Ethics and malpractice statements of the JSSCM are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and pertain to all parties involved in the publishing: the editor, the peer reviewer and the author.
Publication decisions. The editor of the JSSCM is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be considered for publication. The editor is guided by the JSSCM Editorial Board, and also following legal requirements such as libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Fairness. The editor evaluates the manuscript without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political orientation of the authors.
Confidentiality. The editor and editorial staff of JSSCM do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author and reviewers.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Peer review assists the editor of the JSSCM in making decisions about publishing the manuscript, and the reviewers help in communications with the author in the process of improving the paper.
Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified or has other reasons for not accepting to review the manuscript promptly notifies the editor.
Confidentiality. Any manuscripts received for review is treated as confidential documents. The documents will not be shown to or discussed with others except to those authorized by the editor.
Objectivity. Reviews are conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers express their views clearly and with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources. Reviewers identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement, derivation, or argument that had been previously reported must be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer will call the editor's attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and any other published paper.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest. Important information or ideas obtained through peer review will be kept confidential and will not be used for personal advantage. Reviewers of JSSCM will not accept for review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest arising from relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions in connection with the manuscript.
Authors of manuscripts of original research submitted to JSSCM should provide an accurate presentation of the work performed, including an objective discussion of its significance. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention. Authors of a manuscript submitted to JSSCM are asked to provide the additional data in connection with the manuscript for editorial review, as well as access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if required; and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works; if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication. An author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research if it has been published in another journal or primary publication.
Acknowledgement of Sources. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work in the submitted manuscript to JSSCM.
Authorship of the Paper. Authorship is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the work reported in the submitted manuscript. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects. If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest. All authors of a manuscript subjected to JSSCM should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in a published paper in JSSCM. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the editor of JSSCM and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.