INNOVATUS adheres to the highest standards of research ethics and strongly committed to following the publication guidelines. Authors are strongly encouraged to read these guidelines as we take these policies seriously.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. We have zero-tolerance for plagiarism. Papers will be screened to determine their authenticity. Plagiarized papers will be returned to the authors and will be banned for two years in submitting a journal. Furthermore, the authors’ immediate supervisor/dean/research director/university president will be notified of this serious offense. In other words, only ORIGINAL papers are accepted and published in this journal.
2. Duties and Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief(EIC)
The duties and responsibilities of the editorial staff (EIC, Panel, Editorial Assistant) and of the authors are guided by the core values of INNOVATUS.
The EIC oversees the overall process and maintains the quality of the journal. He/She has the sole responsibility to decide the final status of the paper depending on the recommendations of the panel.
The panel or reviewers are selected based on their qualifications. The review is voluntary. HOWEVER, referees will be paid with this academic service. As academic professionals with high academic qualifications, their time is as precious as other professionals. They deserve a relatively small amount of remuneration for this service. AUTHORS WILL NOT PAY THE PANEL. The INNOVATUS Academic Publisher will cover this cost regardless of the panel’s decisions on the paper. Panels should maintain high degree of professionalism when reviewing the paper. It is understood that referees have no conflict of interest in reviewing the paper. Reviews should be collegial, constructive, and helpful.
3. Duties and Responsibilities of the Authors
Authors have the sole responsibility on the correctness and authenticity of the content of submitted papers. The authors should ensure that the submitted papers are not under consideration/under review in another journal or conference, and not previously published. It is understood that the submission is an original work. Whenever there is copyright infringement, INNOVATUS will not be liable in any copyright dispute between the authors and the third party publisher.
4. Open Access Policy
Authors retain the copyright of their works. Authors can share (i.e., copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (i.e., remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially) their previous works as long as the original work is cited accordingly.
A retraction can be done when a published article is confirmed to violate publication or research ethics. These unethical scientific behaviors may include, but not limited to, data fabrication, falsification, or recycling, plagiarism, double publication, copyright infringement, non-compliance to ethical data collection, and other unethical research practices. The retracted paper will be deleted in the INNOVATUS website and a separate page containing the Retraction Statement by the Editor-in-Chief will be provided explaining the retraction. The publisher will not refund the publication charges.
6. Paper Withdrawal
Manuscripts submitted in INNOVATUS for review can be withdrawn anytime. However, once published, manuscripts cannot be withdrawn and publication charges will not be refunded.
All accepted papers will undergo two rounds of typeset proof correction. During these stages, authors have the chances to correct major (e.g., data correction, correctness of equations, etc.) and minor (e.g., spelling errors, table headings, etc.) errors in the paper. Once the paper is published, changes are no longer allowed EXCEPT to those changes that can affect the scientific interpretation of a paper. A correction notice containing the explanation of changes, the link of the original version, and the link to the updated version will be published in a separate file.