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ETHICS POLICY


 South American Journal of Herpetology Ethics Policy

September 12, 2012

The Brazilian Society of Herpetology is committed to maintaining the integrity of the published record. To that end, the following Ethics Policy shall govern all activities related to the South American Journal of Herpetology (SAJH).

Research Misconduct
Research misconduct includes the fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results (for further details see Office of Research Integrity). Should an allegation of research misconduct be raised concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, the Editorial Board will conduct a confidential investigation to determine the veracity of the allegation. Should the Editorial Board conclude that research misconduct occurred, it will take whatever steps it deems necessary, including, but not limited to, manuscript correction, rejection, publication of a corrigendum, article retraction, notification of funding agencies and employers, and imposition of a ban on the author(s) from publishing in SAJH, depending on the severity of the misconduct.

Editors
Conflicts of interest occur when an individual's interest in advancing science and interests of another nature, even legitimate ones, can be reasonably perceived as conflicting and prejudicial
to the objectivity and impartiality of scientific decisions, regardless of the person's intent (FAPESP Code of Good Scientific Practice). All such conflicts of interest must be declared at the
time of manuscript assignment, and if it is concluded that a conflict of interest might prevent an Editor from handling a submission in an unbiased manner, he or she must recuse him- or herself.

All manuscripts must be evaluated in a timely manner on the basis of their scientific importance without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality, political views, institutional affiliation, or seniority of the authors.

All manuscripts must be treated confidentially. Editors must not disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the publishing process, reviewer feedback, or final decision) or reviewer identity.

Although all manuscripts must undergo peer review prior to acceptance, Editors may reject manuscripts that are inappropriate for SAJH without review.

Authors
All conflicts of interest must be declared at the time of manuscript submission and the source(s) of funding for the research and/or the publication of the article must be clearly indicated in the
Acknowledgments.

All authors are jointly responsible for the integrity of the article. As such, authorship is limited
to individuals who made significant and substantial intellectual contributions to the study, including conception, design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and drafting and revising the manuscript. Individuals and agencies that assisted in other ways (e.g., by providing funding, permits, or access to workspace, equipment, specimens or tissues), should be listed in the Acknowledgments, together with a statement detailing their role or involvement. Articles must be submitted with the agreement of all authors.

By submitting a manuscript to SAJH, authors assert that they complied with all legal requirements to conduct the research and obtained all necessary permissions to use and publish data.

Plagiarism is defined as "the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source" (World Association of Medical Editors). By submitting an article to SAJH, authors assert that their work is entirely original and that others' ideas, work, and text have been appropriately cited or attributed.

Manuscripts submitted to SAJH must be original and must not be currently submitted to or previously published by any journal. Authors must disclose any previous publication of the same data or results. Although publication of review papers and studies previously summarized in meeting abstracts or presented in theses or dissertations may be permitted, it must be made clear to the Editor that this is the case at the time of submission. Both republication and submission of the same or substantially similar manuscripts for publication elsewhere while under consideration by SAJH constitute research misconduct and will be dealt with appropriately by the Editorial Board (see above).

To allow others to test and build upon the research published in SAJH, the empirical basis for all findings, including data matrices, original images, and DNA sequences and chromatograms, must be available for evaluation. Any restrictions on the availability of research materials or data must be disclosed at the time of submission. Should a request for access be received, authors are expected to take all reasonable measures to comply in a timely manner; failure to do so will be construed as evidence of research misconduct and will be dealt with accordingly (see above). All specimens, including vouchers for DNA sequences, must be deposited in recognized collections and available for examination; special cases in which specimens were not collected must be clarified by the authors and will be considered on a case by cases basis by the handling Editor.

Reviewers
All conflicts of interest must be declared at the time of manuscript assignment.

All manuscripts must be evaluated in a timely manner on the basis of their scientific importance without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality, political views, institutional affiliation, or seniority of the authors.

Reviewers are expected to bring any concerns about research misconduct to the attention of the handling Editor.

All manuscripts must be treated confidentially. Reviewers must not disclose information about manuscripts, including their receipt, authorship, and content. Sharing manuscript information with students, post-doctoral researchers, or other colleagues for reviewing purposes is not permitted. Reviewers should notify the handling Editor if they consider that the manuscript would benefit from evaluation by an additional reviewer.

Reviewer anonymity will be upheld unless explicitly waived by the reviewer at the time of review submission.

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