- Editorial Policies
- Appeals and Complaints
- Authorship Principles
- Biosafety and Biosecurity
- Competing Interests
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine Standards for Research
- Corrections and Retractions
- Data Availability Statement
- Ethical responsibilities of authors
- Informed Consent
- List of Recommended Repositories
- Portable Peer Review
- Predatory Journals and References
- Preprint Sharing
- Policy, Process and Guidance for Peer Reviewers
- Research involving animals, and their data or biological material
- Research Involving Human Participants, their Data or Biological Material
- Research Involving Human Embryos
- Sex and Gender in Research (SAGER Guidelines)
- Utilization of plants, algae, fungi
Corrections and Retractions
If there is suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud, the journals and/or Publisher will carry out an investigation following COPE guidelines. If, after an investigation, there are valid concerns, the authors concerned will be contacted under their given email address and given an opportunity to address the issue. Depending on the situation, this may result in the journal and/or Publisher’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
- If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
- If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction:
- an erratum/correction may be placed with the article.
- an editor’s note or editorial expression of concern may be placed with the article.
- or, in severe cases, retraction of the article may occur.
The reason will be given in the published erratum/correction, editor’s note, editorial expression of concern, or retraction notice. Please note that retraction means that the article is maintained on the platform watermarked “retracted” and the explanation is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article.
- The author’s institution may be informed.
- A notice of suspected transgression of ethical standards in the peer review system may be included as part of the author’s and article’s bibliographic record.