Principles of Transparency Checklist

Below we provide a "Principles of Transparency Checklist" for our journal.
Peer review process
All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not. Final article PDFs contain a description of the peer review process (internal or external) and provenance (commissioned or non commissioned) for that article. Peer review is double blind within our journal. Every original article is peer reviewed by a minimum of two external experts and one member of the editorial board. In all cases the manuscript is also reviewed by at one Editor-in-Chief. Letters to the Editor and Editorials are peer reviewed internally. All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not (internally vs. externally peer reviewed). All articles have a specific provenance and peer review tab (commissioned vs. non commissioned).

Authors may suggest external reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle double blind peer review at its discretion. Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents.

External peer reviewers are requested to report on the ethical aspects of the manuscript they are allocated to review and are requested to report also on the novelty, the impact, the statistical analysis, references and potential conflicts of interest. A specific peer review form is provided with closed and open based questions so as to rate the manuscript and provide comments.
Reviewers are also requested to consider the following, should they proceed with a review for the journal:
  • According to COPE, reviewers are strictly suggested not to contact the authors directly without the permission of the journal.
  • In case of active collaboration with the authors of a manuscript, reviewers are suggested to not proceed with a review as this raises concerns on potential conflict of interest and journal credibility may be at stake.
  • Discrimination based on non-scientific criteria is clearly unacceptable (e.g. gender or nationality).
Governing Body
Our journal has an editorial board whose members are recognized leading experts in the area of toxicology and public health, at a regional and international level. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors are provided from the Editorial Board page. The editorial board is the final governing body of the journal.

Editorial team/contact information
We provide the full names and affiliations of the journal's editors as well as full address and contact information for the editorial office and the publisher, under the Contact us tab.

Author fees
In Public Health and Toxicology there are no fees or any Article Processing Charges required for manuscript processing and/or publishing material in the journal.

Copyright is clearly described on the journal's web site, and licensing terms are indicated on all published PDFs.
Authors submitting their work to Public Health and Toxicology retain the copyright of their work without restrictions.
The default license for articles published in Public Health and Toxicology is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC 4.0). Each article abstract and summary, as available on the website, has a dedicated “license” tab with a direct link to the licensing requirements of that article.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Both the publishers and the Editors of the journal take affirmative action to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. All authors are requested to complete and upload ICMJE conflict of interest forms. All manuscripts undergo Ithenticate plagiarism detection after each round of peer review. In the event that the journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - COPE's guidelines will be followed when dealing with allegations.

Ownership and management
The journal is operated and managed by European Publishing. All content is published under the CC-BY-NC 4.0 international license, which means that the authors retain ownership of the content of their manuscript.

Web site
Our journal's web site has been developed with care so as to ensure high ethical and professional standards. Constant updating is performed to enhance website utility, ease navigation and maintain the information available as the most recent.

The Name of journal
The Journal name, Public Health and Toxicology is unique and can not be confused with any of the other journals in the field.

Conflicts of interest
We have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers - all are requested to either complete ICMJE forms or declare no conflict of interest. The Authorship & COI tab provides further information.

Public Health and Toxicology is freely available to readers with no subscription or pay per view fees. The number of direct downloads for each article are noted next to the article's abstract.

Revenue sources
There are no Article Processing Charges or any related subscriptions or costs. Journal development has been co financed through Greece and the European Union by the European Regional Development Fund (ELEVATE GREECE).

The journal accepts selected advertisements. The aim of this policy is to ensure that the content of advertising in the journal serves the best interests of the readers.
1) Advertisements must be legal, decent and accurate and must comply with the relevant laws and regulations.
2) Readers should immediately be able to distinguish between advertising and editorial content.
3) The journal accepts advertising for products and services that are of interest to users in their personal, as well as professional lives.
4) The journal does not allow advertising to influence editorial decisions.
5) Advertising is subject to strict editorial oversight. Advertising may be refused if it is judged by editors to be in perceived or potential breach of any of the above points.

Publishing schedule
The publishing schedule for our journal is quarterly (4 issues per year).

To ensure digital preservation for the future, our electronic publications are archived with Portico. Portico is a third-party preservation service supported by both libraries and publishers to ensure that scholarly content published in electronic form will remain accessible for the long term.

Direct marketing
We do not engage in direct solicitation of articles. To us, the best promotion of a journal is through the maintenance of high standards, quality manuscripts and vigorous double-blind peer review. In cases of very prominent researchers in the field, the journal does send one-to-one personal invitations for commissioned manuscripts or guest editorials. In this event, the manuscript/editorial will be noted as "commissioned" in the footnote of the pdf and in HTML format.

Repository policy
The journal's open access policy is registered under Sherpa Romeo, an online resource that aggregates and presents publisher and journal open access policies from around the world.
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