Editorial & publishing policies

  • Openess


    The list of Authors should correspond to the following criteria; 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors must meet all three of these conditions.

    All Authors must meet these criteria for authorship and, conversely, no-one should be omitted from the list if he/she meets these criteria.

    We will attempt to resolve any disputes of authorship arising after publication if asked to do so. We may consider publishing a correction should this be deemed appropriate.

    Competing interests 

    All Authors and Referees must declare any competing interests relating to a given article.

    Competing interests are defined as those that, through their potential influence on behaviour or content or from perception of such potential influences, could undermine the objectivity, integrity or perceived value of publication.

    They may include:

    • Employment – recent, current and anticipated by any organisation that may gain or lose financially through publication

    • Sources of funding – research support by any organisation that may gain or lose financially through publication (see also section 1.3)

    • Personal financial interests – stocks and shares in companies that may gain or lose financially through publication; consultation fees or other forms of remuneration from organisations that may gain or lose financially; patents or patent applications whose value may be affected by publication

    • Membership of relevant organisations

    All manuscripts must include a competing interests section. If you have no competing interests please state ‘I/We have no competing interests.'

    If a member of the editorial team feels a competing interest in making a decision on a paper, he/she should return the paper to the office and request that it is transferred to an alternative Editor.

    Sources of funding

    Funding received for the work described in the paper or for the publication itself, for all authors, must be declared within the publication. Examples of funding are:

    • Research funds – the source and any grant numbers should be included in a funding section at the end of the paper

    • Funding for writing, language editing or editorial assistance – this should be included in the acknowledgements section.

    Any competing interests must be declared in the paper. Please read the Instructions for Authors for more information.

  • Misconduct and dual publication

    Research misconduct

    Research misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

    a) Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them

    b) Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record

    c) Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

    Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

    If misconduct is suspected journal Editors will act in accordance with the relevant COPE guidelines: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

    Should a full investigation verify misconduct, a response will be sought from the Authors. If this is satisfactory and a mistake or misunderstanding has taken place, the matter can be resolved. If not, the following steps will be taken;

    i) The Editors of UNAV-JMS will act together and impose a ban on that individual's publication in their journals for an agreed period.

    ii) The Editors will also contact the Author's head of department/employer and can choose to contact the Author's funding body and inform them of the misconduct revealed.

    iii) In cases of published plagiarism or dual publication, an announcement will be made in both journals explaining the situation, including 'retractions' if work is proven to be fraudulent.

    Dual publication

    The UNAV-JMS journal only consider article submissions which have not been published previously. Conference presentations or posting unrefereed manuscripts on preprint servers such as arXiv, bioRxiv and PeerJ PrePrints are not considered prior publication and are therefore permitted.

    It is important to ensure that research work is only published once. If it is published more than once, the scientific literature can be unjustifiably weighted by the appearance that one study has been replicated. It might also mean that the study is inadvertently entered twice into a meta-analysis, for example, or cause problems in systems which use the number of publications to assess an individual's or an institute's research output.

    There may be situations where previously published work can be included in summary form, but it must be made clear to the Editor on submission that this is the case. Publication of an abstract at a meeting does not preclude later submission of the full article to a UNAV-JMS journal Submissions containing material that has previously formed part of a PhD or other academic thesis which has been published according to the requirements of the institution awarding the qualification can also be considered.

    If an article is published and later found to be a duplicate (i.e. has been published before), we will contact the Authors and consider publishing a notice of redundant publication.

  • Research ethics and animal treatment

    Articles will be accepted only if they are considered ethically sound in the judgement of the Editor.

    • For experiments involving human subjects, the committee approving the experiments should be identified and the research conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki). The Authors should confirm that informed consent was obtained from all subjects.

    • Authors should include details of animal welfare (such as species, number, gender, age, weight, housing conditions, welfare, training and the fate of the animals at the end of the experiment) and relevant details of steps taken to ameliorate suffering. These details should be included in the Methods section of the article. We strongly encourage all authors to comply with the 'Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments' (ARRIVE) guidelines. These have been developed by NC3Rs to improve standards of reporting to ensure that the data from animal experiments can be fully scrutinized and utilized. Relevant information should be included in the appropriate section of the article, as outlined in the ARRIVE guidelines.

    • Articles describing work with animals will be accepted only if the procedures used are clearly described and conform to the legal requirements of the country in which the work was carried out and to all institutional guidelines. A brief statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the experiments must be included at the end of the article.

    • Research relating to animal behaviour must follow the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour / Animal Behavior Society Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research (Animal Behaviour, 2006, 71, 245-253) published on the Animal Behaviour website, the legal requirements of the country in which the work was carried out, and all institutional guidelines.

    • Referees are invited to express any ethical concerns regarding animal experimentation, human studies, conservation issues or potential risk of misuse or maltreatment of animals.

  • Editorial standards and processes

    Peer-review systems

    We do all we can to ensure the peer-review process is fair and we aim to minimize bias.

    • All papers submitted to UNAV-JMS journal are peer-reviewed in a single-blind fashion (Author names are not concealed, but Referee names are).

    • For submissions the Guest Editor manages the review process and is encouraged to seek at least two Referees for each paper.

    • If discussions between an Author, Editor, and Referee have taken place in confidence they will remain in confidence unless explicit consent has been given by all parties or there are exceptional circumstances.

    • Editors or board members are never involved in editorial decisions about their own work and in these cases papers may be referred to other Editors or the Editor-in-chief.


    Authors have a right to appeal editorial decisions.

    • The author should submit the grounds for their appeal to the Editorial Office, addressed to the Editor. Authors are discouraged from directly contacting Editorial Board Members and Editors with appeals.

    • Following an appeal, all editorial decisions are final.

    • Editors will mediate all exchanges between Authors and Referees during the peer-review process (i.e. prior to publication). If agreement cannot be reached, Editors may consider inviting comments from additional Referee(s) if appropriate.

    Standards of accuracy

    We have a duty to publish corrections or other notifications when errors could affect the interpretation of data or information.

    A ‘correction' is normally used when a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading. A ‘retraction' (notification of invalid results) will be issued if work is proven to be fraudulent or as a result of a significant but honest error. Other variants include 'expression of concern' (notification where the validity of the results are in doubt), ‘notice of redundant publication' (the same work has published in more than one article unnecessarily) and ‘addendum' (provides additional information or clarification).

    To remain consistent with the version of record, the original article is not changed or removed, but is clearly marked as corrected/retracted etc.

    The UNAV-JMS participates in the CrossMark initiative which identifies the most recent version of an article and alerts readers to notifications such as corrections or retractions.

    Open criticism and debate

    We encourage academic debate and constructive criticism of the research published in our journal.

    • We invite Authors to respond to any editorial correspondence before publication. Authors do not have a right to veto unfavorable comments about their work, but they may choose not to respond to criticisms. Any appeals must be dealt with according to 4.3 above.

    • No referee comment or published correspondence may contain a personal attack on any of the Authors. Criticism of the work (not the researcher) is encouraged and Editors should edit (or reject) personal or offensive statements.

  • Data and material sharing

    To allow others to verify and build on the work published in UNAV-JMS it is a condition of publication that authors make available the data and research materials supporting the results in the article.

  • Content availability and open access

    The UNAV-JMS is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research outputs and all articles published herein are open access. Such articles are covered by a Creative Commons license allowing redistribution and re-use, and we deposit them in PubMedCentral on the author's behalf.

  • Plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property

    A definition of plagiarism from the Office of Research Integrity:

    Plagiarism includes both the theft or misappropriation of intellectual property and the substantial unattributed textual copying of another's work. It does not include authorship or credit disputes. The theft or misappropriation of intellectual property includes the unauthorized use of ideas or unique methods obtained by a privileged communication, such as a grant or manuscript review.

    Author conduct and copyright

    Lagal advice: http://www.unav.edu/en/aviso-legal

    By submitting to the UNAV-JMS journal the submitting author agrees on behalf of all authors that:

    • the work is original, has not previously been published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

    • you have obtained permission to use any material which has been sourced from third parties (e.g. illustrations, photographs, charts or maps), and the terms granted agree with our requirements (whether open access or not)

    Referee conduct and intellectual property

    Authors are entitled to expect that Referees or other individuals privy to the work an author submits to a journal will not steal their research ideas or plagiarize their work.

    • We require all Referees to treat submitted material in confidence until it has been published.

    • Any allegations of theft or plagiarism must be substantiated and will be treated seriously.

    • Even if Referee identities are revealed, we will discourage authors from contacting referees directly if misconduct is suspected.

  • Media embargo

    The main findings of articles should not have been reported in the mass media prior to publication. We employ a strict embargo policy where the reporting of a scientific article by the media is embargoed until a specific time. Posting of preprints on arXiv, bioRxiv and PeerJ PrePrints is permitted under this policy.