Publication Ethics

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:

  • 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.

Editors of USP should:

  • Be responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be accepted and published. The editor may discuss with other editors or reviewers in making the decision for each paper.
  • Evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Not reveal any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript in their own research without the written consent of the author(s).
  • Be willing to investigate any fraudulent data within the article and publish corrections, retractions, clarifications and apologies when required

Reviewers of USP should:

  • Assists the editor in making editorial decisions through the peer review process and at the same time assist the author in improving the paper.
  • Inform the EIC should they feel unqualified to review the manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review.
  • Not show to or discuss the submitted manuscript with others except as authorized by the editor.
  • Conduct the reviews objectively, personal criticism of the author is inappropriate and should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript in their own research without the written consent of the author(s).
  • Not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest connected to the papers and if any, reviewers should inform the EIC immediately.