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ETHICS

 

Author Responsibilities 

 

Being an author 

Submission to a TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE] is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed all of the contents. The corresponding (submitting) author is solely responsible for communicating with the journal and with managing communication between coauthors. Before submission, the corresponding author ensures that all authors are included in the author list, its order has been agreed by all authors, and that all authors are aware that the paper was submitted. And all authors must follow national and international procedures that govern the ethics of experimentation. This content of the author ethics should be included in text.

 

After acceptance, the proof is sent to the corresponding author, who circulates it to all coauthors and deals with the journal on their behalf; the journal will not necessarily correct errors after publication if they result from errors that were present on a proof that was not shown to coauthors before publication.

 

Corresponding author - responsibilities after publication
Corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of all content in the proof, in particular that names of coauthors are present and correctly spelled. The journal regards the corresponding author as the point of contact for queries about the published paper. It is this author's responsibility to inform all coauthors of matters arising and to ensure such matters are dealt with promptly.

 

Correcting the record
Any published correction requires the consent of all coauthors, so time is saved if requests for corrections are accompanied by signed agreement by all authors (in the form of a scanned attachment to an email).

 

A confidential process
TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE] Editors treat the submitted manuscript and all communication with authors and referees as confidential. Authors must also treat communication with the journal as confidential.

 

Referee suggestions
Authors are welcome to suggest suitable reviewers, but these suggestions may not be followed by the journal. Authors may request the journal to exclude individuals. The journal considers such exclusion requests, but the Editor's decision on the choice of peer-reviewers is final.

 

Use of Experimental Animals and Human Subjects 

 

For research manuscripts in the TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE] (Articles, Brief Communications, Case report) reporting experiments on live vertebrates and/or higher invertebrates, the corresponding author must confirm that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations. The manuscript must documented in your paper (methods section), a statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the experiments, including any relevant details. For experiments involving human subjects, authors must identify the committee approving the experiments, and include with their submission a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all subjects.

 

Guidelines for Natural Resource Names

All scientific names (Latin binomials) must be italicized or underlined throughout the text and in the tables and figures. For plant and animal species, full or complete scientific names, genus-species and the correct authority citation, must be used, when that name appears for the first time in text. The authority citation may be dropped in subsequent mention of that name throughout the text. The family name must follow the scientific name in parentheses when the name appears for the first time in the text. Full scientific names and the family name of the subject plants/animals must be used in the Abstract. Synonyms must be indicated in parentheses and preceded by the word "syn." followed by a colon. Authors are advised to consult the International Plant Name Index (IPNI, www.ipni.org) web-based databases to determine the correct spelling of full plant scientific names. Generic names may be abbreviated, provided such practice does not lead to confusion; generic names, however, must not be abbreviated when the name appears for the first time in the text. Specific epithets must never be abbreviated. The voucher herbarium specimen number of the plant(s) studied in case of less well known plants, cited using the collector and collection number, and indicating the name of the herbarium institution where it has been deposited.


Plagiarism and Fabrication 

 

Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else's work as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, to 'salami-slicing', where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.

Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in a TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]. But minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example, when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper. The TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]  Editors judge any case of which they become aware on its own merits.

If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published in a TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE], the journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author's institute and funding agencies.