Publication Ethics

“Geographies of the Anthropocene” is a peer-reviewed and Open Access book series.

“Geographies of the Anthropocene” operates in not-for-profit mode.

It is mandatory for us to follow certain code of ethics and it is advisable/recommended to adhere strictly to the following code of ethics which contribute to enhance the quality of the published works. The aim of the written code of ethics is to provide guidance on the proper behaviour of editors, authors and reviewers in the process of scientific publication in any book published by “Geography of the Anthropocene” series.

Authors and Co-authors

Authors are advised to follow the following code of ethics strictly.

Submit manuscripts which are their original works or of the work they are associated with during their tenure.
Submitted manuscripts should contain original and new results, data, and their ideas, which are not submitted for publication elsewhere.
Fabrication of data and results, intellectual property theft and plagiarism are highly unacceptable; it is beyond the ethics of an author. Information obtained via various media should be provided in the manuscript only with prior permission from the owner of the source of information or data.
They should properly cite the work they are referring to; authors are advised to cross check the references before submitting their manuscript.
No manuscript should have an author who is not directly involved in the work for any means or reasons.
Authors and co-authors are requested to review and ensure the accuracy and validity of all the results prior to submission. The editor should be informed about any potential conflict of interest in advance.
All authors are requested to submit the copyright transfer form without fail once they receive the acceptance of their chapters for publication.

Editorial Board

The members of the Editorial Board are appointed by the Editors of the series. The Editorial Board takes care of all the relationships with the authors during the editing and implementation phases of the work. Members have the moral responsibility of supporting researchers to publish their works.

Scientific Board

The Scientific Board of “Geographies of the Anthropocene” series is responsible for the proper conduct of the series system and ensures the level of scientific quality of the series.
Scientific Board members are advised to check their availability for reviewing, acting as editor by checking their own schedule. Scientific Board members of “Geographies of the Anthropocene” should adhere to the publication policy of the series system without fail.

Editors

The term Editor is a common terminology used to refer to Chief Editor, Content editor, Subject Editor and Editorial Board members.
Editors of the “Geographies of the Anthropocene” series have full responsibility for editorial and technical decisions of the series.
No editor or office bearer should intervene or give comment on any editorial decisions taken on any manuscript by the concerned editor. Editors are requested to give unbiased considerations for the manuscripts submitted.
“Geographies of the Anthropocene” series aims for rapid publication; editors are advised to process the manuscripts promptly and diligently.
Editors are the sole responsible persons for the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript; it may be subjected to peer review but the final decision belongs to the concerned editor.
Any decision taken or matter of concern about a submitted manuscript should not be revealed to anyone by an editor. If one of the editor is willing to publish a manuscript it should be processed by another editor.
Editor should refrain from using the information, data, theories, or interpretations of any submitted manuscript in her/his own work until that manuscript is in press.

Reviewers

Reviewers are the main members contributing for the benefit of the series; being a peer reviewed (blind referee) series they are invited to not disclose their identity in any form.
A reviewer should immediately decline to review a chapter or a book submitted if he/she feels that the chapter/book is technically unqualified or if the timely review cannot be done by him/her or if the chapter/book has a conflict of interest.

All submissions should be treated as confidential; editorial approval might be given for any outside persons advice received.
No reviewer should pass on the chapter/book submitted to him/her for review to another reviewer without prior authorization. Such a request should be declined immediately.
Reviewers being the base of the whole quality process should ensure that the chapters/books published is of high quality and an original work. He/She may inform the editor if he/she finds the chapter/book submitted to him/her for review is under consideration in any other publication to his/her knowledge.

What should be checked while reviewing a manuscript?

There are no hard and fast rules to analyse a chapter or a book; this can be done on case by case basis considering the worthiness, quality, and originality of the chapter/book submitted. Overall, the following may be checked in a review:

Structure of the chapter/book submitted and its relevance to author guidelines;
– Purpose and objective of the chapter/book;
– Method of using transitions in the chapter/book;
– Introduction given and the conclusion/ suggestions provided;
– References provided to substantiate the content;
– Grammar, punctuation and spelling;
– Plagiarism issues;
– Suitability of the chapter/book to the need.
Reviewers comments determine the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript and it they are major elements in a peer review process. All our reviewers are requested to go through the manuscripts submitted to them for review in detail and give the review comments without any bias which. This will contribute to increase the quality of the series.

Breach of Code

We all shall ensure that the code of ethics formed is followed in all possible ways. Being a not-for-profit body, it is a moral responsibility of a person to follow the codes.
Chief editor and Committee members of “Geographies of the Anthropocene” series are entitled to take action against an individual if they are found to be violating the code.

 

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