EDITORIAL POLICY -
African Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy
Submission of a manuscript implies that it is unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. All files, including figures, must be original. The submission process must be carried out by the author. The author ticks the relevant boxes when submitting online on behalf of all authors to indicate that they fully agree with the content of the manuscript and are prepared to abide by the general policies as listed below. If the author is not the lead author, the full contact details of the lead author must be included in the submission. In some circumstances, the journal may need to contact the lead author of the manuscript. The email addresses of all co-authors must also be provided.
At the time of submission, authors are invited to upload a cover and conflict of interest letter containing additional information that will facilitate the processing of the manuscript. This letter should include details of any previous submission of work, partial or complete, that has been rejected, regardless of any change of author. The manuscript number of the previous submission should be provided, together with a file containing responses to any editorial or referee reports and an abstract of changes made, including changes in authorship. The cover letter should also contain details of any data obtained from other groups that is cited in the manuscript as personal communication(s). The corresponding author should confirm that permission has been obtained for each inclusion.
Read the full guidelines for authorship.
The journal supports the definitions of authorship of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/authors/ethics#Authorship). Authorship must be based on:
- (i) substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or to the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work;
- (ii) writing the work or critically reviewing the intellectual content;
- (iii) final approval of the version to be published; and
- (iv) agreeing to be head of all aspects of the work, ensuring that issues relating to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately considered and resolved.
The persons designated as authors must meet all four of these authorship criteria. The order of authorship must be a joint decision of the co-authors and must be agreed before submission to the journal.
The journal allows but does not require the inclusion of a statement detailing the contribution of each author. If included, it should be in a separate section, preceding the acknowledgements, entitled "Author Contributions".
All authors must belong to a recognised institution. Personal postal addresses are not accepted.
Errors in authors' names cannot be corrected after publication and will affect the author's record in indexing services, including PubMed.
Contributors who do not meet the authorship criteria should be acknowledged. Since acknowledgement may imply approval of the study, the corresponding author should obtain permission from all those acknowledged and be prepared to provide it to the journal upon request.
4-/ Equal contribution
It is sometimes necessary to indicate that two or more authors have contributed equally to the manuscript. Co-authors should be identified by the dagger symbol and a footnote containing the statement "† These authors contributed equally to this work" should be added.
Contributions relating to ALL authors may appear in the Acknowledgements section if necessary.
5-/ Conflicts of interest
The journal's policy requires that each author disclose any direct or indirect financial interests or relationships, or any other situation that might raise the question of bias in the reported work or in the conclusions, implications or opinions stated - including commercial or other relevant sources of funding for the individual author(s) or associated department(s) or organisation(s), personal relationships or direct academic competition.
When considering whether to declare a conflicting interest or relationship, please consider this test: Is there an arrangement that would compromise the perception of your or your co-authors' impartiality if it were to appear after publication and you had not declared it?
If there is no conflict of interest, please indicate in this section "no conflict of interest".
Read more about conflicts of interest, including how to make a declaration. If you have any doubts about what constitutes a conflict, please contact the editorial staff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6-/ Ethical conduct
Authors must adhere to high standards of publication ethics. Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's work without proper citation, and misappropriation of work are all unacceptable. Any case of ethical misconduct will be treated seriously.
The journal reserves the right to reject submissions suspected of plagiarism at any time. In addition, the journal reserves the right to report suspected plagiarism to the institution of the principal author. Authors are encouraged to run their manuscript through plagiarism detection software such as ""(https://libguides.wits.ac.za/plagiarism_citation_and_referencing/Plagiarism_Detection)"" before submission: http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/ (this is free of charge) https://academicplagiarism.com/ (possibility of journal publishing support).
In addition to appropriate ethical conduct regarding writing practices, the journal also requires that all research, particularly that which uses animal or human experiments, adheres to research ethics guidelines.
7-/ Reviewers' choice
- The recommended referees should be scientists working independently in fields similar to yours and with relevant expertise, such as those listed in your reference list.
- The joint expertise of the recommended referees should be broad enough to cover all aspects of your manuscript.
- Recommended referees should preferably be from different geographical locations.
- Try to provide a balanced list of experts in the field and young researchers.
You should not recommend reviewers who have a conflict of interest with :
- scientists from one of the co-authors' institutions.
- reviewers with whom you or your co-authors have collaborated or co-authored a paper in the last three years.
- reviewers who may have a direct interest in the acceptance of the manuscript.
At the time of submission, you will be asked to briefly explain the reasons for the selection or exclusion of a referee, but you may provide additional information in your confidential cover letter to the editor if necessary.
Please note that the journal is not obliged to invite any of the recommended reviewers and reserves the right to invite excluded reviewers.
If you have any questions, please contact the editorial office (email@example.com).
8-/ Copyright licence
Please note that by submitting an article for publication, you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that the journal may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to inform the journal immediately if your contact details change. If your article is accepted for publication, the journal will contact you using the email address you used when you registered. Please note that the journal does not keep copies of rejected articles.
The journal will investigate all cases, regardless of the date of publication of an article, where the integrity of the scientific record appears to be affected by the accuracy of the information published. Depending on the seriousness of the case, the journal will consider publishing a correction, an expression of concern or a retraction notice. If possible, a new version of the article concerned will be published at the same time as the correction. Errors in authors' names, affiliations, funding, acknowledgements or any other information that does not materially affect the data or conclusions of an article will not be considered for integration.
Corresponding authors who wish to publish a correction to their published article should contact the editor first.
Sample submission letter and conflict of interest
Please find enclosed the manuscript entitled "............................", by ................................
We sincerely hope that the manuscript will be considered for publication in the African Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy (AJPB).
All authors agree with the submission.
There is no conflict of interest.
This work has not been published elsewhere and has not been submitted to any other journal.
Thank you for considering this manuscript,
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