Open Access  Policy and licensing information

Agrobiodiversity for Improving Nutrition, Health, and Life Quality is an Open Access publication series – available online to the readers without financial, legal, or technical barriers. Non-commercial use and distribution in any medium is permitted, provided the author and the scientific papers are properly credited. Authors pay no charge or fee for article submission or processing.

Articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Authors may re-use published data and illustrations without any restrictions other than those mandated by scientific ethical practices (credit must be given and modifications must be noted). Authors may use final published versions in e-repositories, in teaching duties, or in course packs.

 

Editorial and peer review process

New submissions undergo the in-house quality control check to ensure adherence to the requirements.  Authors can check the status of a manuscript at any time in the submission system. Authors will also be notified by emails when decisions are made. Submissions are evaluated by 2 external reviewers in a single blind review process.

 

Publication ethics

 

Editors' responsibilities – publication decisions

The editor is responsible for the decision on which of the papers submitted to the scientific papers will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts irrespective of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, or citizenship. Decisions will be based on the papers’ importance, originality and clarity, and the studies’ validity and relevance to the scientific papers' scope. The editor and any editorial staff member must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone except of corresponding authors, reviewers, potential reviewers,  and the publisher, as appropriate. Unpublished materials disclosed in submitted papers will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the authors ' explicit written consents.

 

Reviewers' responsibilities – contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve authors in improving their papers. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others only if authorized by the editor. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of authors is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer reviews must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. 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 associated with the papers.

 

Authors' duties

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately. A paper should contain sufficient details and references enabling others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Authors could be asked to provide raw data of their studies together with papers for editorial reviews and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable.

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of reported works should also be cited.

Authors should submit only such scientific works, that have not been previously published. Submitting the same paper more than once constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License,which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work but not to to make any commercial use of it.

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of a reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Corresponding authors ensure that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. Corresponding authors will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of a paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the scientific papers editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.

 

Privacy policy

Agrobiodiversity is committed to respect the importance of its members’ personal information to protect them in an appropriate manner. Agrobiodiversity may collect personal information to the extent necessary for execution of business purposes in accordance with articles. The collected personal information may not be disclosed and provided to a third party without a personal consent unless under exceptional circumstances. Agrobiodiversity  is committed to manage the personal information with fidelity in order to prevent unauthorized access, property loss, loss such as being lodged, destruction, manipulation and leaking or other factors.

 

Archiving

Articles have been archived at the Agrobiodiversity and are available for immediate access. Authors can 'self-archive' their articles in a digital form on their personal homepages, funder repositories or their institutions' archives. Authors can archive pre-print, post-print or the publisher's version of their work.
Articles are also archived by the Slovak Agricultural Library of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.