International Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology is committed to delivering high-quality research results in the field of horticulture and related sciences to the world and therefore all submissions will be peer reviewed. IJHST adopts the following statement for guidelines on publication ethics.
Our publication ethics statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). To see our policy in this matter please click here.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you find that any work published with IJHST potentially violates the publication ethics:
Peer Review Process
Authors and Their Responsibility
- Authorship should be limited to whom they have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, and interpretation of submitted study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.
- Any other participation in certain substantive aspects of the research project and information on the financial support of the study should be acknowledged.
- The corresponding author is obligated to proof that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that the final version of the paper and have seen and agreed by all co-authors its submission for publication have approved.
- All authors are obliged to provide rebuttals or corrections of errors, if any are found.
- Authors are obligated to submitted the list of references.
- Joint first or senior authorship: In the case of joint first authorship, a footnote should be added to the author listing, e.g. ‘X and Y should be considered joint first author’ or ‘X and Y should be considered joint senior author.’
Misbehave in Studies
- Publishing houses and editors take reasonable measures to identify and prevent the publication of articles that have been misbehaved in studies
- Publishers and editors does not encourage violations or knowingly commit such violations
- If the publisher and / or editors of the journal found out about any facts or allegations of inappropriate research behavior, this fact or and statement are considered, respectively.
- Publishers and editors are always prepared to publish corrections, clarifications, rebuttals and apologies, when necessary.
In case, an author is found to be suspected of Plagiarism in a submitted or published manuscript then, authors will be asked to submit his / her (their) explanation within two weeks, which may be forwarded to the Fact Finding Committee (FFC) constituted for the purpose, for further course of action. If any response from the author within the stipulated time period have not been received, then the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned
- College, Institution or Organization or the Vice Chancellor of the University to which the author is affiliated shall be contacted to take strict action against the concerned author.
Published manuscripts found to contain plagiarism will be completely removed from our websites and other third party websites where the paper is listed and indexed. The moment, any article published in IJHST database is reported to be plagiarized, a Fact Finding Committee (FFC) will be constituted to investigate the same. Upon having established that the manuscript is plagiarized from some previously published work, the original author and manuscript will be supported irrespective of the publisher and may take any or all of the following immediate actions or follow the additional course of actions as recommended by the committee:
- Editorial office shall immediately contact the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned College, Institution or Organization or the Vice Chancellor of the University to which the author(s) is (are) affiliated to take strict action against the concerned author.
- The PDF copy of the published manuscript shall be removed from the website and disable all links to full text article. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title.
- The author account shall be disabled with the journal and reject all future submissions from the author for a period of 03 / 05 / 10 years or even ban the authors permanently.
- The list of such authors along with their full contact details will be displayed on the Farname Inc and all Journals Published/Co-publish by Farname websites.
- Any other course of action, as recommended by the Committee or as deemed fit for the instant case or as decided by the Editorial Board, from time to time
Submission Declaration and Verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published or under consideration elsewhere except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis
Declaration of Interest
- Any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work must be disclosed by authors. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
- Authors are expected to state their declaration of interest in form of one of statements below:
- If authors have no declaration of interest: The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.
- If authors have declaration of interest: The authors declare the following financial interests/personal relationships which may be considered as potential competing interests
Use of Inclusive Language
Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, for instance by using 'he or she', 'his/her' instead of 'he' or 'his', and by making use of job titles that are free of stereotyping (e.g. 'chairperson' instead of 'chairman' and 'flight attendant' instead of 'stewardess').
Changes to Authorship
- Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author:
- The reason for the change in author list
- Written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
- Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
Post publication debates either on our site, through letters to the editor is allowed. Mechanisms for correcting, revising or retracting articles after publication are available.
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
Withdrawal of Article
Withdrawal or removal of articles is strongly discouraged. The practice of removal, deletion, or obscuring of an article or part of an article should be limited to circumstances such as:
• Legal infringements, defamation, or other legal
• False or inaccurate data, especially those that if acted upon could pose a serious health risk.
Even in these circumstances, a retraction statement must still be published to ensure that bibliographic information about the removed article is retained for the scientific record, and an explanation must be given about the circumstances of removal or withdrawal. Readers are also directed to the sections in this article which discuss Retractions and Expressions of Concern.
How the Journal Will Handle Complaints and Appeals
We aim to respond to and resolve all complaints quickly and constructively. The procedures to investigate and resolve complaints followed by IJHST aims to be fair and balanced for those making complaints and for those being complained about.
Authors who wish to appeal an editorial decision should contact the Editor-in-Chief of IJHST. In such cases the Editor-in-Chief will review the manuscript, editorial and peer reviewers' comments and give his/her decision for accepting or rejecting a manuscript. Editor-in-Chief may, if so required, send the manuscript to a new handling editor for a fresh editorial review and to new referees for peer review. Decision of the Editor-in-Chief in such case will be final.
The procedure to make a complaint is easy. The complaint can be made by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All complaints will be acknowledged within three working days.
For all matters related to the policies, procedures, editorial content and actions of the editorial staff, the decision of the Editor-in-Chief will be final. If the Editor-in-Chief is unavailable for any reason, the complaint will be referred to the executive Editor of IJHST.
The publisher of IJHST ensures electronic backup of the published articles and website content regularly. All published articles are also being archived in sid.ir and sivilica database and available for access.
IJHST is published online in every February, May, August and November in a year
It is important that you read this guide in full to ensure your paper is ready to submit. However, in keeping with our high standards, please particularly check the following ten points:
- Have you checked authenticity of authors and their affiliation?
- Have you checked that the manuscript contains Abstract, Key word, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion?
- Have you ensured that the discussion part is separated from the results?
- Have you prepared your cover letter text describing the novelty and importance of the findings?
- Have you ensured that the work has been presented to an appropriately high standard following our style and within the word limit?
- Have you given due consideration to an engaging title? This will help ensure your work reaches a wide audience.
- Have you selected appropriate key words? These are important and will make it easier to find and cite your work.
- Have you checked that the titles and legends for the tables and figures are self-explanatory and they can be fully understood without reference to the main text? And have they been cited in sequence?
- If you are considering the inclusion of supplementary data, does it significantly enhance your paper while being nonessential to a full understanding of the work?
- Have you checked all your references carefully for journal style? Have you ensured that they are all cited in your final version (and that all citations are to papers in your reference list)?
- Have you got any remaining questions? Remember that the editorial office team will be glad to help.