Principles of Transparency

Aim and Scope

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics (JIBS) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to all aspects of insects and other arthropods diversity and systematics, both extant and extinct taxa. Various types of original papers in diversity and systematics including revisions, catalogues, taxonomic monographs, nomenclatural notes, descriptions of the new taxa, applications of biology and anatomy in taxonomy, biodiversity, historical biogeography, phylogeny, evolution, Paleontology, theoretical methodology in systematics, biogeographical distributional patterns, as well as regional checklists and the review papers are welcome. JIBS will publish papers in insect and other arthropods diversity and systematics from any part of the world. Extensive faunistic revisions on a group of insects throughout a country or wider biogeographical region are very welcome.
 

Keywords

Systematic, Taxonomy, New taxa, Arthropods, Insects, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Phylogeny, Paleontology

 

Peer-review process

All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission to meet the structural and subject principles of JIBS. The matched articles will go under a double-blinded peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers (experts in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff) who are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field specialties. The Editorial Board members have the final responsibility to select the articles.
 

Governing body

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is under the scientific control of the Editorial Board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. Some executive roles of the Editorial Board members are delegated to the Editor-in-Chief who is well-known in the journal’s scope.
 

Editorial team

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is under the scientific supervision of the Editorial Team whose members are all experts with a high number of publications in their field.
 

Author fees/Access

There are No Fees or page Charges at all for submission, reviewing, and publishing processes in the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics. Publication of color figures in the online edition is also free of charge. JIBS follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. The Journal contents and the individual articles are freely available to readers without subscriptions or payments through the journal website or its permanent repositories.
 

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Publisher and editors of JIBS are reasonable to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In doing so, the JIBS follows Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines in dealing with allegations.
 

Ownership and management

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is owned by Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Iran.
 

 Revenue sources/Advertising/Direct marketing

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is financially supported completely by TMU and has no other sources for earning funds. JIBS accepts no advertisements on the site or even as a report article.
 

Publishing schedule/Archiving

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics has published 4 issues per year. All the content from the beginning to the end will be available for ever on the JIBS exclusive website. Contents of JIBS are also deposited in SID, Magiran, and ISC.



Publishing Policies
 

1. Peer Review Policy

The peer-review process is mostly double-blinded in which the reviewer’s name is unknown to the author and, vice versa. Manuscripts are initially evaluated by the Editors and only those that are following the aims and scope of JIBS, and covering the Editorial scientific standards, will receive the subsequent processing.

Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three independent reviewers who have no conflict of interest. The review process is done as quickly as possible, and an editorial decision is normally made within 6–8 weeks of submission. After final acceptance, the articles may also be further revised by the Editorial Team members scientifically, structurally, and methodologically. The galley proof will be sent back to the corresponding author for final confirmation. All authors are responsible for the precision and correctness of the content.
 

2. Authorship

The list of authors should include anyone who has significantly contributed to the writing of the article. Relative scientific or professional influences of contributors should be considered while specifying principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits. In multiple-authored articles which are derived from a student’s dissertation or thesis, normally the name of the student is listed as the principal author. In accordance with the COPE guidelinesJIBS allows the authors to correct authorship/correspondence within a submitted/ accepted manuscript before publication, based on valid reason. All authors – including those to be added or removed – must agree to any proposed change. Contact the Editorial office of the Journal to request a change to the author list. A fully completed and signed form is needed to change the authorship.
 

3. Conflicts of interests

The articles publishing in the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics must be accompanied by a conflict of interest disclosure statement. This statement must be declared by the authors that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.  Any direct or indirect financial interests or other situations that led to bias in all scientific or commercial aspects of the work by the various funding personal/institutional sources should be clarified, accordingly. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in JIBS.  It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to inform these issues to the co-authors and to express the statement both in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript, and in the respective form for declaration of Conflict of Interest at the time of submission. A statement is also required that confirms that there is no dispute on the ownership of the data in the articles. This statement has to already be properly attributed via coauthorship or acknowledgment.

All the submitted manuscripts from the Editorial Board members and the Editor-in-Chief of JIBS, are also gone under the same reviewing process as the other authors are gone. In the cases that a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript or a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article (all authors are filling the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at the submission time), JIBS will follow COPE’s guidelines.
 

4. Publishing Ethics

TMU Press accepts all the terms and conditions of the COPE. Authors may refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors for comprehensive information.
 

4.1. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. Plagiarism is not in itself a crime but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts.

Plagiarism or other breaches in publication are taken extremely seriously in TMU Press. The rights of authors are protected and claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal are investigated. Articles submitted are checked using duplication-checking software. All types of plagiarism are strictly prohibited. Manuscripts that will be involved in plagiarism will automatically be rejected and the authors will not have the right to submit any new manuscript in the future. The Editors and reviewers are strongly prohibited from further processing of such misconduct researches.

If an article is found to have plagiarized other work or contained third-party copyright material without authorization or adequate acknowledgment, or where authorship of the article is contested, TMU Press reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies; removing the article from the journal; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; proscription of the author from publication in the journal or proper legal action under the principles of COPE.

 

4.2. Publication and experimentation Ethics

The authors are not allowed to submit their manuscripts to more than one journal. The submitted manuscript should not have been previously published, should not be currently submitted for review to any other journal, and will not be submitted elsewhere before the final decision on the publication is made by the Editorial Board of JIBS. Resubmission of a manuscript rejected or withdrawn from publication by JIBS is not permissible.

Authors who study human subjects need to state that in the materials and methods section: a) patients' consent and b) authors specify whether the procedures followed have been gauged by a responsible review committee. Where no formal committee is available the research must be under Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013. Where animals are included in the research, all animals should have received human care according to the criteria outlined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals prepared by the National Academy of Science and published by the National Institutes of Health. (NIH publication 23–86, revised 1985).