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MSP Ethics Policy
it's necessary for the authors to accept and perform following Editorial requirements before submission to any MSP Journal:


Authorship confers credit and has important academic, social, and financial implications. Authorship also implies responsibility and accountability for published work. The following recommendations are intended to ensure that contributors who have made substantive intellectual contributions to a paper are given credit as authors, but also that contributors credited as authors understand their role in taking responsibility and being accountable for what is published.

The MSP recommends that authorship be based on the following criteria:
  • Scholarship: Contribute significantly to the conception, design, execution, and/or analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Authorship: Participate in drafting, reviewing, and/or revising the manuscript for intellectual content.
  • Approval: Approve the manuscript to be published.

An administrative relationship, acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of a research group alone does not constitute authorship.

Corresponding Author

The corresponding author is the one individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements.

It's the responsibility of corresponding author, to ensure that papers submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by or any other publisher. Ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other co-authors and emanating from a particular institution with the approval of the necessary institution.

MSP journals does not require all the authors of a research paper have to sign the letter of submission. Any change to the authors list after submission, such as a change in the order of the authors or the deletion or addition of authors needs to be approved by a signed letter from every author.


Individuals who may have made some contribution to a publication, but who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as purely technical help, writing and editing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should be listed in an acknowledgement.

Duplicate Publication

  • Material submitted to MSP Journals must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors should not submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages, simultaneously to more than one journal.
  • Authors who attempt duplicate publication without such notification should expect at least prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. If the editor was not aware of the violations and the article has already been published, then the article might warrant retraction with or without the author’s explanation or approval.


Plagiarism, It literary means theft, taking material authored by others and presenting as someone else, 'wrongful appropriation' and 'stealing and publication' of another author's 'language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions' and the representation of them as one's own original work. breach.

According to “The Reality and Solution of College Plagiarism” created by the Health Informatics department of the University of Illinois at Chicago there are 10 main forms of plagiarism that students commit, Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in the Journals:
    1. Submitting someone’s work as their own.
    2. Taking passages from their own previous work without adding citations.
    3. Re-writing someone’s work without properly citing sources.
    4. Using quotations, but not citing the source.
    5. Interweaving various sources together in the work without citing.
    6. Citing some, but not all passages that should be cited.
    7. Melding together cited and uncited sections of the piece.
    8. Providing proper citations, but fails to change the structure and wording of the borrowed ideas enough.
    9. Inaccurately citing the source.
    10. Relying too heavily on other people’s work. Fails to bring original thought into the text.
Authors should perform following requirements before submission to any MSP Journals:
  • Get permission from previous publisher or copyright holder if an author is re-using any part of paper e.g., figure(s), published elsewhere, or that is copyrighted.
  • Author should explain in cover letter regarding the description of the parent study, current submission, relevant publications, and previous submissions as relevant. Editors should make an initial determination about whether the submission has the potential to make a new independent scientific contribution to research in pediatric psychology relative to what has already been published or submitted from the study
  • If a part of a contribution that an author wishes to submit to Journal has appeared or will appear elsewhere, the author must specify the details in the cover letter.
  • The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’ Oxford Dictionaries and Grammarly.


Self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references, and the same text appear in more than one of an author’s own publications. Opinions are divided as to how much text overlap with an author’s own previous publications is acceptable, and editors often find it hard to judge when action is required.

Republication of data for purposes as stated above must be clearly identified as such at the time of submission, and must be accompanied by a detailed scientific justification in the manuscript as well as in the cover letter to the editor. The editor will make the final decision as to whether the reuse of data is scientifically appropriate.

Penalties for Plagiarism

  • Upon receipt of an allegation of plagiarism, The Editor will then coordinate the investigation. Once the investigation has been completed, Results of an investigation would be forward to author's institute and funding agencies.
  • The authors will be asked to write a formal letter of apology to the authors of the plagiarized paper, including an admission of the plagiarism.
  • A determination of misconduct will lead the Journal to run a statement, bidirectionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and to provide a reference to the plagiarized material.
  • The paper containing the plagiarism will also be obviously marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.

Prior Publication

Material published by the author before submission in the following categories is considered prior publication: 1) articles published in any publication, even online-only, non-peer-reviewed publications, such as Nature Precedings or the physics arXiv (see exception below for the Journal of Neurophysiology); 2) articles, book chapters, and long abstracts containing original data in figures and tables, especially in proceedings publications as well as posters containing original data disseminated beyond meeting attendees, e.g., displayed in websites such as that maintained by F1000; 3) widely circulated, copyrighted, or archival reports, such as the technical reports of IBM, the preliminary reports of MIT, the institute reports of the US Army, or the internal reports of NASA.

Doctoral dissertations that are made available by UMI/Proquest or institutional repositories are not considered prior publication. Data portions of submitted papers that have appeared on a website will be permitted, with the proviso that the author inform the Editor at the time of the submission that such material exists so that the Editor can determine the suitability of such material for publication. Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection of the manuscript. Examples of such work include, but are not limited to, immunofluorescence micrographs and/or animated gif/video files posted on a website, or NIH-mandated posting of DNA microarray data. After the article is published in an MSP journal, the data should be removed from the author’s website.

Authors with concerns about possible prior publication that does not fall clearly into one of these categories should contact the Director of Publications and forward the material for examination.

Ethics Complaint Procedure

Maxwell Scientific Publication Corp. reviewers have a responsibility to report suspected duplicate publication, fraud, plagiarism, or concerns about animal or human experimentation to the Editor. A reviewer may recognize and report that he/she is refereeing, or has recently refereed, a similar or identical paper for another journal by the same author(s). Readers may report that they have seen the same article elsewhere, or authors may see their own published work being plagiarized.

Where a prima facie case has been made, the Publication Committee will review and tender a recommendation to the Editor. Respondents to complaints are entitled to timely notification of complaints. It is the intent of the Publication Committee to notify the respondent within thirty days from receipt of the complaint. The respondent is entitled to see all complaints, evidence, and other documents. The respondent will have thirty days from accepting and acknowledging delivery to submit information in defense, explanation, rebuttal, extenuation, or mitigation. As with the complaint, in order to be considered this information must be in written form. As in the law, silence implies consent. That is, to the extent that the respondent is silent, the committee may assume that he does not dispute the allegations. The Editor may grant necessary extensions of time to the respondent upon request.

If the author’s explanation is unacceptable and it seems that serious unethical conduct has taken place, the matter is referred to the Publication Committee via Editorial Office. After deliberation, the Committee will decide whether the case is sufficiently serious to warrant a ban on future submissions to, and serving as a reviewer for, MSP Journals; and/or whether the offending author’s institution should be informed. The decision has to be approved by the Executive Cabinet of the Maxwell Scientific Publication Corp..

If the infraction is less severe, the Editor, upon the advice of the Publication Committee, will send the author a letter of reprimand and remind the author of MSP policies; if the manuscript has been published, the Editor may require the author to publish an apology in the journal to correct the record. If, through the author’s actions, MSP has violated the copyright of another journal, the Publication Committee writes a letter of apology to the other journal.

In serious cases of fraud that result in retraction of the article, a retraction notice will be published in the journal and will be linked to the article in the online version. The online version will also be marked “retracted” with the retraction date.


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