Envirotek journal works hard to create an environment that fosters the strictest scientific and ethical standards. The fundamental principles of research integrity, or responsible conduct of research, include honesty in all aspects of research; scrupulous care, thoroughness, and excellence in research practice; transparency and open communication; and care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research.
- Honesty in gathering data; using and acknowledging the work of others; presenting research goals, intentions, and findings; reporting on research methods and procedures; and conveying valid interpretations and making justifiable claims based on research findings.
- Scrupulous care, thoroughness, and excellence in performing research and using appropriate methods; adhering to an agreed protocol where appropriate; drawing interpretations and conclusions from the research; and communicating the results.
- Transparency and open communication in the reporting of research data collection methods; the analysis and interpretation of data; making research findings widely available; and presenting the work to other researchers and to the general public.
- Care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research, including humans, animals, the environment, and cultural objects; and the stewardship of research and scholarship for future generations.
We are fully committed to the above principles, and unwaveringly support researchers in embedding them in their everyday work.
Authors and Authors Responsibilities
Authorship provides credit for a researcher’s paper to a study and carries accountability. Each author is expected to meet the following requirements:
- Having made substantial papers to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work;
- Having drafted the work or substantively revising it;
- Having approved the submitted version; and
- Having agreed both to be personally accountable for the author's own papers and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and the resolution documented in the literature.
The corresponding author, as the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process, is responsible for ensuring that data and materials comply with transparency and reproducibility standards of the field and journal; ensuring that original data and materials upon which the submission is based are preserved following best practices in the field so that they are retrievable for reanalysis; confirming that data and materials accurately reflects the original; foreseeing and minimizing obstacles to the sharing of data and materials described in the work; serving as the point of contact for queries about the published paper, namely, informing all co-authors of any matters arising in relation to the published paper and to ensure such matters are dealt with promptly, and notifying the journal immediately if he/she becomes aware of any aspect that requires correction.
Plagiarism is unacknowledged copying or an attempt to misattribute original authorship, whether of ideas, text, or results. We do not tolerate plagiarism in any of our publications, and we reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected. Envirotek journal editors assess all the following cases of plagiarism on their individual merits.
- Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted without appropriate and unambiguous attribution. Aside from wholesale verbatim reuse of text, due care must be taken to ensure appropriate attribution and citation when paraphrasing and summarizing the work of others.
- Text recycling, or reuse of parts of text from an author’s previous research publication, is a form of self-plagiarism. When reusing text, whether from the author’s own publication or that of others, appropriate attribution and citation is necessary to avoid creating a misleading perception of unique paper for the reader.
- Duplicate publication occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his/her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from publishing an identical paper in multiple journals, to only adding a small amount of new data to a published paper.
Envirotek journal uses CrossRef to screen for unoriginal material. Authors should be aware that their paper may be submitted to CrossRef at any point from submission to publication. Any allegations of plagiarism made to a journal will be investigated. If the allegations appear to be founded, we will request all named authors of the paper to explain the overlapping material. If the explanation is not satisfactory, we will reject the submission, and may also reject future submissions.
If plagiarism is discovered post publication, Envirotek journal may correct or retract the original publication depending on the degree of plagiarism, context within the published article and its impact on the overall integrity of the published study. We expect our readers, reviewers, and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Duplicate and Redundant Publication
Duplicate or redundant publication occurs when a work or a substantial part of it is published more than once by the author(s) of the work without appropriate cross-referencing or justification. When authors submit manuscripts to our journals, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity.
If part of a paper that an author wishes to submit to an Envirotek journal has appeared or will appear elsewhere, he/she must specify the details in the cover letter at the submission. Consideration by the Envirotek journal is possible only if the main result, conclusions, or implications are not apparent from the other work, or if the other work is published in a language other than English. In case of any doubt, authors should seek advice from the editor handling their paper.
If an author is re-using a figure or figures published elsewhere, or that is copyrighted, the author must provide documentation that the previous publisher or copyright holder has given permission for the figure to be re-published. Envirotek journal editors consider all material in good faith that their journals have full permission to publish every part of the submitted material, including figures.
Conflicts of Interest and Funding
In the interests of transparency and to help readers form their own judgements of potential bias, the Envirotek journal requires authors to declare any competing interests in relation to the work described. The competing interests are defined as financial and non-financial interests that could directly undermine, or be perceived to undermine the objectivity, integrity, and value of a publication, through a potential influence on the judgements and actions of authors regarding objective data presentation, analysis, and interpretation. The corresponding author is responsible for submitting a competing interests’ statement via the open journal system (OJS) on behalf of all authors of the paper.
Retractions, Corrections and Expressions of Concern
Envirotek journal operates the following policy for making corrections to the print and online versions of our peer-reviewed content. Three kinds of amendments are relevant for peer-reviewed material:
- Erratum: Notification of an important error made by the journal that affects the publication record or the scientific integrity of the paper, or the reputation of the authors or of the journal.
- Corrigendum: Notification of an important error made by the author(s) that affects the publication record or the scientific integrity of the paper, or the reputation of the authors or the journal.
- Retraction: Notification of invalid results that affect the reliability of a previously published article. The original article is marked as retracted but remains available to readers. Retractions are reserved for articles that are so seriously flawed that their findings or conclusions should not be relied upon.
Accepted manuscripts may make minor changes such as those which would likely occur during typesetting or proofreading but not substantive corrections. Anyone who believes that research published by Envirotek journal has not been carried out in line with these principles could raise their concerns with the relevant editor, or email email@example.com
Image Manipulation, Falsification and Fabrication
Where research data are collected or presented as images, modifying these images can sometimes misrepresent the results obtained or their significance. Envirotek journal recognizes that there can be legitimate reasons for image modification. But we expect authors to avoid modifying images, if this leads to the falsification, fabrication, or misrepresentation of their results.
Fraudulent Research and Research Misconduct
Fraudulent research and research misconduct distort the evidence base, misdirect research effort, waste funds, and damage public trust in science. Envirotek journal and its editors have long championed measures to tackle research fraud and misconduct. Where an author is found to commit research fraud or misconduct, we will conduct investigation with appropriate institutions or organizations. Any publication found to include fraudulent results will be retracted, or an appropriate correction will be issued.
Data and Supporting Evidence
Envirotek journal advocates the transparency and openness around data code, and other materials associated with research. We expect authors to maintain accurate records of supporting evidence necessary to facilitate the understanding, verification, and replication of their findings, and to supply or provide access to this supporting evidence, on reasonable request.
Integrity of Record
Envirotek journal maintains a record of the existence of everything we publish with information (metadata) describing each publication. If our content is deemed not to comply with the laws of a sovereign nation, we will make every effort to ensure the metadata remain accessible within that jurisdiction. We preserve the academic record as far as possible, if we are obliged to alter the publication record in any way, such as a retraction against research misconduct.