Publication Ethics

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their work and ideas.

HolyKnight Publication is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its core practices.

Journal Paper Publication Policy

  1. The publication will not be an Open Access repository.
  2. Multiple submissions of the same paper on different journal submission will all be discarded.
  3. If plagiarism problem was found, all authors including the corresponded authors cannot submit paper(s) to our journal for three years.
  4. The plagiarized paper will be removed even though it was already published, and this will be noticed on the home page.
  5. If double submission was found, all authors including the corresponded authors cannot submit paper(s) to our journal for three years.

1. Quality

  • Papers must be double-blind refereed according to the support society’s strict standards. Papers should preferably be sent to 3 referees (2 minimum) and must be amended according to their comments. If one referee accepts the paper and one rejects it, the decision of the third referee is final. Guest Editors should retain the referees’ reports until the paper has been published. The publisher reserves the right to re-referee and/or reject an accepted paper if the paper does not meet the criteria outlined in the review form or if the paper is in some other way deemed unsuitable.

  • Also, there should be a balance of papers internationally and topically, and account must be taken from the status and credibility of the research centers from where the submitted papers are accepted and published.

2. Conference papers

It is not unusual for papers to be submitted that are based on conference papers, which may have been published elsewhere. These papers require special care. It is important to observe the following in considering submissions based on those:

  • If the original conference paper has been published elsewhere, or the copyright has been assigned to the conference organizers or another party, the Author is required to ensure that he/she has cleared any necessary permission with the copyright owner in the original. Paper submitted to the journal will not be accepted unless such permissions have been obtained.
  • The submitted paper must be substantially revised, expanded and rewritten so that it is significantly different from the conference paper or presentation on which it is based. The paper must be sufficiently different to make it a new, original work. This is unlikely to be the case if less than 50% of the paper is clearly new. This is a matter of judgment that should be based on a comparison of the submitted paper with the original conference paper.
  • The paper must contain a statement fully acknowledging the original conference paper: This paper is a revised and expanded version of a paper entitled [conference paper title] presented at [name, location and date of conference].

3. Submission Guidelines

All accepted papers will be published in the web first, and included in the hard copy journal later. Authors should submit paper with about 10 to 18 pages by using online systems of respective journal.

  • Two-Three (2-3) months for invited authors to submit the first draft of their papers;
  • Minimum of one (1) month for the refereeing process and to inform the authors of the outcome of the refereeing process and of any changes requested by the referees.
  • One (1) month for authors to resubmit the final manuscript of their papers after incorporating any changes requested by the referees.

4. Review Process

A. Initial Screening

All submitted and invited papers should go through an initial screening process to screen papers which are not suitable or has have different focus, papers which are marginal, weak papers, etc. Only relevant and of high quality papers should be processed and sent to referees (we do not want to waste the time of the referees by sending poor or marginal papers to them). Send every paper which passes the initial screening process to be refereed by three experts.

B. Refereeing Process:

  • If two referees accept the paper, the paper is then considered for selection. However, if they accept the paper BUT the paper only scored marginal or just acceptable for Originality, Quality, Relevance, Presentation and Recommendation then the paper is not up to the standard of the journal and the editor should reject it.
  • If two referees reject the paper, the paper is rejected and the authors are informed.
  • If two referees disagree, then the third referee’s decision is final. Editor-in-Chief may reject papers which have been rejected by referees but cannot send acceptance letters to authors until the selected papers for the special issue and their refereeing reports have all been reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief.

5. Publication Process

The Publisher reserves the right to make a final review, i.e. final acceptance of the papers is subject to this final review process which is a part of the publisher’s quality assurance process before publication.

The final manuscript of each selected paper should include:

  • Title of the paper, names of authors, their affiliations, complete addresses and e mail addresses.
  • The name, address, email address and fax number of the corresponding author to whom the proof of the typeset paper should go to for checking.
  • A brief abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Brief biographical notes about authors.
  • High quality and high resolution figures suitable for printing high quality figures in black and white.
  • Each paper must have the HolyKnight Publication Agreement (Copyright form) completed by the author. If a paper has more than one author, each author must sign a Copyright form of their own. It is not acceptable for one author to sign on behalf of all authors. As stated above, papers will not be processed unless a signed Copyright form from each author is attached to it.

If papers have been refereed and accepted and sent for typesetting, the authors have to abide by what they have written; no further changes are acceptable in:

  • Author‘s details (e.g. adding more names or deleting names) or in their sequence
  • The content of the paper (except for typesetting corrections)

If authors wish to make changes to content, then the paper has to be withdrawn and must go back to be refereed as a new paper. If there is any dispute about authorship or intellectual property, the paper must be withdrawn completely from publication until the authors settle their legal claims. It is not the publisher’s responsibility to solve or interfere in any intellectual property dispute.

 

6. Typesetting

  • When the papers for the special issue are accepted by the final review process, the papers are processed for typesetting and all the succeeding publication processes will be conducted by the publisher.
  • The corresponding author of each paper will receive by email the proof of his/her paper to check. He/she must return the corrected proofs within seven days in order to avoid any delays in publishing the special issue. If the research society has not received a response by then, the research society will contact Guest Editors to help chase the author for a reply.
  • After having their corrections incorporated by the typesetter, the proofs will again be sent to authors to check and to ensure that all their corrections are included. It is the responsibility of authors to check and correct the proofs of their papers. Papers cannot be published until they are checked and approved by authors. And papers cannot be amended once they are published, except in very exceptional circumstances, so authors should take great care in approving the final version for publication.

7. Author Entitlement and Postprint Permission

The author/s will received a PDF file of their published paper. Hard copies of journal issues may be purchased at a special price for authors. The Journal will also permit the Author to use the Article for non-commercial purposes after publication:

  1. Using the Article for further research and in courses that the Author is teaching provided acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication.
  2. Posting the Accepted Version (final post-acceptance manuscript version) on the author’s personal web pages or in an institutional repository maintained by the institution to which the Author is affiliated, provided acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication and upon condition that it shall not be accessible until after 5 months from HolyKnight’s publication date).
  3. Incorporating the Article content in other works by the Author, provided acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication

In all cases, full acknowledgement in the form of a full citation must be given to the Journal as the original source of publication, together with a link to the Journal web page and/or DOI.

8. Copyright and Author Rights

In all that we do, we work to ensure the widest possible access to the articles that we publish, to enhance the reputation of the author, the journal, its editor and editorial board, and the value that we add as publisher in both printed and online form. The transfer of copyright is standard practice in journal publishing. It also enable us to defend and enforce authors’ rights against plagiarism, copyright infringement, unauthorized use and, most important for authors’ professional reputation, breach of authors’ moral rights.

The form can be downloaded from the website at:

9. Special Sections

This journal will also publish scientific news and views, reports, commentary, technical comments, research highlights, science and technology features and perspectives, business, book reviews, jobs, etc., at the discretion of Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors. Authors are advised to cite proper and correct sources for news, research highlights, etc

10. Journal Policy

It is Journal policy to publish only original and unpublished research work therefore Journal does not wish to receive any papers on research work that has already been reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in any form, in print or in electronic media. When submitting a manuscript, authors should make a full statement to the Editors that the research work contained in their manuscript is completely original and unpublished. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of this journal.

11. Ethical Compliance

Research papers reporting animal or clinical studies should, where appropriate, contain a statement that they have been carried out with animal or human ethics committee approval. All scientific studies should be carried out in accordance with the relevant national and local guidelines. Each author(s) warrants that his or her research institution has fully approved the protocol for all scientific studies involving animals or humans and that all experiments of any kinds were conducted in compliance with ethical and humane principles of research after ethics committee approval.

We gladly invite you to be part of our editorial board or reviewer. Below are the responsibilities, benefits and terms of the editorial board, you are requested to carefully read these conditions.

Responsibilities

  • Gives the publisher an efficient way to manage his article by eliminating concerns on grammar and sentence construction.
  • Allows the publisher to attract more smart readers by presenting the grammatically correct and interesting articles.
  • Creates good reputation on the part of the publishing company since the articles are written well and the edited by the good set of editors.
  • Makes the publisher reliable source of written articles and builds authority to the publisher through the written articles.
  • Take charge of the publications content.
  • Check the manuscript against in any form of plagiarism.
  • Considers the content of publications based on the publisher’s style, policy and requirements.
  • Verifies the factual data and statistics based on the reliable sources.
Reviews and approves the proof submitted by writers.

Benefits

A well written article reflects the expertise of an editor. When an article speaks with authority, it means a good editor behind that work. The benefits of an editor are as follows:

  • Has the advantage of meticulously analyzing relevant data and verifying the truthfulness of the matter. In short, they become more knowledgeable and analytical on a certain topics. As such, you can be a good authority also on such matters either as an editor, writer or speaker.
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  • Also, as part of the editorial board, you obtain a higher level of preference and authority on what to include in particular publication content. Your published works can be a novel a source of information for wide-readers and has the great possibility of being cited on related literature or relevant researchers.
  • The career path of an editor at the start can be competitive yet once you happily do your job, your career leads to one successful publication to another bigger publication projects. In essence, as an editor one creates his own career path depending on his editing skills. The better editor gets the better wait him.
  • The editorial board members or reviewers will receive an automatic 20% discount to publish their article in HolyKnight Publication journals. Agreement The acceptance of following terms and conditions confirms your appointment as a member on editorial board or reviewer of journals of HolyKnight Publication.
  • The publisher has the right to appoint you as Managing Editor, Associate Editors or Editorial Review Board base on your submitted CV.
  • Your appointment is initially for three years.
  • You are expected to observe carefully general policies, code of ethics and practices of the HolyKnight Publication which may change from time to time based on expansion plans for the improvement in quality of the journal system.
  • You are required to fill-out the Editorial Board Application Form and provide the necessary information and send to journal@holyknight.co.uk.
  • You agree to display your name and photograph on the website of the site and journal cover. Termination It is expected that you will complete the term as stated. This agreement may be terminated at any time based on following conditions.
  • Lack of mutual understanding on common aspects as per the policies of HolyKnight Publication.
  • Repetitive unsatisfactory performance of the assigned work.

1. Quality

  • Papers must be double-blind refereed according to the support society’s strict standards. Papers should preferably be sent to 3 referees (2 minimum) and must be amended according to their comments. If one referee accepts the paper and one rejects it, the decision of the third referee is final. Guest Editors should retain the referees’ reports until the paper has been published. The publisher reserves the right to re-referee and/or reject an accepted paper if the paper does not meet the criteria outlined in the review form or if the paper is in some other way deemed unsuitable.

  • Also, there should be a balance of papers internationally and topically, and account must be taken from the status and credibility of the research centers from where the submitted papers are accepted and published.

2. Conference papers

It is not unusual for papers to be submitted that are based on conference papers, which may have been published elsewhere. These papers require special care. It is important to observe the following in considering submissions based on those:

  • If the original conference paper has been published elsewhere, or the copyright has been assigned to the conference organizers or another party, the Author is required to ensure that he/she has cleared any necessary permission with the copyright owner in the original. Paper submitted to the journal will not be accepted unless such permissions have been obtained.
  • The submitted paper must be substantially revised, expanded and rewritten so that it is significantly different from the conference paper or presentation on which it is based. The paper must be sufficiently different to make it a new, original work. This is unlikely to be the case if less than 50% of the paper is clearly new. This is a matter of judgment that should be based on a comparison of the submitted paper with the original conference paper.
  • The paper must contain a statement fully acknowledging the original conference paper: This paper is a revised and expanded version of a paper entitled [conference paper title] presented at [name, location and date of conference].

3. Guest Editor’s General Role

  • Guest Editors should use the ‘call for papers’ to send to invited authors. Experience shows that many of the high quality papers are often received in response to direct invitations.

  • Guest Editors should appoint a panel of referees to help them in their task, bearing in mind the comment above concerning papers authored by Guest Editors or by members of Guest Editors’ research groups.

  • Both general and special issues should not have more than one paper submitted by an author, unless there is a very strong reason for that.

  • If Guest Editors receive more high quality refereed and accepted papers than would fill a double issue, please let the Editor-in-Chief know to discuss the possibility of another special issue in the journal or a further special issue in a different, relevant HolyKnight journal. If a different journal is proposed, the Guest editor must contact each author to advise him/her of the reasons, and to seek his/her explicit consent. Under no circumstances should a paper be published in a different journal without the prior written consent of the author.

  • Guest Editors can choose referees to help them, as they wish, from experts in the subject of the special issue. Since the refereeing process is a blind one, Guest Editors can also use some of the authors as referees if they have problems in appointing enough re

  • An example of a timetable for editing a special issue is as follows. Allow:

    • Two-Three (2-3) months for invited authors to submit the first draft of their papers;

    • Minimum of one (1) month for the refereeing process and to inform the authors of the outcome of the refereeing process and of any changes requested by the referees.

    • One (1) month for authors to resubmit the final manuscript of their papers after incorporating any changes requested by the referees.

4. Submission Guidelines

All accepted papers will be published in the web first, and included in the hard copy journal later. Authors should submit paper with about 10 to 18 pages by using online systems of respective journal.

5. Review Process

A. Initial Screening

All submitted and invited papers should go through an initial screening process to weed out papers which are not suitable or have different focus, papers which are marginal, weak papers, etc. Only good and relevant papers should be processed and sent to referees (we do not want to waste the time of the referees by sending poor or marginal papers to them). Send every paper which passes the initial screening process to be refereed by three experts.

B. Refereeing Process:

Since the refereeing process is a blind one, Guest Editors can use some of the authors as referees if they have problems in appointing enough referees.

  • If two referees accept the paper, the paper is then considered for selection. However, if they accept the paper BUT the paper only scored marginal or just acceptable for Originality, Quality, Relevance, Presentation and Recommendation, then the paper is not up to the standard of the journal and the editor should reject it.
  • If two referees reject the paper, the paper is rejected and the authors are informed.
  • If two referees disagree, then the third referee’s decision is final. Guest Editors may reject papers which have been rejected by referees but cannot send acceptance letters to authors until the selected papers for the special issue and their refereeing reports have all been reviewed by the Guest Editor.
  • Papers authored or co-authored by Guest Editors or by authors from the Guest Editor’s institution must be sent to the Editor or relevant Associate Editor responsible for Special Issues (if one is available) who will arrange for the paper(s) to be refereed independently.

    Guest Editors must ask the authors of accepted papers to sign a copyright agreement form to assign the copyright of their papers to the publisher. If the paper has more than one author each author can sign the same HolyKnight Copyright Agreement Form. The signed copyright forms must be submitted by authors to the Guest Editors. Copyright Agreement forms are available on the website as a part of guidelines for authors. Papers cannot be published unless a signed copyright form from each author, assigning the copyright of papers to the publisher, has been received.

6. Publication Process

When Guest Editors have the final manuscripts of all the refereed and selected papers for the special issue they should send a copy of all the papers and referees’ comments to the Editor-in-Chief for his or her review. The Publisher reserves the right to make a final review, i.e. final acceptance of the papers is subject to this final review process which is a part of the publisher’s quality assurance process before publication. The Editor-in-Chief will provide details of where to send the papers for typesetting.

The final manuscript of each selected paper should include:

  • Title of the paper, names of authors, their affiliations, complete addresses and e mail addresses.
  • The name, address, email address and fax number of the corresponding author to whom the proofs of the typeset paper should go to for checking.
  • A brief abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Brief biographical notes about authors.
  • High quality and high resolution figures capable of printing high quality figures in black and white.
  • Each paper must have the HolyKnight Author Agreement (Copyright form) completed by the author. If a paper has more than one author each author must sign a Copyright form of their own. It is not acceptable for one author to sign on behalf of all authors. As per above, papers will not be processed unless accompanied by a signed Copyright form from each author. The form can be downloaded from the website at:

If papers have been refereed and accepted and sent for typesetting, the authors have to abide by what they have written; no further changes are acceptable in:

  • Author‘s details (e.g. adding more names or deleting names) or in their sequence
  • The content of the paper (except for typesetting corrections)

If authors wish to make changes to content, then the paper has to be withdrawn and must go back to be refereed as a new paper. If there is any dispute about authorship or intellectual property, the paper must be withdrawn completely from publication until the authors settle their legal claims. It is not the publisher’s responsibility to solve or interfere in any intellectual property dispute.

7. Typesetting

  • When the papers for the special issue are accepted by the final review process, the papers are processed for typesetting and all the succeeding publication processes will be conducted by the publisher.
  • The corresponding author of each paper will receive by email the proofs of his/her paper to check. He/she must return the corrected proofs within seven days in order to avoid any delays in publishing the special issue. If we have not received a response by then, we will contact Guest Editors to help chase the author for a reply.
  • After having their corrections incorporated by the typesetter, the proofs will again be sent to authors to check and to ensure that all their corrections are included. It is the responsibility of authors to check and correct the proofs of their papers. Papers cannot be published until they are checked and approved by authors. And papers cannot be amended once they are published, except in very exceptional circumstances, so authors should take great care in approving the final version for publication.

As a publisher, HolyKnight realizes that fraud erodes the public trust and deeply affects the outcomes of all research results and findings reported within scholarly journals and academic reference books. As such, HolyKnight has taken on several measures to avoid such indiscretions:

  • The Editor(s)-in-Chief of a book or journal is the only person responsible for the initial review of a submission to verify that it meets the coverage of the book or journal and also to ensure that authors’ names and affiliations are removed from the paper prior to assigning it for review.
  • All individuals invited to join an editorial advisory or review board must submit a copy of their Curriculum Vitae/Resume for review, and there must be a written email or letter by that person accepting the nomination and appointment to the board.