Monthly Archives: September 2014

Charity Open Access Fund

wellcome trust

Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six UK medical research charities РArthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust - to enable free and unrestricted access to the published articles they support.

COAF will begin on 1 October 2014, for an initial two-year pilot period. Wellcome Trust will administer COAF on behalf of the partners for the pilot phase. The partner research charities believe passionately that enabling open access to the published outputs of the research they support allows the knowledge to be shared faster and accelerates the application of that knowledge for health benefit.

Many publishers now offer models where they will make research papers freely available immediately on publication – often in return for an up-front fee known as an article processing charge (APC). COAF will help to ensure that the researchers and institutions they support have access to the funds needed to meet these costs, and make the research papers they fund available in open access form.

COAF will provide grants to 36 UK universities and research institutes (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/Open-access/Charity-open-access-fund/WTP057250.htm) to meet open access article processing charges for research papers supported by one or more of the six partner charities. APCs for research papers acknowledging at least one of the partner charities as a funder, and accepted for publication on or after 1 October 2014, may be charged to COAF.

Charity Open Access Funds may be used to meet open access costs associated with original peer-reviewed research articles and non-commissioned review articles; funds are not associated with commissioned reviews or conference proceedings.

COAF funds may only be used to pay open access article processing charges, not to cover other charges that some journals may levy, such as page and color charges. Where these apply, researchers must use other funds to meet these costs.

Where an APC is paid from COAF, the journal must: (a) deposit, on behalf of the author, the final version of the article – which includes all the changes that arise from the peer-review, copy-editing and proofing processes – in PubMed Central (PMC), where it must be made freely available at the time of publication (a link to the article on the publisher site is not sufficient); and (b) license the content under a Creative Commons Attribution-only ( CC-BY) license.

Content deposited in PMC is automatically mirrored to the Europe PMC repository.

You may access COAF funds to meet open access costs for any paper resulting from research supported in whole or in part by one or more of the partner funders. However, if other research funders have supported the work reported in the paper, and these funders mandate open access, we expect the open access costs to be split between the contributing funders.

For more details ::

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/Open-access/Charity-open-access-fund/index.htm

Timeframe

The joint Fund will be established initially for a pilot phase lasting two years, from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2016.

 

HOAJ – Updated Editorial Board Policy

Herbert Publications identifies the vitality of an eminent Editorial Board in accomplishing a Journal with their contributions in fostering the quality of a publication and the journal’s content. Therefore Herbert Publications follow a rigorous criterion in the selection of Editorial Board members and below mentioned is the criteria for a researcher to meet our Editorial Board policy. All the members are expected to strive to meet the high ethical and publications standards in accordance to COPE and ICMJE guidelines.

General Guidelines for Editorial Board members

  • Editors should hold the responsibility for the whole Journal content
  • Contribute to Journal development and management through generous relationship with other board members
  • Update reviewers and authors with new policies and guidelines
  • Ensure steady communication with the editorial office
  • Assure the integrity in the published work
  • Editors should ensure the protection of individual data and maintain confidentiality
  • Every Editorial Board member should ensure submission of at least one manuscript in a year
  • Ensure constructive, fair and timely feedback to the authors for their contribution
  • Elevate Journal’s reputation among their affiliated academic community
  • Represent and promote the journal at academic meetings and conferences.

More information on Editorial process and policy is available on our Editor guidelines page.

Editor-in-Chief

Two-year renewable term.

Criteria

  • The Editor-in-Chief must have 75-100 publications in International peer reviewed journals.
  • An academic rank above Professor or equivalent.

The Editor-in-Chief has a vital role in the success of a Journal. They should guarantee the quality and integrity of the content found in the Journal. It is their primary responsibility to educate and communicate the vision to the authors, readers, editorial board members and publisher. The Editor-in-Chief should put consistent efforts to enhance quality and elevate the significance of published articles to the corresponding community.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Editor-in-Chief should take the whole responsibility of the Journal and He/She should be familiar with the subject literature, research design, statistics, publication ethics and standards. Should also possess extensive Editorial and interpersonal skills.
  • Should strive for the development of the Journal and suggest the publisher for further improvisations with additional policies.
  • Should encourage submission of quality articles by writing Editorials on the Journal’s performance.
  • Should be responsible in selection and rotation of Editorial Board members, maintenance and development of Journal, participation in review process and look for appropriateness.
  • Should conduct annual meetings and educate the Editorial Board members with updated information and new policies of the Journal.
  • Set annual objectives and assign responsibilities to the Board members for peer review process and ensure their timely completion.
  • Sets annual objectives on peer review process and timely publication, evaluate the performance of Board members and encourage promotions appropriately. Should act accordingly in taking action to improve the objectives that are not achieved timely.
  • Should recommend Editorial office promptly when approached on the account of rejection or acceptance of a manuscript in relation to the scope, manuscript transfer or re-submission requests while ensuring the readers interest, significance of the study, readability and wide accessibility.
  • Generally, after the peer review process and initial editing, the manuscript comes to the Editor-in-Chief for the final approval. The final decision to accept or reject of an article will be held with Editor-in-Chief. He/She should cross check the content quality, writing style and construction, grammar, spellings, data presentation and organization prior to take the final decision.
  • Should ensure that the manuscript is neither plagiarized nor published elsewhere. If the paper found plagiarized or infringed, the Editor-in-Chief has the right to reject the article straight away.
  • Should supervise and support the publisher in handling complaints and appeals, responding genuinely to ethical problems regarding publication of any duplicate or fraudulent work.

Senior Editor

One-year renewable term.

Criteria

  • The Senior Editor must have 30-50 publications in International peer reviewed journals.
  • An academic rank above Associate Professor or equivalent.

Senior Editor will be in the process of probation for being next Editor-in-Chief. He/She assists the Editor-in-Chief in judging a manuscript to be accepted or rejected, supports in taking decisions and communicating with other Board members. Senior Editors, fill the role of both serving as an editorial board member in review process as well as ensuring the publication of high quality papers in the Journal.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Senior Editor should assist the Editor-in-Chief and also involve in the peer review process.
  • Is responsible for the quality of Journal content and the published articles.
  • Encourage submission of high quality papers.
  • Provide fair and constructive feedback to the contributors, Editors and Reviewers.
  • Provide Editorials on the Journal performance and promoting new policies when introduced.
  • Assist Editor-in-Chief in conducting annual meetings and educate the Editorial Board members with updated information and new policies of the Journal.
  • Assist Editor-in-Chief in setting annual objectives and assign responsibilities to the Board members for peer review process and ensure their timely completion.
  • Should ensure that the manuscript is neither plagiarized nor published elsewhere.
  • Should support Editor-in-Chief in handling ethical issues, complaints and appeals regarding the publication standards.
  • Suggest publisher with new policies and for the development of the Journal
  • Need to take up the role of Editor-in-chief when not available.

Associate Editor

One-year renewable term.

Criteria

  • The Associate Editorial Board member must have 15-20 publications in International peer reviewed journals.
  • An academic rank above Assistant professor or equivalent.

The Associate Editor has to assist both the Senior Editor and the Editor-in-Chief in guaranteeing the quality of content found in Journal and communicating its vision for the journal to authors, Editorial Board members, readers, and publisher. Associate Editor should be mindful with the policies of the Journal and publisher, Author guidelines, Editor guidelines and Reviewer guidelines.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor should guide the Authors, Editors and Reviewers with the guidelines available from the website.
  • Encourage submission of high quality articles in the Journal and assist Senior Editor in monitoring the content quality.
  • Participate in conducting annual meetings and educate the Editorial Board members with updated information and new policies of the Journal.
  • Monitor the manuscripts for writing style, language, presentation according to the Journal’s policy and instructions.
  • Should ensure effective peer review process and timely publication.
  • Should ensure the integrity of the Journal content and quality in the published articles.
  • Should ensure that the manuscript is neither plagiarized nor published elsewhere.
  • Suggest publisher with new policies and for the development of the Journal.
  • Should suggest eminent reviewers during the peer review process.

Note: : Members are expected to review around 3-5 manuscripts for each year. If they failed to do so, editors will be deposed from Editorial Board according to the Editorial policy. The criteria mentioned above can be altered with respective to the journal by the Editorial Office.