Article withdrawal policy includes replacement, retractions, or removal for all stages of the manuscript.
IJZAB Publisher is committed to maintaining publication ethics while providing high-quality publications. We expect our authors/users to comply with best practices in publication ethics as well as in the quality of their articles. Manuscript withdrawal is a common procedure in publication for various genuine reasons however recently it’s been misused by the author for unethical withdrawal. Many such instances exist where authors send unethical withdraw request which results in the wastage of precious resources, including editors, reviewers, and the editorial staff. To cope with such a situation, IJZAB develops a withdrawal policy for all stages of manuscript submission & publication separately as follows.
Pre-publication Withdrawal (During Peer-review and Editing Process)
The withdrawal process during editorial workflow has been divided into two parts; before manuscript acceptance and after acceptance as described below.
Manuscript Withdrawal (Before Acceptance)
Submitting author may request manuscript withdrawal after submission (before acceptance), by providing a compelling reason. Withdrawal requests received before initiating the peer-review process (normally within 3 days of submission) will be considered immediately without asking any reason. However, after the review process gets initiated, the author may withdraw the manuscript by providing a compelling ethical reason. If any unethical reason for manuscript withdrawal gets detected (even after completely withdrawn), we might take corresponding ethical action. Submitting author should consider all ethical aspects before submission (such as co-author(s) approval, institutional/funder policy, simultaneous submission, plagiarism, a duplicate submission, etc.).
Manuscript Withdrawal (After Acceptance)
Manuscript withdrawn will not be allowed for the accepted manuscript (whether published galley/early version or not). We don’t allow authors to play an unethical game of withdrawing the article after acceptance to submit in another journal/publication and waste precious editorial and reviewer resources. Submitting author is supposed to read all information related to the journal/publication at the official homepage and agreed with all co-authors before submission. Submitting author is also supposed to be aware of their country/institutional/funder policy (If any) for publication and consult their coauthor before submission. Submitting author may contact us for clarification through principal email id available under the contact us menu, if, author suspect any conflict between their country/institutional/funder policy and our journal/publisher policy. Any such excuse of conflicts may not be considered as a basis of manuscript withdrawal after acceptance of the manuscript.
If manuscripts that have been accepted for publication include scientific errors or discovered to be accidental duplication of other published article(s) or determined to violate our publishing ethics guidelines; such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, reviewer biasing, fraudulent use of data or research misconduct, it will be handled according to corresponding ethical misconduct policy.
Post-publication withdrawal (After publication)
AIJR recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record to researchers and librarians and attaches the highest importance to maintaining trust in the authority of its electronic archive. Generally, the handling editor of the manuscript is solely and independently responsible for deciding which submitted manuscript shall be published. In making this decision the editor relies on the reviewer’s recommendation and policies of the journal/publisher. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as far as is possible. However, some ethical issues may arise where a published article might later be corrected, replaced, retracted, or even removed. Such actions must be taken seriously and can only occur under exceptional circumstances. This policy addresses these concerns by considering current best practices in the scholarly publishing communities. We believe that these issues require international standards and we will adopt international standards along with recommended best practices as standards evolve and change over time.
Post-publication withdrawal comes under our CrossMark update Policy which may be in the form of Addendum, Duplication, Erratum, Corrigendum, Retraction, Replacement or Removal.
Occasionally a retraction will be used if infringements of publishing ethics, such as the use of fake data, research misconduct, multiple submission, plagiarism etc. get detected. The retraction of an article by its authors or the editor can take place only after properly investigating the case under the advice of members of the scholarly community. Based on standard advice by the scholarly community (COPE) for dealing with retractions, the following best practice for retraction by IJZAB has been adopted.
- The case will be considered under retraction policy only if research integrity got challenged (by duplicate publication, plagiarized, bias/fake reviewing fake data, false results). Any other misconduct which does not affect the research integrity of the manuscript (such as author dispute, institution/funding policy, simultaneous submission) will not be considered under retraction.
- Retraction cases will be considered in accordance with COPE guidelines only if serious article integrity gets detected after complete investigation and is not able to cover by corrigendum.
- A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” will be published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list. The retraction note will contain a retraction decision and a link to the original article.
- The original article (pdf) will be retained unchanged with added “Retracted” watermark on each page. CrossMark data will be updated with the retraction status of the article and a link to the retraction notice.
The objective of retractions is to correct the literature and ensure its integrity, not to punish authors for their misconduct.
In cases where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In these circumstances, the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and a history of the document.
Article Removal: Legal Limitations
In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have 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 metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
In case of any misconduct detected, IJZAB holds all rights to disclose the conduct of the authors along with manuscript detail and cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from it.