Journal of Plant Development (JPD)
is a double blind peer review international academic journal and
stands for meeting the highest standards of publication ethics.
It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior
for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author/s,
the journal editor/s, the reviewer/s and the publisher.
By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author explicitly
confirms that the manuscript meets the highest ethical standards
for authors and coauthors. Our ethic and malpractice statements
concerning the duties of parties involved in the act of publishing
of the Journal of Plant Development are based on COPE
(Committee on Publication Ethics), Best Practice Guidelines
for Journal Editors:
The editor of the journal is responsible for
deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should
be published. The editor should be guided by the policies of the
journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements
as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement
and plagiarism. The editor may confer with the members of the
editorial board or reviewers in making this decision.
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for
their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual
orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or
political philosophy of the authors.
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Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted
manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research
without the express written consent of the author.
After acceptance, a proof is sent to the corresponding
author, who circulates it to all coauthors and deals with the
journal on their behalf. The Journal of Plant Development may
not correct errors after publication if they result from errors
that were present on a proof that was not shown to co-authors
before publication. The corresponding author is a person responsible
for the accuracy of all content in the proof, in particular that
names of co-authors are present and correctly spelled, and that
addresses and affiliations are up to date.
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Reviewer assists the editor in making editorial
decisions and through the editorial communications with the author
may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected reviewer who has been invited to
review the manuscript but feels unqualified to review or to do
so in reasonable time limit, should immediately notify the editor
so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated
as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed
with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews of manuscripts submitted to Journal of
Plant Development should be conducted objectively according to
scientific standards. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable.
Reviewers should express their views clearly with appropriate
supporting arguments. Reviewers should report their comments,
suggestions, as well as weak points clearly in a special letter
to the Editor.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published
work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that
an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported
should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should
also call to the editor’s attention 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 connected to the papers.
Authors of reports of original research 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.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written
entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work
and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts
describing essentially the same research in more than one journal
or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more
than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing
behavior and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must
always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been
influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
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. Where
there are others who have participated in certain substantive
aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or
listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure
that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors
are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and
approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its
submission for publication in Journal of Plant Development.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript
any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might
be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their
manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should
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 cooperate with the editor
to retract or correct the paper.
Corresponding Author´s role in
The corresponding author is obliged to check that all authors have
significantly contributed to the research reported in a manuscript
submitted to Journal of Plant Development.
Corresponding Author´s role in
peer review process
The corresponding author is obliged to participate
in the peer review process and apply the requirements made by
the reviewers in order to have their article published in Journal
of Plant Development.
Corresponding Author´s communication
All communication between corresponding author
and Editor is confidential. Authors must also treat communication
with the journal as confidential. The author´s correspondence
with the journal, reviewers' reports and other confidential material
must not be posted on any website or otherwise publicly announced
without prior permission from the editors. Authors of published
material have a responsibility to inform the Journal of Plant
Development Editorial Board promptly if they become aware of any
part that requires correcting. Any published correction requires
the consent of all coauthors, so time is saved if requests for
corrections are accompanied by signed agreement by all authors.