Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics is an open access peer reviewed and monthly published research journal that publishes articles in the field of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics. It is an international journal to encourage research publication to research scholars, academicians, professionals and students engaged in their respective field.

Our mission is to advance research by working to develop and maintain competence, ethics and integrity and the highest professional standards in the specialty for the benefit of the public. The faculty seeks, through its activities, to bring about an improvement in research of the public.

AJPCT serves an intellectual audience that is interested in the latest research coming out of universities and industries around the world. The journal publishes research developments and disseminates them to an international audience.

 

Section Policies

Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Journal follows double blind peer review process. The online received manuscript are screened at the initial level, generally there is some reason due to which manuscript get rejected at this stage (this stage is maintained by journal management team) they are as follows.

  • Lack of adherence to the author guidelines.
  • Insufficient resolution of attached figures and tables.
  • Insufficient description within the legends.
  • Significant methodological error.
  • Lack of consideration of confounding factor.
  • Lack of adequate approval, including consent to cover the scope of the work purported to have    been carried out.
  • Lack of originality.
  • Lack or alignment with the scope or current research theme as directed by the editor in chief.

We are performing initial screening of the article/manuscript rapidly to allow the author time to submit the article elsewhere without undue delay.

After the initial screening stage the manuscript is subjected for the plagiarism identification and grammatical errors in manuscript to ensure more accuracy. After successfully passing this stage manuscript has assigned unique manuscript ID which will communicate to author with primary acceptance. After this the manuscript is subjected to double blind peer review process. Most of the article/ manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers one of which is internal to the journal editorial board and one external. All the  reviewer is provided with template of review report to facilitate structural review format. Reviewers need to submit review report in maximum 15 days or as suitable to the reviewer. If reviewers are unavailable to review   the request will be forwarded to author, reviewer based on the area of the interest. Evaluation   review report received from both the reviewer then analyzed by journal management team, including one of the editorial board members for his approval regarding processing entire report then communicated to the corresponding author to make suggested changes or modification in the manuscript. Author are required to submit corrected/ modification manuscript within the specified time period. After receiving corrected/modified manuscript is again forwarded to reviewer (if required) for further evaluation of the manuscript. After approval from both the reviewer journal management team process the manuscript for possible copyediting. Copyright form, ethical clearance letter, letter from institutional review board, informed consent form is scrutinized by journal management team for its authenticity.

Now authors are communicated with the acceptance letter, copyright form, correction format and Galley proof for further process.

This whole process takes approximately 30-45 days. The whole process ensures that the identify of reviewers is kept confidential and cannot be revealed to the authors.

 

Publication Frequency

American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics is a monthly Journal. Issues are published in the month of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice

American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and Open Journal of Research does not tolerate plagiarism in any form.  Authors submitting articles to Journal affirm that manuscript contents are original.

The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.  Editors,  authors,  and  reviewers  will  also  adhere  to  the  journal submission guideline policies.

Duties of Editor

 

  • Publication  Decisions: Based  on  the  review  report  of  the  editorial  review board,  the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.
  • Review of Manuscripts: Editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality, making use of appropriate software to do so. Following desk review, the manuscript is forwarded blind peer review to the editorial review board that will make a recommendation to accept, reject, or modify the manuscript.
  • Fair  Review: The  editor  must  ensure  that  each  manuscript  received  by  Journal  is reviewed  for  its  intellectual  content  without  regard  to  sex,  gender,  race,  religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
  • Confidentiality: The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
  • Disclosure  and  Conflicts  of  Interest: The  editor  of  Journal  will  not  use  unpublished materials  disclosed  in  a  submitted  manuscript  for  his/her  own  research  without  written consent of the author.

 

Duties of Authors

  • Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
  • Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.
  • Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will  not  publish  redundant  manuscripts  or  manuscripts  describing  the  same  research  in more than one journal.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research work.
  • Authorship  of  the  Paper: Authorship  should  be  limited  to  those  who  have  made  a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study.  Others  who  have  made  significant  contribution  must  be  listed  as  co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.
  • Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data.
  • Fundamental  Errors  in  Published  Works: If  at  any  point  of  time,  the  author(s) discovers  a  significant  error  or  inaccuracy  in  submitted  manuscript,  then  the  error  or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.

 

Duties of Reviewers

  • Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor's notice.
  • Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.

 

Publication Fee

Accepted articles will be published online for free open access for all to view. Open access publishing provides the maximum dissemination of the article to the largest audience. Authors must pay for this service. Corresponding authors will be asked to pay their publication charges as open access fee (given below) per published article which allows indefinite free-to-view online publication with American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics.

International Authors:    107 USD (excluding sender's charges)

Indian Authors:                2500 INR (excluding transaction charges)

For more information please contact us at e-mail: editor@ajpct.org

 

Conflicts of Interest

Public trust in the scientific process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how transparently conflicts of interest are handled during the planning, implementation, writing, peer review, editing, and publication of scientific work.

A conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest.

Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs. Authors should avoid entering in to agreements with study sponsors, both for-profit and non-profit, that interfere with authors’ access to all of the study’s data or that interfere with their ability to analyze and interpret the data and to prepare and publish manuscripts independently when and where they choose.

 

1. Participants

All participants in the peer-review and publication process—not only authors but also peer reviewers, editors, and editorial board members of journals—must consider their conflicts of interest when fulfilling their roles in the process of article review and publication and must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest.

 

a. Authors

When authors submit a manuscript of any type or format they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work.

 

b. Peer Reviewers

Reviewers should be asked at the time they are asked to critique a manuscript if they have conflicts of interest that could complicate their review. Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they’re reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.

 

c. Editors and Journal Staff

Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts should recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration. Other editorial staff members who participate in editorial decisions must provide editors with a current description of their financial interests or other conflicts (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists. Editorial staff must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain. Editors should publish regular disclosure statements about potential conflicts of interests related to the commitments of journal staff. Guest editors should follow these same procedures.

 

2. Reporting Conflicts of Interest

Articles should be published with statements or supporting documents:

  • Authors’ conflicts of interest; and
  • Sources of support for the work, including sponsor names along with explanations of the role of those sources if any in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the report; the decision to submit the report for publication; or a statement declaring that the supporting source had no such involvement; and
  • Whether the authors had access to the study data, with an explanation of the nature and extent of access, including whether access is on-going.
To support the above statements, editors may request that authors of a study sponsored by a funder with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as “I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.”

 

Revenue Sources

American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics does not have any income source like subscription charges or as annual membership charges of author (s). Therefore, American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics needs to defray its production and maintenance costs by collecting ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGES (APC) from author, authors' institutes or research funding bodies. (i.e. 2500 INR (Indian Author) & 107.00 USD (other than Indian Author) per article as Article Processing Fee).

 

Policies

Policy on Selection of Reviewer

           Journal selects reviewers for journal management on the basis of following criteria.

  • Field expertise.
  • Relevant experience (not less than 5 years academic/ research experience).
  • Publication in the field of expertise (at least 10 publications).
  • Reviewers need to submit signed declaration of ‘ conflict of interest’.
  • Reviewers should have to reply to every request made by editors.

 

Policy on Selection of Editorial Board Member

  • Field expertise.
  • Relevant experience (not less than 8 years academic/ research experience).
  • Publication in the field of expertise (at least 12 publications).
  • Board member needs to submit signed, the declaration of ‘conflict of interest’.
  • The board member should have to participate in journal management actively.
  • Board member list is updated yearly.

 

 Policy on Correction on Published Manuscripts

        The journal is open and prompt in the publishing correction on error cited in the published manuscript. A separate section is provided in individual issue as well as (webpage) to publish these corrections. Errors will be corrected promptly and with due prominence.

 

Article correction and retraction policy

This document sets out the policy of Pubicon Journals concerning article correction and retraction.

Corrections are published if the publication record is seriously affected, for example, with regard to the scientific accuracy of published information, or the reputation of the authors, or the reputation of the journal. Corrections that do not affect the contribution in a material way or significantly impair the reader's understanding of the contribution (e.g. a spelling mistake or grammatical error) will not be published.

A separate section is provided in individual issue to publish these corrections. Errors will be corrected promptly.

 

Article removal

In very rare circumstances, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online journal. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others' legal rights, or where the article is, or there is good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk.

In these circumstances, while the bibliographic information (title and authors) will be retained online, the text will be replaced with a page indicating that the article has been removed for legal reasons.

 

Scientific Misconduct and Handling Complaints

Scientific  misconduct  committed  by  authors  and  noticed  by  journal  management  team shall be dealt promptly and precisely. The journal management team is  authorized  to suspend manuscript  immediately  on  observing  scientific  misconduct  by  authors  until  the issue  is  cleared legitimately.  The authors  accused  of scientific misconduct  shall be given enough time and  support to  put  forward  their  views  on  the issue.  The journal management team then refers the issue to Editorial board members  of  the journal.  A separate (independent) investigation committee will be set up to investigate the matter  as per the gravity of misconduct. If  found  guilty,  the issue  of  scientific  misconduct  shall  be  communicated  to  author’s  institutional officials  for  future  course  of  action.  Such  authors  will  be  banned  to  publish  manuscripts  in journal in future.

 

Cancellation and Refund

  • Cancellations/ withdraw of articles will be considered only if the request is made before publication of issue. However, the cancellation/ withdraw request will not be entertained if the issue have been published except some genuine reasons.
  • There is no transfer of authorship after publication of the article.
  • The authors note that there is no refund policy of article processing charge (APC) / publication charge, if authors withdraw the article after paying APC except some special circumstances.
Journal have right to reject/ accept article at any stage of article states.

 

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Plagiarism

As in all things clarity and precision is required in order to allow the reader to make as unbiased assessment as possible of published work. This includes the citation of previous works, others work and precedents upon which the presented work is based.

Plagiarism is regarded as the misrepresentation of others ideas or expressions as one's own original work. Plagiarism has uncertain limits. Whilst plagiarism is not a crime it can involve liability for copyright infringement and may be considered a moral offence.

As with all morality these concepts are based upon the Vox Populare which is currently trending and may change as society changes. Modern technology is now available to detect possible plagiarism which an author may use before submitting a manuscript. Detection software does not always differentiate paraphrasing (which may be acceptable) from plagiarism, it is in the interests of traditional publishing houses to deem all as plagiarism in order to protect their revenue through the guise of moral crusade.


Journal  feels adequate referencing is very important to ensure that manuscripts are not deemed to be plagiarised. The author(s) must take and undertake by the process of submission full liability for the manuscript they submit. 


Sanctions for plagiarism, duplicate publication and citation manipulation may include:-

Immediate rejection of the manuscript.

Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by journal by any of the authors of the manuscript.

Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to any journal published either individually or in combination with other authors of the manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors.

The prohibition may shall continue for two years from notice of suspension.

Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by journal.

In the event that there are documented violations of these policies in any journal, regardless of whether or not the violations occurred in a journal, the above sanctions will be applied.

In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly severe, journal reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.