Editorial Policies

  1. home
  2. Editorial Policies

Peer Review Policy

Incessant Science Publishers (INS) adheres to the stringent guidelines of rules advised by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ICMJE. Each Manuscript submitted to the Hypertension Journal is sent to at least 2 reviewers for peer reviewing, once accepted.

With respect to maintaining the high quality standards of the publication, each manuscript strictly follows the ‘Double Blind Peer Review” process. This means that Authors and the Reviewers are not aware of each other’s identity. The manuscript goes through the process of review from a very well accredited expert followed by the national and international expert editorial board members.

Each Manuscript shall be evaluated on the following basis:
  • The originality of its contribution
  • The soundness of its theory and methodology
  • The coherence of its analysis
  • Its ability to communicate to readers (Grammar & style)

Manuscripts not submitted elsewhere for publication will be considered. Authors must provide an email address as all communication will be by email. Two files must be furnished: the covering letter and the manuscript in MS Word. The covering letter should be uploaded as a file not for review. All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS
All manuscripts if found suitable will be subjected to a double blinded peer review process which may span for a period of 4-6 weeks.

SUBMISSION OF REVISED MANUSCRIPTS
While submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include a point to point response to the reviewer's comments at the beginning of the revised manuscript text file itself. In addition, if any changes are made to the manuscript, please mark the changes as underlined or differently colored text in the article.

PAGE PROOFS
Page proofs of the manuscript, a form for marking corrections and instructions for filling the form will be sent to the corresponding author by email, before publication of the manuscript. Authors should type the proof corrections in the form and send it to the Editorial Office. While checking the proofs, take note that the text is complete and all figures and tables are included in the proofs.

Respond to all queries from the Editorial Office; check the proofs for changes like spellings, punctuation and setting of text, tables, figures and figure legends. Corrected proofs must be returned to the Editorial office within 72 hrs (3 days) of receipt. The page proofs can be sent to the Editorial Office by uploading through our website or as email attachments.

Handling submissions from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review.

INS journals follows a fair process to ensure review of submissions from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board.

On receiving such a manuscript the Editor-in-Chief directly steps in and ensures it is subjected to a double blind peer review process to reviewers unaware of who the authors are vice versa. On such occasions we seek to add new reviewers to the database or invite external reviewers for such special situations, this ensures ethical handling of manuscripts which may otherwise carry a bias.

INS JOURNALS MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING MODEL

Conflict of Interest Policy in Publishing

FOR AUTHORS:
Authors are required to disclose all sources of institutional, private, and corporate financial support for their study. Donors of materials (for free or at a discount from current rates) should be named in the source of funding and their location (town, state/county, country) included.
Other donors will be identified in the text. If no funding has been available other than that of the author's institution, this should be specified upon submission. Authors are also required to disclose any potential conflict of interest. These include financial interests (for example patent, ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee,) or provision of study materials by their manufacturer for free or at a discount from current rates.
Author's conflict of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflicts of interest) and the sources of funding for the research will be published under a separate heading entitled "Conflict of Interest and Sources of Funding Statement".

FOR EDITORS:
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.

FOR REVIEWERS:
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.

View the elaborate Conflict of Interest Policy by clicking here

Human Rights Policy and Patient Consent

INS journals encourage authors submitting manuscripts reporting from a clinical trial registered & bearing a clinical trial registration number and name of the trial.

Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki.
Available at http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/

Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT statement.

All randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trial flow chart (please go to http://www.consort-statement.org/ for more information). INS journals have adopted the ICMJE proposal that requires, as a condition of consideration for publication of clinical trials, registration in a public trial’s registry. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrolment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article.

For this purpose, a clinical trial is defined as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects of health outcomes. Health-related interventions include any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome (for example drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioural treatments, dietary interventions, and process-of-care changes). Health outcomes include any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patient’s participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events.

Purely observational studies (those in which the assignment of the medical intervention is not at the discretion of the investigator) will not require registration. Further information can be found at www.icmje.org

Moher D, Schulz KF, Altman DG: The CONSORT Statement: Revised Recommendations for Improving the Quality of Reports of Parallel-Group Randomized Trials. Ann Intern Med. 2001; 134:657-662 Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html

Consent for Identifying Information

All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent. Authors are required to fill the form on Informed Consent form for participation in Study (Click here to download the form)

Patient anonymity should be preserved. Photographs need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent human subjects being recognized or an eye bar should be used. Authors are required to fill the form on Informed Consent form for use of patient pictures (Click here to download the form)

Animal Rights Policy

Any experiments involving animals must be demonstrated to be ethically acceptable and where relevant conform to national guidelines for animal usage in research. The Journal retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of animal studies.

Studies covering the use of animal samples in research or animal experiments must be accompanied by a letter of approval from the appropriate Institutional Review Board or Animal Ethical Board committee.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. The ethical standards of experiments must be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CPCSEA http://cpcsea.nic.in/Auth/index.aspx

Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare http://www.veteditors.org/consensus-author-guidelines-on-animal-ethics-and-welfare-for-editors/

Manuscript Review System

FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC PEER REVIEW SYSTEM
  • Reproduces the functions of an editorial office on the web.
  • Individualized password-protected area for each authority (Author, Reviewer, Editor and Staff).
  • Automated email notifications and reminders.
  • Double-blind peer review.
  • Handles manuscripts up to the stage of proofs and web-publishing.
  • Platform independence requires web-browser and internet connection only, no need of any special software or computer resources.

ADVANTAGES OF WEB-BASED MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING
  • Accessibility from any PC.
  • No "normal business hours": Articles can be received and processed at any hour of the day.
  • Reduced submission-decision time (up to 40% faster).
  • Less enquiries from authors as they themselves can check and track the submitted articles.
  • Easy record maintenance and performance tracking.
  • Facilitates the use of the best referees and not just the nearest.
  • Collaboration with editors located in different parts of the country or outside the country.

Pre-press and print services

  • Reference corrections, copy-editing, uniform style & International norms in journal publishing with Good quality of printing.
  • Good reproduction of photographs and illustrations.
  • Hassle-free distribution network: keeping track of returns, email alerts on dispatch, online tracking of dispatch.
  • Single online database to maintain association's members list.

Post-publication services

INDEXING WITH BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES
  • Providing bibliographic records in electronic format to indexing agencies and secondary aggregating agencies, thus making the issues available instantly with these agencies.
  • Data to all indexing agencies are provided ahead of print and electronically -> better visibility -> higher citations