Academician Publishing Crossmark Policy
What is Crossmark?
Crossmark is a multi-publisher initiative from Crossref to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the Crossmark logo, Academician Publishing is committing to maintaining the content it publishes, and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
Clicking on the Crossmark logo will tell you the current status of a document, and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.
All research articles in the Journals published by Academician Publishing that report original results should include details of any software used to process the results. It is essential that others can see the source data in order to be able to replicate the study and analyze the data, as well as in some circumstances, reuse it. So, the authors need to agree that, if requested by the editors, they will provide the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Failure to provide the source data for publication without good justification may result in the article being rejected.
For detailed information about the submission guidelines, please refer to Authors' Guide.
Permanency of content
All articles in the Journals published by Academician Publishing receive a DOI and are permanently published. This applies regardless of the outcome of the peer review that follows after publication.
All content, including articles that have not (yet) passed peer review, is permanently archived in our cloud server. All versions of all articles that have passed peer review is also being archived in the cloud server.
Authors can revise, change and update their articles by publishing new versions, which are added to the article's history; however, the individual versions, once published, cannot be altered or withdrawn and are permanently available on the Journal website. Academician Publishing participates in the CrossMark scheme, a multi-publisher initiative that has developed a standard way for readers to locate the current version of an article. By applying the CrossMark policies, the Journal is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
Clicking on the CrossMark logo (at the top of each article) will give you the current status of an article and direct you to the latest published version.
In order to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record, the following policies will be applied when published content needs to be corrected; these policies take into account current best practice in the scholarly publishing and library communities.
For more information about our Review Policy, please refer to the Review Policy section on "About the Journal" page. The detailed Reviewer's Guide can also be reached at this page.
Correction to an Article
Academician Publishing uses the Open Journal Systems v3.2 that allows versioning which means different versions of an article to be published.
In the Journals published by Academician Publishing, all articles are peer reviewed before publication, Corrections (or Errata) are published to alert readers to errors in the article that became apparent following the publication of the final article.
With the introduction of the versioning system, any errors that become apparent after publishing the article can be corrected through the publication of new versions. Corrections and changes relative to the previous version are always summarized in the 'Amendments' section at the start of a new version.
Articles may be retracted for several reasons, including:
honest errors reported by the authors (for example, errors due to the mixing up of samples or use of a scientific tool or equipment that is found subsequently to be faulty)
research misconduct (data fabrication)
duplicate or overlapping publication
fraudulent use of data
For any retracted article, the reason for retraction and who is instigating the retraction will be clearly stated in the Retraction notice. The retraction notice will be linked to the retracted article (which usually remains on the site) and the article will be clearly marked as retracted (including the PDF).
An article is usually only retracted at the authors' request or by the publisher in response to an institutional investigation. It is important to note in the context of the Journal's publication model, that ‐ as in traditional journals ‐ a retracted article is not 'unpublished' or 'withdrawn' in order for it to be published elsewhere. The reasons for retraction are usually so serious that the whole study, or large parts of it, are not appropriate for inclusion in the scientific literature anywhere.
The content of a retracted article would only be removed where legal limitations have been placed upon the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), for example, if the article is clearly defamatory or infringes others' legal rights, or if the article is the subject of a court order. In such cases, the bibliographic information for the article will be retained on the site along with information regarding the circumstances that led to the removal of the content.
Under rare circumstances, for example, if false or inaccurate data have been published that, if acted upon, pose a serious health risk, the original incorrect version(s) may be removed and a corrected version published. The reason for this partial removal would be clearly stated on the latest version.
If there is a potential, not yet resolved, problem with an article, it may be appropriate to alert readers with an Editorial Note. Such an Editorial Note may be added, for example, if Academician Publishing receives information that research or publication misconduct might have taken place, or that there is a serious dispute between authors or between the authors and third parties. The Editorial Note will usually be posted while further investigations take place and until a more permanent solution has been found (e.g. the publication of a revised 'corrected' version, or a Retraction).
Expression of Concern
In rare cases, Academician Publishing may decide to publish an Expression of Concern, which is linked to the problematic article, if there are serious concerns about an article but no conclusive evidence can be obtained that would unequivocally justify a Retraction. This may include:
- if there is inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct
- there is evidence that there are problems with the article, but the authors' institution will not investigate the case
- an investigation into alleged misconduct has not been impartial or conclusive
Allegations of misconduct
The Journals published by Academician Publishing follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and provides an ethical publishing framework in accordance with COPE's codes of conduct for editors and publishers.
If a case of suspected research or publication misconduct is brought to our attention, we will follow COPE guidelines. This may involve contacting the authors' research institution, an ethics committee or other third parties.
Research misconduct includes data fabrication or falsification, or cases where research involving animals or humans has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. Publication misconduct includes duplicate publication of articles or clear plagiarism. Honest errors or differences of opinion are not considered 'misconduct'.
If you suspect potential misconduct in an article in a Journals published by Academician Publishing, please contact the editorial office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on the Journal's ethics policy, please refer to our Publication Ethics Policy page.
Appeals and complaints
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine follows the COPE guidelines in relation to complaints and appeals. If you wish to make an appeal about an editorial decision or make a complaint you should contact the editorial office (email@example.com). In the instance that your issue cannot be resolved by the editorial office, the Publishing Director should be contacted.