Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

All authors must comply with our editorial polices. Please see below for more information.

Authorship
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the works. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Any other form of specific personal contribution should be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript, which must be provided under the subheading ‘Acknowledgements'. All requested changes to the author list after submission will be queried by the publisher and you will be asked to provide further explanation.

Submissions
All manuscripts are considered on the strict condition that they have not been submitted elsewhere, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication, or in press elsewhere. Failure to adhere to the above conditions will result in the editor and Incisive Media publishing an appropriate correction, a statement of retraction, or enacting a withdrawal of the paper.

Plagiarism
Incisive Media has a strict policy against plagiarism. We define plagiarism as the use of extracts from another person's work that are not placed in quotation marks, without the permission of that person, and without acknowledgement to that person, with the result that your article presents these extracts as original to you. By submitting your work to Risk Journals, you warrant that it is your original work, and that you have secured the necessary written permission from the appropriate copyright owner or authority for the reproduction of any text, illustration, or other material. If any paper submitted to Risk Journals is found to have breached any of these conditions, Incisive Media reserves the right to reject the paper.

Peer Review
All papers will be subjected to confidential peer review by experts in the field and, on the basis of reviewers' feedback; papers will be accepted unconditionally, accepted subject to revision or rejected.

Publication Ethics
Incisive Media is committed to ethical publishing. The guidelines below are intended to aid all those involved in the publishing process.

Editors
We ask editors to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for papers they deem worthy of consideration by peer review:

  • Unbiased consideration should be given to a paper, judging each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author.
  • Papers should be dealt with and processed with reasonable speed and efficiency.
  • Editors have sole responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of a paper. While an editor may seek guidance via peer review, she or he may reject a paper without review if considered inappropriate for the journal.
  • The peer-review process must be confidential.
  • Conflicts of interest must be declared.

Authors
Authors must present an accurate account of the research performed, and offer an objective discussion of its significance.

  • The article must contain sufficient detail and reference to public sources of information to permit the author's peers to repeat the work.
  • Authors must cite all relevant references.
  • Authors must declare conflicts of interest.
  • Authors must avoid fragmenting research to maximize the number of articles submitted.
  • Authors must not submit the same article to more than one journal/publication at the same time.
  • Whilst criticism of work/studies may be necessary, personal criticisms are not acceptable.

Referees and Peer Reviewers
We ask referees and peer reviewers to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for those submitted papers they have agreed to peer review:

  • Unbiased consideration should be given to each paper, judging each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author.
  • Papers should be dealt with and processed with reasonable speed and efficiency.
  • The paper will be judged objectively.
  • The peer-review process will be kept confidential.
  • Conflicts of interest must be declared.
  • Referees' judgments must be explained and supported. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported must be accompanied by the relevant citation, and unsupported assertions must be avoided.
  • While the review of a manuscript may justify criticism, even severe criticism, under no circumstances is personal or malicious criticism of the author appropriate or acceptable.

Declaration /Conflict of interest policy
Incisive Media does not discriminate on the basis of the source of material submitted, provided full disclosure is provided and appropriate declaration of interest statements and acknowledgments are included in published paper. Thus, we require that authors include comprehensive ‘Declaration of Interest' and ‘Acknowledgements' sections in submitted papers. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. It is the sole responsibility of authors to disclose any affiliation with any organization with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript (such as consultancies, employment, paid expert testimony, honoraria, speakers bureaus, retainers, stock options or ownership, patents or patent applications or travel grants) that may affect the conduct or reporting of the work submitted. All sources of funding are to be explicitly stated.

Please do not hesitate to contact us as [email protected] should you have any questions or require further information.

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