Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Natural Products and Biotechnology is an International Journal and only accepting English manuscripts.
Natural Products and Biotechnology publishes original research articles and review articles only and publishes twice a year. There is no fee for article submission, article processing, or publication processes.

For Publisher:

NatProBiotech, hakemli bir dergi olarak, yüksek kaliteli bilimsel bilgileri geniş bir kitleye etkili bir şekilde yaymayı amaçlar. Bilimsel bilgiyi ilerletmeye olan bağlılığı ile, dergi titizlikle değerlendirilmiş makalelerin yayımlanmasına odaklanır. Ayrıca, NatProBiotech, yayımlama süreci boyunca yazarların, editörlerin ve hakemlerin haklarını korumayı garanti eder.

For Editors:

Editors bear full responsibility for the assessment and ultimate publication decisions of articles submitted to the journal, while adhering to the journal's guidelines. If instances of copyright infringement or plagiarism are detected, editors have the authority to reject the article, consulting with the chief editor as necessary. Such rejections must be promptly communicated to the chief editor. To ensure a comprehensive review, each article must be assessed by a minimum of three expert reviewers; at least two of which should provide positive feedback for publication. Editors have the discretion to consult additional reviewers or solicit opinions from other experts, adhering to the highest standards of objectivity and rigor to eliminate the possibility of fraudulent reviews. Editors must uphold the journal’s policy of content impartiality, devoid of any bias based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, or political stance of the authors. All communications should be channeled through the journal's official system to maintain professionalism and confidentiality. Editors may seek guidance from the chief editor for complex cases, with decisions made accordingly. While editors must respect reviewer opinions, they can provide scientific context that neither compromises author identity nor violates journal policies. All sensitive correspondence, including feedback from reviewers and interactions with the chief editor, should remain confidential until a final decision on the article is reached. If an author has a conflict of interest with an editor or prefers that a specific editor not be involved, this should be communicated post-submission. Editors cannot be requested by authors they collaborate with. Should an editor contribute to an article, an alternative editor will be assigned. The chief editor retains the authority to reassign articles if there are concerns about the review process and handles all complaints up to the point of final article decision, following consultation with other editors.

For Referees:

Operating under a peer-review model, the referee process aims to safeguard the rights of both the author and the reviewer, adhering to journal policy. This model also ensures that submitted articles undergo impartial evaluation. Referees uncertain of their expertise on a particular article should decline the review. If competent, they should promptly complete the review to prevent journal delays. All documents received for accepted reviews are considered confidential, and referees must acknowledge this confidentiality. Referees bear responsibility for these documents and are prohibited from sharing them under any circumstances. Post-review, referees may utilize the scrutinized research only after obtaining explicit written consent from the author. Referees are not privy to the authors' identities until a final decision is made on the article. For scientific queries during the review process, referees may consult the responsible editor via the journal system. It's also the referee's responsibility to check the article's adherence to journal policies and to report any observed ethical issues to the chief and responsible editor. Using reviewed articles for personal gain is strictly forbidden. Should a similarity rate report be missing, referees can request this information. Impartiality is imperative, and any biased reviews are unacceptable. While referees may offer constructive comments and reasoning during their reviews, recommending citation of their own work should strictly be for scientific reasons, not personal gain. Should a referee recommend their own work to artificially inflate citation numbers, this should be reported to the chief or responsible editor.

For Authors:

Original Research Article

The author bears full accountability for the authenticity and integrity of the submitted article, encompassing its methods, results, discussions, and conclusions. Should an article containing fraudulent data be published, the author acknowledges that it will be retracted upon detection at any point in time. The author is responsible for all elements of the study, including data, results, discussions, evaluations, and references. Authors are obliged to retain all study data for at least two years, making it available upon request by the chief editor in the event of complaints or data verification needs. Citations must be provided for all referenced work, except in cases where the author has pioneered a procedure. The author must actively avoid plagiarism and be vigilant about contexts where plagiarism might occur. Content that may result in plagiarism or is ethically questionable falls under the author's responsibility, and the responsible editor may flag such issues to the chief editor. Any decision taken by the chief editor in such cases will be considered final. The submitted article should be exclusive to the journal; the author assumes responsibility for any violation of this exclusivity. If an article is found to have been submitted or published elsewhere, it will be rejected, and the author will be barred from submitting to the NatProBiotech journal for two years. During this period, any articles from the author will be automatically rejected without undergoing the referee process. If an author incorporates data from previously published work owned by them, they must disclose this to the responsible editor to ascertain potential plagiarism concerns. For articles derived from funded projects or grants, prior consent from other authors or contributors must be secured. The author should extend acknowledgments to those who contributed to the research but are not listed as authors, mentioning any grants or institutional support received. The absence of such support should also be stated in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are encouraged to disclose any conflicts of interest involving referees, organizations, or editors, in accordance with journal policy. Should the author discover significant scientific errors in the article, they are obligated to report it to the chief or responsible editor immediately. Following the chief editor's decision, the article may either be retracted or corrected. If an error is subsequently verified by a third party, the chief editor will hold the final say on the article's status, and the responsibility lies with the author. The author must present data in a transparent manner without any omissions or manipulations. All figures should be easily interpretable and tables must be comprehensive, including units. Manipulating data, tables, or figures is considered unethical conduct.

Review article

All responsibilities delineated for Original Research Articles also apply to Review Articles. The author assumes full responsibility for the originality, comprehensiveness, and accuracy of the review, which includes but is not limited to the methods of gathering literature, analysis of existing research, results, discussions, and conclusions. Any article containing fraudulent or misleading information will be subject to retraction if published and later detected.

Adding and Removing Authors

After the submission of an article, requests for adding or removing authors can be entertained for valid reasons until the article is published. However, it should be noted that NatProBiotech does not guarantee that such requests will be approved; the final decision rests solely with the chief editor. Once the article has entered the publication process, no further changes to the author list are permitted. Any request for author modification at this stage will not be considered, ensuring the integrity and accountability of the research work presented in the article.