Publication Ethics

The SBF Journal, regards publication ethics as essential in the development of scientific body of knowledge. As such this journal is committed to ensure submissions in accordance with academic and ethical standards to prevent publication malpractice by adhering to Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing as defined in scholarly organizations as Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
As the journal is committed to free and open access academic publishing, this journal does not apply articles processing and submission charges.
All content is available in full text on the site without embargo and without delay, immediately upon publication.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s Publication Rules site to be informed about the aims and scope of this Journal and to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

The SBF Journal, in addition to its Publication Rules, is guided by the following principles:

1. Editorial Board Responsibilities
1.1 Publication Decisions
The editorial board of the SBF Journal, are collectively responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal would be published.
The editorial board encourages academic honesty following the Guidelines on good publication practice as defined by COPE.
The editorial board reserves the right to retract the article in case it is evaluated as breaching the ethical principles stated below or it has a high similarity score according to iThenticate duplication-checking software.
If an article is taken under the peer review process, it does not necessarily mean that the article is going to be published. Even if peer review process is completed successfully, an editorial board decision is needed for publication.
1.2 Objectivity
The editorial board evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
1.3 Plagiarism
As plagiarism is considered as an indicator of a poor quality journal, or a journal that uses no quality control system, the editorial board take issues of plagiarism very seriously and employs a strict policy to prevent plagiarism.
The editorial board ensure the originality of written work before publication by submitting them to the iThenticate duplication-checking software.
Additionally, editorial board, always investigates claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles.
Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies.
Articles submitted to SBF Journal must not be under the peer review process of any other journal. The editorial board considers this as a mandatory condition for submission.
1.4 Confidentiality
The editor board ensures the protection of the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers, unless otherwise agreed with the relevant authors and reviewers.

2. Author's Responsibilities
2.1 Prior Publication
The authors should submit their original works to our journal. Authors should not submit the same work in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.
Authors are responsible for the originality and acknowledgement of sources.
Authors may be asked to provide the research data supporting their paper for editorial review and/or to comply with the open data requirements of the journal. The authors have the right to retract their articles by informing the editorial board before the decision of publication is taken.
2.2 Conflict of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could be viewed as inappropriately influencing (bias) their work.
2.3 Plagiarism
Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others.  Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.

3. Reviewer's Responsibilities
The journal adheres to blind peer review process.
3.1 Confidentiality
The reviewers are bound to treat the manuscript received for peer reviewing as confidential, and must not use the information obtained through peer review for personal advantage.
Reviewers must not share the review or information about the paper with anyone or contact the authors directly without permission from the editor.
3.2 Ethical Issues
A reviewer should be alert to potential ethical issues in the paper and should bring these to the attention of the editor, including any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge.
3.3 Objectivity
The reviews should be conducted objectively and personal criticism of the author/authors is inappropriate.
Reviewers should consult the Editor before agreeing to review a paper where they have potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors.

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