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Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement

The Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathologyis a quarterly peer-reviewed journal officially published by the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (IAVP). The journal follows high standards of publication ethics and scientific integrity.

Conditions of Acceptance. The Editor accepts papers on the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted or already accepted for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, will not be reprinted in whole or in part without the Editor's written approval. The Editor reserves the right to reject, on scientific, ethical or other grounds, any manuscript submitted to it. Each person named in the list of authors of a paper must have made a substantial scientific or critical contribution to the work described, and have read and approved the version submitted to the Journal.

Animal Experimentation. Circumstances relating to animal experimentation must meet the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals as issued by the Council for the International Organizations of Medical Sciences as well as Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision on Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) Guidelines for Laboratory Animal Facility obtainable from CPCSEA, No.13/1, 3rd Seaward Road, Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041, Tamil Nadu, India or at URL:envfor.nic.in/divisions/awd/cpcsea_laboratory.pdf Unnecessary suffering to animals in experimentation is not acceptable to the Editors of the Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathology.

Review Process. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. The Editors review all submitted manuscripts initially. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific and technical flaws or lack of a significant message are rejected. Priority is determined by the Editors' assessment of the manuscript relative to other papers being considered. A manuscript may be returned to the authors without peer review if Editors find it inappropriate for publication in this Journal. For manuscripts accepted for external review, the Chief Editor assigns manuscripts to the Editor and, in consultation, will solicit reviewers. The Journal prefers to conduct a blinded peer-review process, which is kept completely confidential.It is considered a violation of this confidentiality if authors identify or attempt to communicate directly with peer reviewers regarding their manuscripts. Each manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The reviewer comments and Editor's recommendation are evaluated by the Chief Editor for disposition and transmittal to the authors. The contributors will be informed about the reviewers' comments and acceptance/rejection of manuscript. Every effort is made to complete the review process within 60 days of the date received.A number of worthy manuscripts may be rejected based on the priority of the journal.

Journal Scientific Integrity Policy. The Journal has developed principles for defining scientific misconduct as well as procedures for handling such matters. General guidelines are described below. To report suspected misconduct relating to authors, reviewers, or Editors, send written complaint to the office of theChief Editor, The Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathology, Division of Animal Health, Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom, P.O. Farah - 281122, Mathura, U.P., India or e-mail toeditorijvp@gmail.com, editor_ijvp@rediffmail.com.

Author Conduct. Authorship is defined as 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. When submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the corresponding author takes responsibility on behalf of all authors for the authorship, authenticity and integrity of the research being reported. Authors should take special care that manuscripts submitted to the Journal are prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (see http://www.icmje.org); in particular the ethical considerations regarding authorship, conflicts of interest, redundant publication and treatment and confidentiality of research subjects should be carefully adhered to. Additionally, the Journal takes great care to secure the confidentiality and integrity of the peer-review process; it is considered a violation of this confidentiality for authors to identify or attempt to communicate directly with peer reviewers or Editors regarding their manuscripts. The Editors will consider any deliberate ethical violation in either the reported research or the manuscript preparation and review process to be actionable misconduct, which may result in manuscript rejection or public article retraction, reporting of conduct to the authors' governing institutions, and/or the denial to consider any future submissions to the Journal. Willful misconduct does not include incidents of honest misjudgment or inadvertent error.

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