Editor Guidelines

We know the significance of our Editors play crucial role in Open Access Publication right from forming of editorial board to publishing of manuscripts in fostering the worth of a publication and the journals content. Currently, we call for researchers worldwide to contribute their knowledge in improving the worth of journals by serving as Editors/ Reviewers.

Responsibilities of Editorial Board Member

  • Articles are assigned based on the research interest of the Editors. If the editors are busy with the other commitments, they can directly inform to the editorial office which enables us to assign the same article to other editors/reviewers having similar research interest.
  • Editors should review 3 to7 manuscripts per year.
  • Timely contribution of articles for upholding the issues constantly in the journal.
  • Encouraging the submission of quality articles by referring colleagues.
  • Should determine whether a submitted manuscript is appropriate for the journal.
  • Ensure feedback provided to authors is constructive, fair, and timely.
  • Should provide review comments within the given timeline.
  • An article can be processed by number of editors and it depends on the editors interest & his involvement in other commitments.
  • Should be able to resolve any conflicts.
  • Editors need to ensure the protection of individual data and maintain confidentiality. While considering case reports and patient photographs, it is always suggested to check for written consents and make sure it is obtained.

Editorial Policy

Editorial policies are optimized to protect and strengthen the journals integrity and quality while aiming at readers interest. VIPOA provides complete editorial freedom to the Editorial Board members with the authority to determine journals content and it does not impede with any sort of assessment process of manuscripts.

Vernon publications are intended to meet research ethics and copyright protection to maintain transparency and value the privacy of participating individuals such as editors, reviewers and authors. The principal goal of an editor should be to endeavor the content quality, ensure skillful peer review process and publish on a timely basis.

Editors should ensure that all the articles are published with respect to the scope of the journal based on relevancy, reliability, scientific strength, new inputs, probable interest, completeness, clarity and ethics. Also declare that decisions given upon manuscripts are not affected by the authors origin, personal issues, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion or political beliefs. Decisions must be provided stringently based on the articles scientific legitimacy and importance to the scientific community.

Editorial Process

Generally, it is expected to complete the whole Editorial process within 6 weeks from the manuscript submission to final article publishing. Once an author completes manuscript submission the manuscript will be assigned to a prominent Editor in the field who undertake an unbiased preliminary evaluation of the suitability for the scope of the journal. As an extension of the process, the assessed manuscripts are forwarded to at least three expert reviewers in the field. This is intended to advance the appropriateness, clarity, and wholeness of manuscripts and help editors to decide whether the manuscript has to be published or not. Editors are given 3 weeks time to complete Editorial review in which the reviewers should be given 2 weeks to send their fair and productive reviews to the Editor.

The editors will take reports from at least two reviewers into consideration while making a decision to accept or reject a manuscript. Editors are recommended to give the restructured guidelines to the reviewers when required. Concurrently, the final decision will be taken by the Editor-in-Chief to publish the accepted manuscript.

Peer Review Process - 'Single Blinded'

Editors should ensure a proficient peer review process under reputed reviewers. All journals from Vernon Publications operate single blinded peer review 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 information. Editors should be attentive to maintain confidentiality throughout the Editorial process.

Editors should not implicate any editing to the reviews given by reviewers. The comments should be forwarded to the authors as such unless the language is inappropriate and unsuitable for professional communication. Editors should monitor the reviews to comprise clear suggestions and honest corrections that reflect amicability rather than unfair language or offensive denunciation.

Article Types

VIPOA follows a precise format for each article type to maintain a diverse form for the reader's convenience. Therefore, Editors will be asked to assess different types of manuscripts and judge their relevancy to the scope of the journal. To find what type of articles published, please visit 'Information to authors' section on the corresponding Journal home page.

Complaints

Editors should note that the author will have the right to appeal against the judgment of the Editorial Board. In case of a negative decision from the editor, authors can challenge the conclusion with reasonable arguments. According to COPE guidelines, Editors should be able to justify with timely response and ensure to take the grievance further. At the concerned Editor's discretion, manuscripts will be forwarded to additional reviewers and final decisions will be made in support with their suggestions. Editor-in-Chief will be notified with every action from Editorial Board members and they can solicit assistance when required.

Plagiarism

If editors detect the plagiarism, they need to contact the authors, discuss the problem and rejection of a manuscript is put into action.

Manuscript Transfer

In the course of attaining high standards and proficient peer review process, VIPOA offers its finest services to authors saving their precious time and efforts. We also aim to reduce the recurrence of review process for a manuscript when it does not fall under the scope of the journal. To speed up the publication procedure and minimize delays from reviewers, VIP facilitates authors with a mutual transfer of the manuscript between VIPOA Journals.

With respect to the Editorial independence, when an editor of a journal decides that the submitted manuscript is not appropriate to the scope of this journal, the manuscript can be transferred to a more suitable journal as recommended by the editor with the author's consent. The reviews will be passed on to the handling editor of the new journal and reviewers' names will be revealed to the handling editor for Editorial purpose unless reviewers do not wish to share their report with other VIPOA Journals.