Principles and Policies

  • Publication Standards
  • Publication Ethics
  • Confidentiality and Pre-Publicity
  • Editorial Policy
  • Peer-Review Policy
  • Retraction Policy
  • Reprint Policy
  • Payment policy
  • Manuscript Transfer Policy
  • Publication Standardstop

    All articles at Herbert Publications are available under Creative Commons Attribution License to any internet user for free. All the content available is transparent and authenticate at its best. We perpetually intend to improve our publication standards and reliability to all sections, acting as a medium in transmitting the scientific contributions with rapid and thorough peer review system. Herbert Publications endeavor to uphold the standards by the following:


    Herbert Publications always set its goals to exhibit excellence in every aspect representing our reputation. With the object to author's satisfaction, it always embrace best services in the style of content presentation, encouraging authors interest, intense response and endowed editorial and peer review system. At reader's gain, the priority given towards transparent quality information and straightforward accessibility.

    Research Integrity

    Herbert publications is dedicated to disseminate the scientific research with integrity and essential information. This lies within Herbert's meticulous editorial process, fairness in peer review system and admirable policies to achieve rapid publication method.

    Content Space

    Herbert publications encourage submitting all the research content and offer proper space to full text, supplements, tables, figures and additional information related to the submitted manuscript. It provides appropriate links to all the supplements and permanent access online.

    Publication Ethicstop

    Herbert Publications recognizes the effort and involvement of a scholar in publishing an academic research work. To display quality in its articles, Herbert Publications support COPE guidelines and uphold high standards of publication ethics to all of its journals. To ensure fair evaluation process, all the submitted manuscripts undergo single-blind peer review process. The process involves strict measures to prevent plagiarism, redundancy of manuscripts, fabrication of data and multiple submissions.

    Herbert Publications firmly encourage original manuscripts and should be a sole contribution from the authors. The submitted manuscript has not been plagiarized wholly or partially from any previously published articles. It has not been published or under consideration for review by any other journal. If any infringement of the above guidelines is found in any submitted manuscripts, it will be subjected to immediate rejection and a ban of twelve months would be imposed on the authors from submitting subsequent manuscripts to any of the journals from Herbert Publications regardless with other co-authors who involved or not in the former infringement. The editorial boards of all the journals from Herbert Publications will be notified with the obligation. In case of repeated infringement, a ban for life would be imposed on the authors involved in the former infringement from submitting manuscripts in all of the Journals from Herbert Publications.

    Herbert Publications closely suggest authors to declare transparency in any case of duplication and demonstrate significant development in the submitted manuscript than the original article with correct citations. We endorse COPE and ICMJE guidelines to handle the submitted manuscript in case suspected for any duplication or substantial overlap. It is highly recommended to mention the ethical approvals for animal experimentation, sample collection or trials on humans with their consent. Also maintain transparency to acknowledge competing interest and disclose any partial benefits from individuals in manuscript preparation or funding resources for the research.

    If any departures observed from the above mentioned policies, Editors-in-Chief can be notified immediately to resolve the problem.

    Confidentiality and Pre-Publicitytop

    HERBERT PUBLICATIONS maintains confidentiality of all the submitted manuscripts. We will not disclose any information about manuscripts that are in review process / published / rejected to any outside person or organization. Editors and Reviewers should treat the submitted manuscripts confidentially and are not allowed to discuss or reveal the information to third parties.

    Authors can post pre-submission versions or the original submitted version of the manuscript on a personal blog (but not pre-accept versions that are in review process). Once the manuscript is submitted to the journal, authors are not granted to discuss with the media or with other scientific journals until the manuscript is published; otherwise it leads to rejection.

    Editorial Policytop

    Editorial policies are subjected to protect and strengthen the journals integrity and quality aiming reader's interest. In accordance to WAME definitions, Herbert Publications provides complete editorial freedom to the Editors-in-Chief with authority to determine journal's content and does not interfere with any sort of evaluation process of manuscripts.

    All the articles are produced with respect to the scope of the journal based on relevancy, integrity, scientific strength, potential interest, completeness, clarity and ethics. Decisions on manuscripts are not affected by the author's origin, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion or political beliefs. No government policies or agencies away from the journal will determine the decision. Decisions taken are strictly based on the articles validity and importance to the scientific readers.

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    Peer-Review Policytop

    Herbert Publications adopts COPE and ICMJE guidelines to attain standard peer review system, providing independence and editorial freedom to Editors-in-Chief for all the journals. The detail of each journal's content is the responsibility of concerned journal editor(s).

    All journals from Herbert Publications operate single blinded peer review system with rapid and thorough process through electronic submissions and communications. In this process the authors names and affiliations will be revealed to the reviewers, while authors are kept blinded from reviewer details. Initial decisions are held by Editors-in-Chief and submitted manuscripts will undergo unbiased preliminary assessment for the suitability to the scope of the journals. As an extension to the process, the assessed manuscripts are forwarded to at-least two expert reviewers in the field. This is intended to advance the correctness, clarity, and wholeness of manuscripts and help editors to decide whether the manuscript has to be published or not. Reports from at least two reviewers will be taken in to consideration for the decision to accept or reject a manuscript. Editors can give the updated guidance to the reviewers when required. Reviewers are given 3 weeks to send their fair and constructive reviews to Editor, and Editors-in-Chief are aimed to take the final decision within 6 weeks from the manuscript submission.

    In case of a negative decision from the editor, authors can challenge the decision with reasonable arguments. At the concerned editor's discretion, manuscripts will be forwarded to additional reviewers and final decisions will be made in support with their implications.

    Retraction Policytop

    Herbert Publications follows COPE guidelines for its retraction policy on a published article when a possible calculation errors and breaches are observed. The process involves alerting readers to corrections made in false data, experimental misconducts from published articles. It also considers literature infringements like plagiarism, redundant publications and data fabrication resulting in retraction of the publication.

    When editor is certain that the article infringes publication ethics, the article will be subjected to retraction. When editor is certain about misconduct, unconvincing and unreliable evidences, can issue expression of concern. When editor is certain on honest errors, incorrect list of contributors, can issue a correction. The mentioned actions will be implemented as early as possible to reduce citations on the invalid work and prevent drawing false conclusions.

    The reasons will be detailed under a clear label of retraction and a complete citation reference of the original article, title and authors will be included. Consequently, this may lead to question the legitimacy of the author's previous works and consult the author's institution for an assurance on the validity of previously published articles in Herbert Publications journals. Editors hold a right to announce uncertainty over the previously published articles when no assurance is heard.

    Reprint Policytop

    In concern to promote the research of any author, Herbert Publications extends its services to reprint the published articles and reproduce with professional quality. We also offer copies for commercial use and more details available from Reprints page.

    Payment policytop

    Open access publishing is a new generation digital publishing where the author is charged the cost of publication process for an article and made available online for free to everyone. This covers the editorial and peer review cost, journal publishing, website hosting and administrative costs for Herbert Publications.

    The submitting author is responsible for the payment of Article Processing Charge. Fee waiver will be granted to the author who has no funds for publishing and to authors based in countries considered under Low-income economies. Waiver is also offered when the institution covers publishing charges under a membership scheme.

    The author must confirm during manuscript submission and agree to arrange processing charge once the article is accepted for publication. Herbert Publications suggest authors with no funds to explain and ask for a waiver or discount during manuscript submission.

    The author will be asked to pay only when the manuscript completes peer review process and received editorial acceptance for publication. The article will be published online only after successful payment of publication cost.

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    Herbert Publications Manuscript Transfer Agreementtop

    In course of attaining high standards, Herbert Publications offers its best services to authors saving their valuable time and efforts.

    Manuscript transfer agreement facilitates authors with a mutual transfer of the manuscript between Herbert Publications journals. With respect to the editorial independence, when an editor of a journal decides that the submitted manuscript is not suitable to the scope of that journal, manuscript can be transferred to a more suitable journal as suggested by the editor with author's consent.

    The policy also applies to most of the journals in a condition when a manuscript is declined due to content and information concerns where the final decision will be taken by the editor-in-chief after considering the review reports from previous journal as well.

    This service ensures not only author to save their time, keeping the original date of submission and their effort, preventing resubmission of all the related material, but also benefits editor and reviewers not receiving the same manuscript twice.

    The process involves the transfer of all identities, reports and comments along with the manuscript from the formerly handled editor to the receiving editor. The receiving editor considers all the transfers and may also consult additional referees while making decision. Resubmission must be done with an attached undersigned copy of manuscript transfer agreement. This will result in the change of journal identity number and also author should note that a new manuscript identity number will be generated after resubmission.

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    Authors are not allowed to appeal the decision of previous journal concurrently when the manuscript is under consideration with new journal.

    Authors should note that benefit of this agreement can be used only once for a manuscript.