The publication ethics policy of USP is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. USP is committed to upholding the integrity of the work we publish, we encourage editors, reviewers and authors of USP to refer to the COPE website to understand the guidelines.
USP aims to promote fairness, equality, transparency towards all its authors, editors and reviewers during the publishing process.
Authors of USP journals should:
Editors of USP should:
Reviewers of USP should:
- Present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper.
- Ensure that the works they have written are entirely original, and any works that have been used in the process of writing and/or have been influential in the reported work, the author(s) have to appropriately cite or quote it.
- List those that have made significant contribution to the reported study as co-authors, and for others who have participated in certain aspects to be listed or acknowledged as contributors in their study. The corresponding author has to ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper, and agree to its submission for publication.
- Declare any financial or non-financial conflict of interest.
- Should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher to rectify or retract the paper should they discover a significant error or inaccuracy of their published work.