The following policies are applied by AKNUBP for book publications.
1. Peer Review Process
1.1. For Academic Books
AKNUBP follows double blind peer review process for all submitted manuscripts by consultation with the two independent reviewers who are experts in that specific area. Based on the comments received from the peer reviewers, Editor-In-Chief will take a necessary decision on manuscript(s) and same will be communicated to the author(s).
Any submissions from the editorial board members (or) Editor-In-Chief will undergo independent peer review by subjecting to the other editor(s) and acceptance will depend on the reviewers’ comments followed by decision of Editor(s).
We know that the peer review process is time consuming process and it’s our prime objective to give a decision on submitted manuscripts at the earliest i.e. within 3 weeks of submission (expected review time).
1.2. For Non-Academic Books
Acceptance is depending on the significance of the content and how language used throughout the book. Book content shouldn’t be reproduced from the existing books and we also check the originality of the book content by using the plagiarism check tools, if applicable.
2. Proof Read Of Manuscript (or) Book Proposal
AKNUBP is an international publisher and you can write a manuscript in any language (accepted languages specified under the author guidelines) and it is the responsibility of author(s) to maintain the language of manuscript in clear, concise and easily understandable to the greater audience. If you have a problem with the language usage/any, then it is advisable to go for proof read services. However, some corrections will be done in final accepted manuscript(s) by the publisher, if any.
3. Lodging Of Complaints (or) Appeals
If author(s) (or) external funding bodies (or) any other have any conflicts with the accepted and/or published work(s), especially we can expect for edited books, they can lodge a complaint to the publisher via email at [email protected]
4. Manuscript (or) Book Proposal Submission Policies
Before submitting a manuscript, authors must accept the following compliance(s),
4.1. Manuscript (or) book proposal is submitting solely to the AKNUBP.
4.2. Manuscript (or) book proposal has not been published at anywhere and also it is not under the consideration of any other book publisher simultaneously.
4.3. If any table(s)/figure(s)/image(s) copied from the published work(s), author(s) is/are responsible to get the written permission from the copyright holder.
4.4. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to check the quality and originality of the work(s).
4.5. Any part of the data (or) images has not been manipulated to make the results suitable for conclusions.
4.6. Author(s) is/are responsible for the content of the manuscript(s) (or) book chapters (or) book proposal(s) submitted to the AKNUBP.
4.7. Publisher has reserved rights to advertise in accepted manuscripts.
Hereby, it is informing to all of our authors, submission of manuscript/book chapters/book proposals to the AKNUBP indicates that the author(s) is/are agreeing and following the above compliance(s). Any one of the authors of the manuscript should submit the manuscript to the AKNUBP and it is not permissible to submit the manuscript/book chapter/book proposals by agents (or) any other etc. All the proofs/future correspondences will be forwarded to the corresponding author(s) of the work(s)/manuscript(s)/book proposal(s) specified during the submission.
5. Conflicts Of Interests
If any conflicts of interests exist, then that should be specified in the manuscript (or) book proposal and it is the responsibility of author(s) to acknowledge the funding source(s) and/or contributor(s) (or) any other(s) in manuscript (or) book proposal. During the review process, we also ask our Editor(s) and Reviewer(s) to declare the conflict of interest regarding the submitted manuscript and if they expressed “YES” then immediately that manuscript will be rejected. In any case, if author(s) failed to declare the conflicts of interests, manuscript (or) book proposal will be rejected immediately. If it’s found after publishing of book (or) book chapter, AKNUBP will take necessary action according to the AKNUBP's Book Retraction Policy.
6. Plagiarism Check And Its Limit
6.1. Academic Books
Our prime objective is quality, uniqueness and scientific significance of work(s), therefore, we follow the double blind peer review of manuscripts (or) book proposals submitted to the AKNUBP. Therefore, it contributes to the success of scientific publishing. Submitted manuscript(s)/book proposal(s) is/are also evaluated for plagiarized material by high quality plagiarism software and if, the manuscript contains plagiarized material more than the acceptance limit (20%), then the same will be communicated to the author(s) for revision (or) paraphrasing of manuscript(s)/book proposal(s). In order to avoid delay in publishing, this is the responsibility of authors to submit the revised version of manuscript(s)/book proposal(s) within the stipulated time.
6.2. Non-Academic Books
We will concentrate on the significance of the book proposal/book content and how the language is used throughout the book. Book content shouldn’t be reproduced from the existing books and we also check the originality of book content by plagiarism check tools, if applicable.
7. Plant Source Authentication, Ethical And Informed Consent
In case of thesis (or) dissertations, Plant source used for the study must be authenticated by the expert(s) (or) recognized personnel, if applicable and write the specimen voucher number(s) in manuscript(s)/book proposal(s) and author(s) must submit the document of specimen voucher number(s) to the AKNUBP, whenever AKNUBP requested.
If investigation(s) related to the human (or) animal experimentation(s), it is the prerequisite to get the approval from the Institutional Ethical Committee and same should be stated in the paper. In case of the investigations on human beings, it must be stated in the manuscript that the manner of consent was taken from the patients (or) participants such as oral form (or) written form. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to discuss with the participant(s) about the possible risks, benefits and publication(s) to take consent from the participant(s). It is in case of minors, author(s) should get the consent from the parent(s) (or) guardian(s).
Author(s) should follow the Helsinki principles for clinical investigations and should comply with the guidelines specified by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in connection with the patient’s consent for participation and/or research in clinical studies. It is not required to write the patient’s name, initials, hospital numbers and any other details of patients in the manuscript and if Editor-In-Chief/Editor/Reviewer requested, then the author(s) must provide the review report and recommendation from the respective Institutional Ethical Committee board.
8. Publication And Research Misconduct
It is a serious consideration during the publishing process and books/book chapters published by AKNUBP will follow the Committee On Publication Ethics guidelines in case of suspected misconduct exist.
9. Book Retraction Policy
Retraction of published book(s) will be done in following cases such as multiple submissions, malpractice, infringements and unethical usage of data, manipulation of data to support the conclusion(s) and sometimes due to conflicts of interests. In such cases publication fee will not be refunded to the author(s) and also author(s) will be charged for costs of legal action(s) taken for the retraction of book(s). Occasionally (or) exceptional cases, it will be allowed the author(s) to correct the errors in book(s).
10. Publishing Ethics
AKNUBP strictly follows and supports the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines. AKNUBP will cooperate with the editorial team and author(s) for smooth publication of the scientifically sound researches.
10.1. Responsibilities Of Editors/Editor-In-Chief From The Publisher End
10.1.1. Editors have to play a vital role in peer review process of the manuscript(s).
10.1.2. Editor(s)/Editor-In-Chief must take a decision on the acceptance/rejection of a book proposal/book chapter/book manuscript.
10.1.3. AKNUBP follows double blind peer review process, hence it is the responsibility of Editor/Editor-In-Chief/Reviewers to maintain the confidentiality of the work before publishing.
10.1.4. Decisions related to the misconduct, malpractice (or) any other complaints, Editor-In-Chief should take a decision according to the editorial policies of AKNUBP by consultation with the AKNUBP.
10.2. Responsibilities Of Reviewers
Reviewer(s) must consider the following characteristics for review of manuscript(s) and suggest the author(s) to enhance the accuracy and the quality of book content to attract the greater audience.
10.2.1. Scientific quality of the work(s)/study(s) in case of academic books.
10.2.2. Advancement of the research when compared to the existing research, in case of thesis / dissertations.
10.2.3. Whether they followed the international standards (or) policies, if exists.
10.2.4. Must specify the comments along with the reason.
10.2.5. Balance of English language throughout the manuscript.
10.2.6. Mention strengths and weakness of work/study.
10.2.7. Mention the possible suggestions to make the manuscript/book content scientifically sound.
10.2.8. Quality of figures (or) images.
10.2.9. Check whether the format of equations and/or formulas suitable for the final production of galley proof. If not suitable, then suggest the possible software for better final production/output of a book.
10.2.10. Suggest statistical methods, wherever applicable.
10.2.11. Check the literature review of the work and compare the references with literature review for suitability, if applicable.
10.2.12. Check the title whether it is suitable (or) not to the objectives of the book content.
10.2.13. Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality and shouldn’t discuss with the others except editorial team.
10.2.14. Reviewers try to identify the possible plagiarism in received manuscript(s)/book proposals for review.
10.2.15. Identify the published work(s) related to the submitted work(s) which has not/have not been cited by the author(s), if applicable.
10.2.16. Reviewers must be neutral and shouldn’t have criticism on the author(s).
10.2.17. Reviewers must specify whether they have any conflicts of interest and if they have conflicts of interest, then they shouldn’t consider the manuscript for review and same must be communicated to the Editor-In-Chief.
Finally, report whether the book suitable for publication and attracts the greater audience (or) not.
10.3. Responsibilities Of Author(s)
10.3.1. Author(s) must confirm that the submitted work is original and free of plagiarism (within the limits).
10.3.2. Clearly acknowledge the conflicts of interests, if exists.
10.3.3. Confirm the work(s) solely submitted to the AKNUBP and not submitted elsewhere for simultaneous consideration.
10.3.4. Confirm the submitted work is not published elsewhere except like poster presentation (or) presentations at conferences (or) seminars (or) workshops.
10.3.5. Who has majorly contributed to the work must be stated as “Author” and remaining as “Co-author(s)”.
10.3.6. Specify the funding sources in manuscript/book proposal, if exist.
10.3.7. Specify the conflicts of interests in the manuscript/book proposal, if exist
10.4. AKNUBP’s Responsibilities
AKNUBP will check the following information
10.4.2. Funding sources of the work.
10.4.3. Conflicts of interests.
10.4.4. Confidentiality of the work.
10.4.5. Publication ethics.
10.4.6. Modifications in manuscript/book content, if needs.
10.4.7. Timely publication of the accepted work(s).
10.4.8. Checks whether they followed the standards, if exists.