Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement for the URNCST Journal

The Undergraduate Research in Natural and Clinical Science and Technology (URNCST) [pronounced "earnest"] Journal ( [ISSN: 2561-5637] is committed to ensuring high standards of publication ethics and to maintaining the integrity of the academic record. The following statement outlines the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the publishing process, including authors, editors, peer reviewers, and the publisher and is compliant with the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice Guidelines and the COPE Code of Conduct. More details can be found here:


Authors' Responsibilities:

  • Authors should present an accurate and honest account of their research findings, and should not fabricate or falsify data or make plagiaristic claims.
  • Authors must ensure that the work submitted is original and has not been published elsewhere, or is not currently under consideration for publication in another journal.
  • Authors should obtain permission from the copyright holder for any previously published material used in their submission.
  • Authorship should accurately reflect the contribution of each individual to the work and should not include individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship.
  • Conflicts of interest must be declared by authors in the submission process, and any financial support received for the research should be acknowledged.


Editorial Responsibilities:

  • The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the URNCST Journal should be published.
  • The editorial team should evaluate manuscripts objectively, taking into account their validity, relevance, and the significance of their findings.
  • The editorial team must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts and must not disclose any information about them to unauthorized parties.
  • Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by the editorial team for their own research purposes without the express written consent of the authors.


Peer-Reviewer Responsibilities:

  • Reviewers should be fair and objective in their assessment of the manuscript, and should not use information obtained through the peer review process for their own research purposes.
  • Reviewers should identify any relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  • Reviewers should alert the editorial team to any possible ethical concerns, such as plagiarism or data fabrication.


Publisher Responsibilities:

  • The publisher is responsible for ensuring that the journal adheres to its publication ethics and malpractice statement.
  • The publisher should take appropriate measures in the event of publication malpractice, such as retracting articles or issuing corrections.


In conclusion, the URNCST Journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and to promoting the integrity of the academic record. The responsibility for ensuring ethical standards is shared by all parties involved in the publishing process, and all parties are expected to abide by the ethical standards outlined in this statement.