Publishing Ethics

The Journal of Fisheries and Environment publishes articles following a double-blind peer review process to ensure the standards of its publications and the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. It is therefore necessary that the standards of ethical obligations are met by all parties involved in the act of publishing: authors, reviewers and editors.

Duties of Authors:

Authors must submit manuscripts of their own, original work. Authors should not submit a previously published paper for consideration in another journal. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Authors are responsible for creating all components of the manuscript of their original work, and if the authors have referenced the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Authors are responsible for the quality and accuracy of the work. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. All sources of data used in the development of the manuscript should be acknowledged. 

Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

It is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher of the discovery of any significant errors or inaccuracy in the published work, and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum. 

Duties of Reviewers:

Reviewers assist the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions, and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

Reviewers must treat any manuscripts received for review as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor. All manuscripts must be reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry or political values of the authors.

Reviews should be conducted objectively in the context of the reviewer’s expertise in the field. Reviewers should comment accurately and constructively upon the quality of the author's interpretation of the data, including acknowledgment of its limitations. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.

Reviewers must not make any personal or professional use of the data, arguments, or interpretations for publication unless they have the authors' specific permission or are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article.

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 connected to the research.

Duties of Editors:

Editors of the Journal of Fisheries and Environment are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published by using a double-blind peer review process. Editors must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author and reviewers.

Editors must keep all privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review as confidential documents and must not use such information for personal advantage. An editor’s final decision regarding acceptance and publication of a manuscript is constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. 

Editors should recuse themselves from considering 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 connected to the research.

Editors should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher. Any reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be investigated, even if it is discovered years after publication.