Guide for Authors

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Contents
Article Types
Article Structure
Figures and Tables
References
Open Access Policy
The publication fees
Publication Policies
Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
Editorial Workflow
Peer review
Author contributions
Conflict of Interest
Article Withdrawal
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Further considerations

Article Types

1. Research Articles: An Article is a research novel study in various fields of scientific interest to the readership of the journal.

2. Review Subject: Comprehensive analyses of recent developments, improvements, discoveries, and ideas in various fields of fundamental and applied science.

3. Letters to the Editor: These include opinions, comments relating to the publishing policy of the journal, news, and suggestions. Letters are not to exceed a single page.

4. BriefCommunication: Type of studies that falls short of the criteria for a full research article.

The editor reserves the right to decide that an article may be treated as a research note.

Article Structure

The authors are invited to submit papers in MS-word style and pdf format through the journal online submission with a cover letter. For more details about the submission process, kindly visit  ‘Submit a Manuscript”.

For manuscripts that may be prepared with other software, the author should provide the full document data includes (figures, schemes, and tables ). Times or Times New Roman font is required. In general, all papers should have the following main sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgment (if available), and References.

Ensure that the following item is present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

Figures and Tables

The term figure includes all types of illustrations such as graphs, diagrams, photographs, and flow charts. All figures and Tables should be placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript file. A reasonable number of figures will be reproduced without charge. Figures and Tables should be cited consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. For figures, always use a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Ensure that each figure has a caption (not embedded in the figure itself)، the caption should comprise a brief title. Keep text in the figure itself to a minimum but define all symbols and abbreviations used.
Please add tables as editable text and not as images. Ensure that the data presented in the Tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the manuscript

References

The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the information given in the text is exactly the same as that given in the reference list. References to the literature should be made according to the numerical system totally described in the template.

Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those adopted by the Chemical Abstract Service (Bibliographic Guide for Editors and Authors, The American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1974). If the correct abbreviation is not known, the title should be given in full.

A full template file can download from here (doc file).

All submissions will be checked by the editor within a week of the submission date.  Authors have to suggest at least 3 independent referees (preferable non-native) with appropriate scientific backgrounds. E-mail address should be provided for the corresponding author.

We shall try our best to complete the review process within 30 days from the date of submission. The Editorial Board needs to set some rules from time to time.

Open Access Policy

Open access is a continuous publication practice that breaks from conventional ways of submitting, reviewing, authenticating, and then publishing articles to the general public. The Open Access publishing model does not charge subscribers or their institutions for access to papers or other services. Users do not need to subscribe to the journal in which these papers are written to read, view, copy, share, print, browse, or link to the full texts of these articles.

The publication fees :

50,000 IQD

Publication Policies

Peer-Review

Peer review is a process of evaluation involving qualified individuals within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility. In academia peer review is used to determine an academic paper’s suitability for publication.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. All submitted manuscripts will be checked by the editor for suitability, Originality, Presentation, and Contribution to new Knowledge. Articles considered suitable are then sent to at least two independent reviewers to review the scientific quality of the paper.

Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.

Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of sources

Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers will notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Visit www.publicationethics.org to learn more about COPE, including ethical guidelines, flowcharts, and case studies.

Editorial Workflow

The peer review process is an essential element of the publication cycle. The entire editorial workflow is performed using the online Manuscript Tracking System. All manuscripts submitted to Muthanna Journal of Pure Science will undergo extensive peer review by our Editorial Board Members and blind reviews by two reviewers. Following is the editorial workflow that all submitted manuscripts undergo. The editorial process can be summarized as follow:

  • After author submits a manuscript, it receives a tracking number.
  • The editorial office performs an initial quality check on the manuscript to ensure that the paper is correctly formatted.
  • An Editor in Chief is assigned to the manuscript and decides whether to send the manuscript to a Senior Editor for assessment. If the decision is not to send the manuscript for assessment, the Editor in Chief contacts the author with the decision.
  • If the Editor in Chief decides the paper is within the Journal’s scope and may be suitable for review, the Editor in Chief will assign the paper to a Senior Editor.
  • The Senior Editor then assesses the manuscript for its quality and perceived level of advance and then either recommend a rejection decision or assigns peer reviewers. This can take some time depending on the responsiveness and availability of reviewers selected.
  • Reviewers are given a few days from acceptance to submit their reports. Once the required reports are submitted the Senior Editor will make a decision recommendation to the Editor in Chief based on the rankings and comments received.
  • The Editor in Chief makes the final decision.

Peer review

To make a sufficient review process, only manuscripts that may be to meet high reviewer recommendations for publication priority, level of advance, and scientific quality are sent for external peer review. Manuscripts rated by the editors to be of insufficient general interest are rejected promptly without external review. The editor will send the manuscript to a minimum of 2 reviewers for peer review. Reviewers submit the evaluation results along with their recommendations as one of the following actions:

  • Provisional Acceptance
  • Minor Revision
  • Major Revision
  • Reject with the option to resubmit
  • Reject

MJPS has a double-blinded peer-review process in which the reviewers don’t know who the authors of the manuscript are, and the authors do not have access to the information of who the peer reviewers are.

Final Decision

In order for the senior editor to provide a manuscript recommendation, at least two completed reviews are required. Once the reviewers have submitted their comments, the senior editor will be notified. The senior editor will then send their recommendations to the Regional Editor-in-Chief. The Regional Editor-in-Chief delivers and informs the author of the final decision.

If the manuscript is provisionally accepted, authors must submit a revised version of their paper for additional review after making the necessary edits in accordance with the Editor’s suggestions.

Author contributions
Authorship

All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.

Change to Authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in the author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Conflict of Interest

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) has a transparent publications policy and adheres in principle to the Conflict of Interest policy recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). MJPS does not discriminate on the basis of the source of material submitted, provided full disclosure is provided and appropriate declaration of interest statements and acknowledgments are included in published manuscripts. Thus, we require that authors/submitters include comprehensive ‘Declaration of Interest’ and ‘Acknowledgements’ sections in submitted articles. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. It is the sole responsibility of authors to disclose any affiliation with any organization with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript (such as consultancies, employment, paid expert testimony, honoraria, speakers bureaus, retainers, stock options or ownership, patents or patent applications or travel grants) that may affect the conduct or reporting of the work submitted. All sources of funding for research are to be explicitly stated. If uncertain as to what might be considered a potential conflict of interest, authors should err on the side of full disclosure.

More specifically, we request the following: 

  • All relevant potential conflicts of interest for each named author and/or a statement of no- conflicts if there are none relevant to the contents of the article for any author(s). 
  • Disclosure of how the article is (partial or total) funded.  
  • A comprehensive explanation of the role of the sponsors in article preparation (if the article is sponsored in part or whole).

MJPS also strictly requires that all individuals who meet authorship criteria as per ICMJE requirements are included as authors on an article.

Contributions from individuals who do not qualify for authorship should be acknowledged in the ‘Acknowledgments section. This should include details (with professional affiliations) of any other contributor ship, such as data analysis, statistics, data collection, technical assistance, special thanks, personal assistance, and dedications. 

The ‘Declaration of Interest’ and ‘Acknowledgements’ sections will be made available to reviewers and will appear in the published article. Please note that the Editor(s) or Publisher can make or suggest changes to these statements where necessary. If any potential conflicts of interest are found to have been withheld following publication, the journal will proceed according to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidance.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent authors with any particular relationship or interest from publishing their work, but rather to adopt transparency such that reviewers, editors, the publisher, and most importantly, readers can make objective judgments concerning the work product.

Article Withdrawal

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) expects our authors to comply with best practices in publication ethics as well as in the quality of their articles. We are committed to publishing high-quality articles while adhering to publication ethics. MJPS follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows the COPE Flowcharts for Resolving Cases of Suspected Misconduct.

We want to avoid the unwarranted withdrawal of manuscripts. In such scenarios, MJPS defines a refund policy keeping in mind the cause of the time wasted by the editors, reviewers, and editorial staff.

  • Authors should follow the publication ethics.
  • It is unacceptable to withdraw a manuscript from a journal because it is being accepted by another journal.
  • Before submitting the manuscript, authors should carefully check that the facts and data presented in the manuscript are accurate and error-free.

All authors, including corresponding and co-authors, should confirm the number of authors, authorship, approval, and integrity of the manuscript before submission.

This is only used for “Article in Press”, which represents the early versions of the accepted articles. If any article at the stage of “Article in Press”, by any means, represents infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, or similar incidences, the article may be withdrawn depending on the editor’s discretion. In this regard, the editor’s decision must be considered final following a deep assessment and analysis of the situations on a case-by-case basis.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal Ethics

We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc.,

A short guide to ethical editing for new editors

Editors’ responsibilities

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal’s scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered. Confidentiality The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.

Author’s duties

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality and acknowledgment of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Plagiarism

Muthanna Journal of Pure Science (MJPS) have a policy of screening for plagiarism and committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.

Data Fabrication and Falsification

Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. If double submission was found or noticed from other sources, the editorial board should check the status. If the double submission was confirmed as intentional thing, then the following actions must be imposed: Review process will be terminated; The reason should be sent to reviewers, editorial board and authors; All authors’ names will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot submit any article to all BM-Publisher journals for 3 years. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Citation Manipulation

Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.

Improper Author Contribution or Attribution

All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.

Duplicate Submission

Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

Plagiarism:

The official plagiarism detection tool used by MJPS is Turnitin.
the peer-review process is at the heart of scientific publishing. As part of MJPS’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the scholarly record, MJPS feels a strong obligation to support the scientific community in all aspects of research and publishing ethics.

Studies in humans and animals

If human or animal subjects were used in the work, the author should provide a statement in the experimental part of the manuscript to indicate that all the followed procedures were approved by an institutional human and/or animal research ethics committee(s), provide the name of the committee (s).

Informed Consent

All authors are required to follow the ICMJE requirements on privacy and informed consent from patients and study participants. Authors should include a statement at the end of the manuscript to confirm that any patient or participant (or that person’s parent or legal guardian) in any type of research, has given informed consent to participate in the research. For papers where patients or participants can be potentially identified (e.g. reporting detailed medical history, identifiable images or media content, etc), authors should include a statement to confirm that they have obtained written informed consent to publish the details from the affected individual (or their parents/guardians if the participant is not an adult or unable to give informed consent; or next of kin if the participant is deceased). Unless the author have obtained permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.

Further considerations:

• Manuscript had been ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar-checked’.
• References are in the correct format for this journal.
• all images and figures should be in high resolution (300 dpi) and preferred in color.
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet).