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i. Authorship policy

Scientific journals published under UACh’s imprint require that all authors sign an individual or collective letter indicating the originality of the contribution (in each of the journal sites there is a Letter for Manuscript Submission) and the order in which the various authors will be listed in it. The journals consider that the content of the text submitted has been fully authorized by all the authors.

The corresponding author must ensure that the different authors have agreed to be co-authors and have approved the submission of the manuscript to the corresponding journal; he or she is responsible for managing all communications between the journal and the co-authors before, during and after publication. Modifications to the authorship list (change of order, deletion or addition of authors) must be approved by all the authors involved, making them known to the editor-in-chief of the journal involved.

The editors will accept communication with the co-authors only in cases of allegations of scientific misconduct or conflict of interest; at all times they will conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of the section on the resolution of inappropriate conduct. It is clear that the editors will not be responsible for investigating or resolving authorship disputes before, during and after publication. If the disagreements or disputes cannot be resolved among the authors, the editor shall restrict himself or herself to transferring the resolution to the institutional affiliation authority of the authors or to the relevant authority.

Journal editors assume that the corresponding author has accepted the responsibility of coordinating all actions corresponding to the contribution, including but not limited to: a) ensuring that the reported data are original, preserved and available for possible reproducibility, b) making sure that the submitted data are representative and a product of the original data, and c) where appropriate, facilitating the exchange of data, materials, algorithms or reagents described in the text.

ii. Contribution statement

Authors must include in the manuscript a statement of responsibility, clearly specifying the contribution of each author; review articles must also follow this guideline. It must be stated and identified at all times whether any part (data, images, algorithms and written text) has been previously published by all or some of the authors of the contribution or other authors, and provide written permission from the authors or publishers, as the case may be, for the use of such materials.

The corresponding author will receive the galley proof, taking responsibility for its review and with it the accuracy of all its content; in this review, the corresponding author must verify that the names of the co-authors are those who contributed to the manuscript and that they are correctly written, as well as check that affiliations and addresses are current. Journals will not make corrections once the corresponding author has given his or her final authorization, unless it is their own mistake.

iii. Confidentiality of the process

All actors in the evaluation, acceptance and final publication process must conduct themselves with the utmost confidentiality. Authors should assume that communication with the journal in question is confidential, including all correspondence with the journal, peer reviewer reports and other materials exchanged in the communication, none of which should be published on any website, blog or other virtual network.

iv. Duplicate publication

All contributions submitted to journals published by Autonomous Chapingo University must be original and must not have been sent to another journal simultaneously for possible publication, and must not have been published in any other journal. Duplicate publication is considered to occur when an author reuses substantial portions of his or her own work, without properly referencing the other document. Journals will deem a manuscript to have duplicate publication status if an identical work has been published in several journals (check the level of similarity).

v. Excessive self-citation

Authors should be careful in the use of self-citation. Although this is not precisely a reprehensible act, it is important that the author or authors moderate themselves in the use of self-citation. It is becoming unacceptable from the point of view of the contribution to knowledge and editorial policies.

Similarly, journal self-citations should also be limited. That is to say, in the publishing world it is punishable that articles published in X journal are cited excessively and unnecessarily in the same journal.

Authors should be careful in the use of self-citations. The main editors of the journals should take care that the use of self-references is appropriate, and in the case of deeming it excessive, they should invite the author or authors to remove them from their work. The reviewers must also monitor this situation and, if necessary, recommend the withdrawal of unnecessary self-references.