Publication Ethics

The Journal Science of Biodiversity is a peer-reviewed journal that is published periodically twice a year (April and October). Publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals is an important part of the development of science. Publication is a direct reflection of the quality of the author's work and the institution that houses it (University of Timor). Peer-reviewed articles support and embody a scientific approach. Therefore, a standard of ethical behavior is needed for all parties involved in publication: journal editors, reviewers, and authors.

For Editors:

  1. The editor must be responsible for every article published in the Journal Science of Biodiversity in the study of biological sciences (Microbiology, Botany, Zoology and ecology and applied biological sciences)
  2. Editors must help authors follow the instructions in the OJS process.
  3. The editor may communicate with other editors or reviewers in making final decisions.
  4. An editor must evaluate manuscripts objectively for publication, judging each on its quality without regard to the author's nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, religion, gender, seniority, or institutional affiliation. He must decline assignments when there is a potential conflict of interest.
  5. Editors need to ensure documents sent to reviewers do not contain information from the authors, and vice versa.
  6. The editor's decision must be communicated to the author accompanied by the reviewer's comments unless they contain offensive or defamatory comments.
  7. Editors should honor requests from authors that an individual not review a submission, if this is reasonable and practical.
  8. Editors and all staff must guarantee the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts.


For Reviewers:

  1. Reviewers need to comment on ethical questions and possible research and publication violations.
  2. Reviewers will complete the work on time and must notify the editor if they cannot complete the work.
  3. Reviewers need to maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript.
  4. Reviewers should not accept to review manuscripts where there is a potential conflict of interest between them and any of the authors.
  5. The review must be carried out objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers must express their views clearly accompanied by supporting arguments.
  6. Reviewers must identify published work that has not been cited by the author. A statement of previously published observations or arguments should be accompanied by relevant citations. The reviewer must notify the editor of any substantial similarities or overlap between the manuscript being reviewed and other articles that have been published, according to the reviewer's knowledge.
  7. Blind peer review by reviewers helps editors make decisions and can help authors improve their writing through editorial communication between reviewers and authors. Peer review is an important component in formal scholarly communication and scientific approaches.


For Authors:

  1. The authors confirm that the material has not been previously published and that they have not transferred any rights to the article.
  2. Authors must ensure the authenticity of the work and that they have cited other people's work correctly according to the reference format.
  3. Authors must not engage in plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
  4. Authors must provide editors with data and details of the work, if there is any suspicion of falsification or falsification of data.
  5. Authors may not publish the same manuscript in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal is unethical behavior in the publication of scientific papers and is unacceptable.
  6. Proper recognition of the work of others must always be done. The author should mention publications that were influential in the preparation of his work. Information obtained privately, such as in conversations, correspondence, or discussions with third parties, may not be used or reported without written permission from the source of the information.
  7. The author is a person who has made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the writing in the article. All parties who have made significant contributions are listed as co-authors. The corresponding author must ensure that all co-authors are listed on the manuscript, and that all co-authors have read and approved the final version of the work and have approved the submission of the manuscript for publication.
  8. When the author discovers significant errors or inaccuracies in his published work, the author is responsible for immediately notifying the journal editor, as well as collaborating with the editor to retract or correct the article. If the editor receives information from a third party that a published work contains significant errors, the author is responsible for immediately retracting or making corrections to the article or providing evidence to the editor regarding the accuracy of the original writing.