The publication ethical standards exist for MEAS to ensure excellent quality scientific findings, publications and public trust to contribute in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge.
A policy on publishing integrity which is in line with the COPE and PERK philosophy is developed and adopted to safeguard the quality of MEAS open access publications.
Original materials that has neither been published, nor under review elsewhere are published by MEAS. An integration of the plagiarism detection software CrossCheck is established to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.
Authors are required to cite any previous work published or currently under review in close correlation with the submitted work to MEAS and clearly indicate how the current submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previously published or submitted work to avoid duplicate submission.
Authors should avoid those citations in their submitted manuscript whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author's work, or to articles published in a particular journals.
Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or contains falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions. All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript.
In the event that there are documented violations of any of the above mentioned policies in any journal published by MEAS, the following sanctions will be applied:
- Immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript.
- Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to other journals of MEAS.
- Prevention of the authors for any new submissions to any journal published by MEAS as first author or co-author.
- In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly egregious, the publisher reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.