Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Journal aim and scope
Agraarteadus : Journal of Agricultural Science is an open access, internationally peer-reviewed journal and indexed by several abstracting and full-text databases.
Agraarteadus accept original research of both local and international dimensions from all fields of agriculture (including: forestry, plant sciences, water management, nature conservation and ecology, environmental sciences, animal sciences and veterinary medicine, economics, and engineering). Particularly multidisciplinary research is considered by the journal.
Specific topics of particular interest are investigations addressing issues of sustainability and investigations that generally aids practical implications of a balanced and wise management of rural life. Submissions that aids the understanding biodiversity issues are welcome.
The journal is obligating itself to avoid publication bias by publishing negative studies if the study is well made.
The author(s) should present a discussion of the novelty of the manuscript and the significance of the research work submitted. They must state that the submitted work is entirely original and all contributors are appropriately acknowledged who did not qualify for authorship (design/sample/analyses, write the manuscript, edit and approve final manuscript) and including funding sources, language editing, and technical assistance. It must be clearly stated how all the listed authors contributed to the international qualifications for authorship: A) design/sampling/analysis, B) writing of the manuscript, and C) editing and approving the final manuscript. Using initials of the authors should list the contributions for the manuscript for design/sample/analyses, writing of the manuscript, edit and approve the final manuscript. Authors must declare all financial sources and any personal conflicts of interest that can bias the reported study. If the authors find no conflict of interest, they must state so at the end of manuscript.
Ethical considerations and experimental permits must be explained in the method section if applicable. Unnecessary suffering to animals and lack of required ethical permits where required will be rejected. Use of animals for scientific purposes must follow EU legislations.
Authors of accepted articles retain all rights to use, print, and distribute the published research as long as the author credits the original publication in this journal. On request the journal grant author’s permission to print the article for use in a thesis. The authors submitting to the journal are expected to follow the general ethical guidelines regarding plagiarism. Once accepted the journal retain the right to print and distribute the manuscript submitted by the author.
Editors should evaluate manuscript on the basis of scientific level, whether the study is adequately designed, is clearly written and contribute with new knowledge to the field. Editors of the journal are responsible for deciding if the article submitted is of sufficient quality to be peer-reviewed and published.
Editors are not allowed to abuse their access to unpublished material for personal gain. Editors must state to the editor in chief, if they have conflicts of interest or connections with author(s) or institution(s) related to the article.
Editors are obliged to evaluate whether the ethical considerations and experimental permits are explained sufficiently and meeting expected international standards. Unnecessary suffering to animals and lack of required ethical permits, where required, will not be accepted for publication. If there is doubt about local law or regulations, editors should clarify this with the authors and ask them to provide a letter from the individual research ethics committee or the research ethics authority in that country about the specific research project. Editors must take immediate and appropriate measures when any ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
The general purpose of review is to assist the editors in evaluating the quality of a manuscript considered for publication in Agraarteadus, and to help the author(s) make improvements to the manuscript (Reviewer report (RTF)).
Reviewers should express their views clearly and support them with arguments and references as necessary. If there are any competing interests’ reviewers should declare them to the editor when getting the invitation to review . Reviewers should decline to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest that result from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted for review should are treated with confidentiality. The reviewer can suggest alternative reviewer to the editor in chief, but the editor evaluate the suitability of reviewer and contact reviewer by herself / himself.
It is the responsibility of the editors and the journal to guarantee the protection of identity of all peer-reviewers.
Implemented: December 01, 2015