The editorial policies of Consortium Publisher is as under,
- The articles are accessible online
if accepted for publication.
- Authors and readers can study,
download and/or print the open access articles.
- Articles are licensed under the
terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode),
which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and
reproduction in any medium, provided that the work is properly cited.
- ICDTD Inc follows the single
blind peer-review procedure for submissions of all manuscripts to its
journals. Single blind is the most common type of peer-reviewing in which
the identity of the reviewers is not disclosed to the authors of the
submitted manuscript. The anonymity of reviewers allows for objective
assessment of the manuscript by reviewers and is also free from any
influence by the authors on the reviewer’s comments.
- All submitted articles are subject
to an extensive peer review in consultation with members of the Journal's
Editorial Board and independent external referees; (usually three
reviewers). All manuscripts are assessed rapidly and the decision taken by
the journal's Editor-in-Chief based on all the peer reviewers’ comments is
then conveyed to the author(s).
- All efforts are made to expedite
the peer review process leading timely publication.
- Authors publishing with ICDTD
Inc retain the copyright to their work.
- Authors have the flexibility to
publish a wide range of articles in a ICDTD Inc journal e.g. short
communications, full-length research and review articles, supplements,
conference proceedings and case studies.
- For human or animal experimental
investigations, it is a prerequisite to provide a formal review and
approval, or review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review
board or ethics committee and should be documented in your paper.
- All clinical investigations must
be conducted according to the Declaration of Helsinki principles. Authors
must comply with the guidelines of the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/)
with regard to the patient’s consent for research or participation in a
study. Patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers must not be
mentioned anywhere in the manuscript (including figures). Editors may
request that authors provide documentation of the formal review and
recommendation from the institutional review board or ethics committee
responsible for oversight of the study.
- Appeals and Complaints: Authors
who wish to make a complaint should refer it to the Editor-in-Chief of the
journal concerned. Complaints to the Publisher may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plagiarism Prevention: ICDTD
Inc uses the Turnitin (http://turnitin.com/) software to detect
instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.
Turnitin software checks content against a database of periodicals, the
Internet, and a comprehensive article database. It generates a similarity
report, highlighting the percentage overlap between the uploaded article
and the published material. Any instance of content overlap is further
scrutinized for suspected plagiarism according to the publisher's
Editorial Policies. ICDTD Inc allows an overall similarity of 20% for
a manuscript to be considered for publication. The similarity percentage
is further checked keeping the following important points in view:
- Types of Plagiarism: We
all know that scholarly manuscripts are written after thorough review of
previously published articles. It is therefore not easy to draw a clear
boundary between legitimate representation and plagiarism. However, the
following important features can assist in identifying different kinds of
plagiarized content. These are:
- Reproduction of others words,
sentences, ideas or findings as one’s own without proper acknowledgement.
- Text recycling, also known as
self-plagiarism. It is the author’s use of a previous publication in
another paper without proper citation and acknowledgement of the original
- Paraphrasing poor Copying
complete paragraphs and modifying a few words without changing the
structure of original sentences or changing the sentence structure but
not the words.
- Verbatim copying of text without
putting quotation marks and not acknowledging the work of the original
- Properly citing a work but poorly
paraphrasing the original text is considered as unintentional plagiarism.
Similarly, manuscripts with language somewhere between paraphrasing and
quoting are not acceptable. Authors should either paraphrase properly or
quote and in both cases, cite the original source.
- Higher similarity in the
abstract, introduction, materials and methods, and discussion and
conclusion sections indicates that the manuscript may contain plagiarized
text. Authors can easily explain these parts of the manuscript in many
ways. However, technical terms and sometimes standard procedures cannot
be rephrased; therefore, Editors must review these sections carefully
before making a decision.
- Plagiarism in Published
manuscripts which are found to contain plagiarized text are retracted from
the journal website after careful investigation and approval by the
Editor-in-Chief of the journal. A ‘Retraction Note’ as well as a link to
the original article is published on the electronic version of the
- Copyrights: Authors
who publish in ICDTD Inc journals retain copyright to their work.
Submission of a manuscript to the respective journals implies that all
authors have read and agreed to the content of the Covering Letter or the
Terms and Conditions. It is a condition of publication that manuscripts
submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be
simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. ICDTD
Inc (Licensor) grants the author(s) a worldwide, royalty-free,
non-exclusive, and non-commercial perpetual license to exercise the rights
in the article published as stated below:
- All articles are published under
the Creative Commons Attribution License
(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode), which permits
unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any
medium, provided that the work is properly cited.
- The authors retain the copyright
of their published article. They will also have the right to:
- Reproduce the article, to
incorporate the article into one or more collective works, and to
reproduce the article as incorporated in collective works;
- Create and reproduce Derivative
Works for educational purposes.
- Distribute Copies
- Any commercial application of the
work, with prior agreement by the author, is exclusively granted to ICDTD
- Waiver: Authors
grant to ICDTD Inc (licensor) the right to retain all revenue from
commercial sales of the author's published article in a ICDTD
- ICDTD Inc offers affordable
article processing fees, ranking amongst the lowest as compared to those
of other open access journal publishers. An article-processing
fee payable by the author/ author's institution applies for every accepted
article, to cover the costs incurred by open access
publication. Member of ICDTD Inc are entitled to discounted
article processing fees.
- Authors can self-archive post
prints of their published articles.
- Authors can reproduce derivative
works of the article for educational purposes and distribute its copies.
- Publication Charges Policy: ICDTD
Inc is committed to disseminating research and scholarly publications
as widely as possible. It supports the principle that 'the results of
research that have been publicly funded should be freely accessible in the
public domain’ and therefore it encourages researchers to make their
research available through Open Access (OA).
- Open access publishing is not
without costs. To provide open access, ICDTD Inc journals partly
defray the expenses of peer review, journal production, and online hosting
and archiving from authors and their research sponsors by charging a
publication fee for each article they publish. The fees vary by journal.
- Errata and Corrections in
Published Articles: Authors and readers are encouraged
to notify the Editor-in-Chief if they discover errors in published
content, authors’ names and affiliations or if they have reasons for
concern over the legitimacy of a publication. In such cases the journal
will publish an ERRATUM in consultation with Editor-in-Chief and authors
of the article, and/or replace or retract the article.
- Article Withdrawal: Articles
in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication or published as
E-pub Ahead of Schedule but which have not been formally published with
volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are determined to
violate the publishing ethics guidelines such as multiple submission, fake
claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like, may
be “Withdrawn” from the journal. Withdrawal means that the article files
are removed and replaced with a PDF stating that the article has been
withdrawn from the journal in accordance with ICDTD Inc Editorial
- Article Retraction: Published
articles (with volume/issue/page information) which may contain
infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission,
bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like
- A retraction note titled
"Retraction: [article title]" signed by the authors and/or the
Editor-in-Chief is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue
of the journal and listed in the contents list.
- In the electronic version, a link
is made to the original article.
- The online article is preceded by
a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the
link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
- The original article is retained
unchanged with a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is
- The HTML version of the document
- Redundant (multiple) publication/
and posters at conferences, results presented at meetings (for example, to
inform investigators or participants about findings), and results
databases (data without interpretation, discussion, context or conclusions
in the form of tables and text to describe data/information where this is
not easily presented in tabular form) are not considered to be prior
- Authors who want to publish
translations of the articles that have been published elsewhere should
ensure that they have appropriate permission(s), should indicate clearly
that the material has been translated and re-published, and should
indicate clearly the original source of the material. The Editor-in-Chief
may request copies of related publications if they are concerned about
overlap and possible redundancy.
- Disclaimer: Responsibility for the content
published by ICDTD Inc in any of its journals, including any opinions
expressed therein, rests exclusively with the author(s) of such content.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, ICDTD Inc (on its own
behalf, and on behalf of its staff and members of its editorial board)
disclaims responsibility for any and all injury and/or damage (whether
financial or otherwise) to persons or property, resulting directly or
indirectly from any ideas, methods, instructions or products (including
errors in the same) referred to in the content of any of ICDTD