Corrections and Retraction Policy
(1) Article Withdrawal
Authors may realize the need to make corrections or withdraw a manuscript after submitting it. To facilitate this justifiable requirement the Journal has devised its Corrections and Withdrawal Policy.
According to this policy, the author can withdraw the manuscript at any time before its publication in its final form or during the peer-review process. The author has to submit a withdrawal request by email to the Editorial Office stating proper reason and decision would be taken by the editor and proceeded accordingly. If the publisher/Editor decides to withdraw the article due to reasons like plagiarism, duplicate or multiple publications, manipulation of data and any other such fraudulent acts an email would be sent to the author for proper explanation and further rectification. If not satisfied or no response from the author, editor or the publisher just removes the article on leave a note with the information regarding the withdrawal. A note email may be sent to the affiliating institute/department/university/academic superiors of the author about the author’s unethical practice (if any).
(2) Article Corrections
An errata or corrigenda or addenda will be published in case of discovery of a major or significant error in a manuscript after its publication. This is done with the consent of both the publisher and the author. However minor errors which do not affect the content in a big way would be ignored. To avoid the existence of errors in the published paper, the corrected manuscript will be replaced with its PDF version as soon as the manuscript is corrected. This helps the readers /users to have the corrected manuscript at the earliest.
Though the corrections are made directly to the content by altering the existing version, the details of the correction will be available on the erratum page, towards maintaining the integrity of the published content .
“Errata” refers to corrections pertaining to major typographical errors or mistakes in figures and overlooked proof corrections or errors in details regarding the identity of the author.
“Corrigenda” refers to corrections of factual errors that may invalidate the main contents of the paper. Errors noticed by readers, can be represented through the “Letter to Editor” and after reviewing the nature and accuracy of the errors pointed out; the required changes will be published along with the comments of the reader given in the “Letter to the Editor”
“Addenda” refers to the addition of very important content which has been omitted by mistake during the editorial process. The content of the Addenda will also be peer-reviewed before publication and a request for Addenda is entertained only in cases of utmost importance.
(3) Article Retraction
The publisher can withdraw/retract the article due to reasons like plagiarism, duplicate or multiple publications, manipulation of data, conclusions arrived on a faulty or illogical rationale and any other such fraudulent acts. The publisher removes/retracts the article by leaving a note with the information regarding the retraction. This is done with the consent of the author and if in case of non-acceptance of retraction by an author, the decision of the editor is final. Full or Partial retraction of the article is done depending on individual cases.
(4) Article Removal
If a published article poses problems on legal grounds the publisher/editor will remove the article. Other cases that will warrant removal of an article after publication are a court order against the publication, a violation of copyrights or if the article infringes upon the legal rights of a third party or if the contents are defamatory or slanderous in nature.
(5) Article Replacement
Sometimes if the case demands only a replacement instead of total removal of content the Journal allows the replacement as per the directions of the Corrections and Retraction policy of the Journal.
On executing any of the above based on the author's request or of authors' carelessness or due to errors from the author’s side, an official expenses reimbursement may be claimed from the journal office to the author for updating/changing the official records and other processes.
Authors who submit the manuscript to IJISR should abide by the criteria given by the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) definition of authorship. They specifically should fit the following:
They should formulate the aim /objective, theory and concept of the study.
They should contribute to the experimental design /concept of the study.
They should have analysed or interpreted or compiled the data of the result.
They should have drafted the manuscript according to the journal style.
Those authors who have done the above contributions must be listed as authors and all authors should critically review and approve the manuscript for publication. Ghost authorship (individuals whose name is included in the author for the name's sake but not have done any of the above-said contributions), honorary/guest authorship are not allowed to be the authors of the manuscript.
A manuscript not approved by any one of the authors would be rejected at any stage if found. The corresponding author's responsibility is to get the concerns from all the authors for publication. The author who is a senior and more expert in the study should review the manuscript finally before submission to the journal. Authors are encouraged to state their contribution in the acknowledgement.
After Final acceptance/Publishing of the respective manuscript, authors can display the published version on the author's personal or university/institutional archive. Journal allows the author to post the published paper in their respective funding/research granting repository.