eCurater is committed to conforming to a high standard of morality and ethics to ensure the highest quality scientific publications. eCurater is pledged to perpetuate an accurate and transparent academic record including error corrections and retractions when necessary. We are a member of COPE and ascribe to its publication policies, ethics and core practices. The following guidelines provide a general overview of the publication ethics.
Conflicts of Interest also known as Competing Interests arise when an author, reviewer or editor holds personal, political, regional, religious, gender-based, financial relationships that influence their roles directly or indirectly. To maintain utmost transparency in communicating authentic scientific knowledge, authors, reviewers and editors must declare the competing interests. If any competing interest is not declared by the author and is later perceived during the publication process, it leads to rejection of the manuscript and the author must suffer disciplinary action. The coauthors of a manuscript also must declare their competing interests. Authors must include a Funding Statement. Reviewers and editors must declare competing interests that involve any close affiliation with the author or any financial, personal interest that could possibly intervene with the process well before beginning to assess the manuscript and can feel free to suggest another member from the board to further the review process failing which subjects them to serious action. If conflicts of interest are found post publication, the manuscript will be considered to be reassessed and might also get retracted in case of serious ethical concerns.
In case of identified breaches in the Publication Ethics policies, eCurater first consults experts outside the review team that includes reviewers with specific expertise and additional editors to decide on a submission. Upon confirmation of violation in the ethics, eCurater may reject the author’s manuscript and might not encourage further submissions for a stipulated period of time. Any violation of policies observed from the editors’ or reviewers’ end will lead to termination of their services.