Supply Chain Pulse (SCP) publication’s Advisory Board laid down the following policy guidelines for smooth governance of this research journal:-
A. Manuscript Review
SCP follows a double-blind peer review system, wherein the names of the authors and reviewers’ identity are not disclosed. The peer review process takes approximately a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Steps followed in the peer review system are discussed below:
As soon as the manuscript is submitted by the authors, acknowledgement is sent to the author. A reference number is assigned to the manuscript for tracking and further correspondence to be done by the author(s). Possible rejection is given at this stage, if the editor feels that the manuscript fails to achieve journal’s objective.
Once the acknowledgement is sent to the authors and the manuscript passes through step 1, the editor will assign two reviewers to the manuscript and will send the article to these reviewers along with “Manuscript Evaluation Form (MEF)”.The review process usually takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
After careful review, the reviewers will send their comments on the manuscript along with the MEF. The editor then issues a letter of gratitude to the reviewers.
Editor communicates the decision to author and which falls under following three categories;
a. Reject: Manuscript is rejected based on reviewers’ comments.
b. Revise: Author is asked to revise the manuscript based on reviewers’ comments. c. Accept: The editor accepts the manuscript subect to reviewers’ comments.
- Fees (for manuscript review and publication)
All research papers are reviewed (manuscript) and published at no cost to author(s).
Authors are provided with a soft copy of their published paper in pdf format. A print copy is also mailed to them at no cost to them. However, the demand for the additional copy by both the existing and new customer(s)/author(s) will be charged as per applicable price at the time of request.
For customers/readers (Institutions / Individual) the print copies are made available to them through annual subscription fee.
- Intellectual Property Rights
A research paper without author’s original work will not be accepted by SCP. In addition, research paper published before or is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere will not be accepted for even for review and publishing thereafter. The paper should not contain any unlawful statements or in any way infringe the copyrights of others.
The transfer of copyright is standard practice followed in journal publishing. This enables us, as the publisher, to negotiate subsidiary licences to database aggregators and document supply companies, and allows permissions to reproduce articles in books, course packs and electronic reserve. In the event, an article is accepted for publication, author should fill-in “Author’s Declaration Form (ADF)” duly signed by corresponding author and the co-authors. ADF correspond to declaration of the original work done by author (s) and the copyrights. In ADF we ask authors of articles accepted for publication to sign for assigning assigning/transferring copyright to SCP. About research paper with multiple authors/contributors we expect a "Corresponding Author" to be responsible for getting the signatures of all the contributors on the ADF.
The transfer of copyrights to SCP enable us to defend and enforce authors' rights against plagiarism, copyright infringement, unauthorised use and breach of authors' moral rights.
The research papers published in SCP are being archived by us using the facilities available with us. We have been using the services of ITM Business School’s Kharghar Campus library. We allow archiving and storing of the published papers by volume, issues and authors and by the category of ‘Special’ Issues.
The SCP is committed to the archiving viz the long-term preservation of and access to the scholarly research information published in print form within the SCP publication.
Few sets of each SCP print issues are kept aside and preserved separately in ITM Business School’s library in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The Librarian will be the custodian of the SCP past issues
The SCP will ensure access to the archive of its both print and electronic version of publications to the consumer at subscription price prevailing at the time of an order from the customer. If publication of a journal is terminated, the SCP will continue to preserve the journal content for the long term and will charge an appropriate access fee to consumers. In the case that the SCP should decide to discontinue its activity as a publisher, the SCP will make its best effort to preserve the publication archive for long-term preservation at ITM Business School’s library for the user community.
Currently all the research papers published in past issues are available in soft version in pdf format and a copy (soft) of authors paper is made available to author along with a print copy of the entire issue after it is released for distribution.
Following are the guidelines for usage rights for various subscribers;
Usage rights of active institutional subscribers will be governed by the terms of the agreement in force. A signed copy of the current agreement must be on file. A subscription fee for the current term must also have been paid. Individual subscriptions are limited to personal use only. Subscribers will be able to purchase a print copy of SCP at the end of each subscription term. The same usage rights as for active subscribers apply to the use of published material. No additional service is available, after the lapse of subscription. They will have to pay for purchase of an article or entire issue. Dissemination information packages containing current or back materials will be made available to them at prices applicable at the time of placement of an order.
- Retraction and Correction
SCP takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the research papers published in SCP for all end users. Changes to articles after they have been published may only be made under the circumstances as follows: -
- The corrected article is not removed from the journal, but notice of erratum is given in the subsequent issue. An Erratum is made freely available to all readers and is linked to the corrected article.
- SCP issues a Retraction notice that the paper should not be regarded as part of the SCP Publication, if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable. This can be as a result of misconduct or honest error, work is plagiarized or it is unethical research.
- To protect the integrity of the record, the retracted article is not removed from the journal, but notice of retraction is given, is made freely available to all readers, and is linked to the retracted article.
- In the circumstances involving legal infringement, the SCP may redact or remove an article. However, bibliographic information about the article will be retained to ensure the integrity of the SCP record.
- If the research paper is corrected after publication, a communication from SCP notifies readers that an article has been corrected subsequently. The reasons may typographical or production errors (which are the fault of the Publisher) affect the integrity of the article data (such as title, author list or by subject) or will significantly impact the readers' ability to comprehend the article. The original article is not removed in original printed version of the journal.
- Authors to note that an original article can only be removed and replaced with a corrected version less than one year after the original publication date. For over one year publication date, correction will only be documented in notification by SCP
SCP expects that reports of original research should reveal an accurate account of the academic or exploratory research work performed for writing a research paper. The collected data should be incorporated accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Dishonest or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable and will lead to rejection of paper.
The authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work. The works of others used in manuscript should be appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable.
An author should not submit the manuscript for consideration to SCP if he/she has submitted the same for consideration or already published in another journal. Authors should cite publications that have been authoritative in determining the nature of the reported work. The information, which is obtained from unauthorised sources, should not be used without the explicit written permission of the original author of the work/information used in the manuscripts. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper. Any potential conflicts of interest amongst authors should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.