detect such problems before publication. Discovery publication policies are described in the Instructions to Authors.

Some of the items for which you should be alert include:

  • Plagiarism – Plagiarism is not limited to the Results and Discussion sections; it can involve any part of the manuscript, including figures and tables, in which material is copied from another publication without attestation, reference, or permission. Note that wording does not have to be exact to be copyright infringement; use of very similar words in almost the same sequence can also be infringement. Data themselves are not copyrightable, but their presentation is.
  • Missing or incomplete attestation – Authors must give appropriate credit to ideas, concepts, and data that have been published previously. This is accomplished by the inclusion of references. Missing, incomplete, or incorrect references must be brought to the editor's attention.
  • Dual submission and/or publication – Be wary of attempts to submit/publish similar material more than once. This is often difficult to detect "before the fact," but checking literature citations, as well as having a critical eye, is helpful.
  • Conflicts of interest – If you are aware of any commercial affiliations, consultancies, stock or equity interests, or patent-licensing arrangements on the part of the authors, bring them to the attention of the editor.

Note that similar conflicts of interest on your part must also be brought to the attention of the editor, who may, at his discretion, subsequently cancel your invitation to review the manuscript. If one of the manuscript authors is at your institution, there could be a perceived conflict of interest, and you should immediately contact the editor so that another individual can be invited to review the manuscript in your place.

In summary, you must communicate suspicions of policy or ethics problems directly to the editor, who in turn will contact the editor in chief. Under no circumstance should you contact the author directly. Discovery Chemistry has policies for investigation and resolution of such problems and these must be followed.

Editorial Board Policies

The Editorial Board of Discovery Chemistry consists of members from the Founding Editorial Board, Executive Editorial Board and Associate Editorial Board.

  • Founding Editorial Board: The founding editorial board consists of a limited number of distinguished professors in Sciences with international reputation. All members are appointed by invitation only from the Chief and/or Associate Chief Editors. The term is five years and is renewable. Members in this category may be requested to review manuscripts or invited to write a review article in the areas of their expertise. They are not required, but are always welcome to submit their research articles for publication in Discovery Chemistry.
  • Executive Editorial Board: The executive editorial board consists of 100 well-established physicians and scientists, with an excellent publication record and an academic rank at or above associate professor level and more than 50 Indexed publications. The majority of them will be invited by Chief and/or Associate Chief Editors or recommended by members of the founding editorial board. The term is three years and is renewable. Members in this category will be required to review manuscripts in their field of expertise, and are expected to submit or solicit at least one manuscript each year during their tenure.
  • Associate Editorial Board: The number of associate editors is not limited at this time, but generally no more than 100. Members in this board must have an excellent publication record and an academic rank at or above assistant professor level with minimum of 25 indexed publications. They may be invited by members of the founding or executive editorial board or the Chief and/or Associate Chief Editors. Self-recommendation is welcome and is in fact encouraged. The initial term is two years and is renewable once. Members in this category will be required to submit at least one manuscript each year, and are expected to review manuscripts if requested. They may be promoted to the executive editorial board upon fulfillment of their responsibilities as an associate editor for four consecutive years.