Numeracy is 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 Numeracy does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to Numeracy affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, they warrant that their article has neither been published elsewhere in any language fully or partly, nor is it under review for publication anywhere.
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 Numeracy Policies.
DUTIES OF EDITOR
- PUBLICATION DECISIONS: Based on the review report of the editorial 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. After passing this test, the manuscript is forwarded to two reviewers for single-blind peer review, each of whom will make a recommendation to accept, reject, or modify the manuscript. The review period will be up to 30 days.
- FAIR PLAY: The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the 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- DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: The editor of the journal will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his own research without written consent of the author.
- CERTAINTY OF ORIGINALITY: Editors must make every effort to be reasonably certain that each manuscript is evaluated for originality, including but not limited to making use of at least two reviewers through the double-blind peer review process.
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. (See Instructions to Authors)
- ORIGINALITY: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.
- MULTIPLE, REDUNDANT OR CONCURRENT PUBLICATIONS: Author 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 same research in more than one journal.
- PUBLICATION GUIDELINES: Authors must follow the submission guidelines of the journal. (See Instructions to Authors)
- SUBMITTING YOUR REVISED PAPER: The revised manuscript should be uploaded in the online system within 180 days. A revised manuscript received beyond the 180-day period may be considered as a new submission, will receive a new number, and will undergo a new review process.
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SOURCES: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in 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.
- DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Sources of Financial support, if any, must be clearly disclosed.
- FUNDAMENTAL ERRORS IN PUBLISHED WORKS: If at any point of time, author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript then the same 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 in to notice of the editor.
- 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.
- SAFEGUARDING ETHICS: The monitoring and safeguarding of publishing ethics will be maintained by the editors of Numeracy.
- RETRACTING ARTICLES: Numeracy is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as appropriate and when needed in accordance with Numeracy's ethical guidelines.
- INTEGRITY OF THE ACADEMIC RECORD: The editors of Numeracy shall maintain the highest levels of intellectual and ethical standards, without the interference of business needs.
- NO PLAGIARISM, NO FRAUDULENT DATA: Numeracy is committed to only publishing manuscripts that are free from any plagiarism and that contain no fraudulent data. Unethical publication practices are not tolerated by Numeracy.