Nursing Science Journal of Thailand (NSJT) adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors approved by the COPE Council on 7th March 2011.
Duties and Responsibilities of Editors
Editors are responsible for maintaining the standards of practice in publishing the journal to meet the needs of readers and authors. They should actively seek the opinions of authors, readers, reviewers and editorial board members about the possible way of improving the journal quality. The editors should abstain from considering manuscripts when there is a conflict of interest with any of the authors, companies or institutes associated with the manuscript. The editors should ensure the integrity of academic records and publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
The editors should support initiatives that will reduce publication and academic misconduct and educate researchers about the provisions of publication ethics. The editors should provide guideline for authors and reviewers on everything that is expected to them. The protection of the identity of authors and reviewers in the “double-blind” peer review process must be ensured. Decisions on publication are made objectively after the reviewing process based on the importance of the paper’s contribution to the nursing field, the originality and clarity, the sound research methodology, the quality of articulation of the argument, and the strength of the evidence provided.
Duties and Responsibilities of Authors
Authors who submit a manuscript to NSJT are expected to follow the guideline for authors and adhere to the following duties and responsibilities: (1) Originality - submit an original work with sufficient detail and references; (2) Acknowledgment of sources – acknowledge ideas and previously published results by citing these works in the paper and list them in the references; (3) Disclosures – disclose sources of funding and conflicts of interest; (4) Protection of human subjects and ethical review – make clear statements regarding how they protected the rights of the study participants and confidentiality as well as the ethical approval of their study by a specific ethics committee; (5) Permissions – contact the journal or publisher of the source material (i.e., previously published images and other copyrighted materials) for the permission to reuse it in the manuscript and submit the granted document to the NSJT; (6) Multiple submissions – do not submit the manuscript to several journals at the same time; (7) Misconduct – be aware of plagiarism and other research unethical behaviors; (8) Authorship – list the authors’ names who make a substantial contribution to a manuscript and avoid the inclusion of guest authorship, honorary or gift authorship, and ghost authorship.
Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers
Reviewers should provide written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work. They should alert the editor when presented with a manuscript which is not in the context of their expertise in the field. The feedback must not be personal comments or criticism. Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the review process by not sharing and discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed paper. Reviewers must notify the editor immediately if there is any personal conflict of interest and decline to review when a possibility of a conflict exists. Reviewers ‘s decisions on publication are made objectively based on the importance of the paper’s contribution to the nursing field, the originality and clarity, the sound research methodology, the quality of articulation of the argument, and the strength of the evidence provided.