Resources for Authors
WFL Publisher publishes journals, books and related publications. Through online subscription, our subscribers, the scientific community and general public can get unlimited free access; also, there is an immediate access to all contents after online publication. This implies that WFL Publisher does not generate income from selling subscriptions to print or the online versions of our journals. Therefore, WFL Publisher pays for production costs by collecting article processing charges (APC) from authors' institutes or research funding bodies.
We believe our policy is in the best interests of students, scientist, researcher and the scientific community at large.
All publications are online as there will not be anymore printed copies.
Submit a book or textbook proposal
Intended books should be thorough, high level, and focused both in development and research. You can send details and proposal of your topics in the below listed format by email or regular mail.
- Aims and scope of the book
- Chapter titles & proposed contents
- List of contributors
- Proposed time-frame
Publishing a book or a textbook
Once the proposal of a book is accepted, the editor and/ or authors or co-authors will be required go through the terms and conditions after which they will prepare to provide any additional information. The editor and/or authors or co-authors would follow the writing instructions strictly and carefully (here) by double checking the content before final submission. All authors and co-authors will submit a copyright form allowing publication of their book / textbook/ magazine / booklet / dissertation/ work report/ etc. with WFL Publisher Ltd.
WFL Publisher will sign a contract with the book editor before the work commences.
We look forward to reading your ideas and research work!
Propose a new journal
New journal proposals are welcome.
Publish in a Journal
Start the submission process! It could be a:
- Research article (full-length)
- Review article
- Short communications
- Letters to the Editors Views/ Opinions
Correspondence section (reports on seminars, workshops etc.)
Before submitting your reports on seminar and workshop with us, make sure to send your manuscript to at least two external parties for a comprehensive review. Include the names and email addresses of these reviewers in your manuscript. Once they have finished:
- Send us an email with a short abstract of your article along with the full version of the article as word document or rich format.
- Please include all tables and photos in the body of the text.
- DO NOT scan figures or tables, use the originals
- Please use 300 dpi to 600 dpi when scanning photos
Publication Policies and Ethics
It is very essential that an article is peer-reviewed before publication. This is necessary development for its coherence and cohesiveness so as to carry intellectual respect. It is a direct reflection of quality work by the authors and respective publication house. Peer-reviewed articles entail the embodiment of a well-crafted scientific method of article publication based on the network of knowledge. It is therefore pertinent to agree on certain expected ethical modus operandi for all parties involved: the author, editor, peer reviewer, the publisher and the society in general.
Duties of Editors
- Publication decision
- Fair play
- Disclosure and Conflicts of interest
- Involvement and cooperation in investigations
- Providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts
- Providing a clear statement of the Journal’s policies on authorship criteria
- Treating all authors with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, honesty, and transparency
- Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, staff (i.e. editorial and sales), authors, and reviewers
- Protecting the confidentiality of every author’s work
- Establishing a system for effective and rapid peer review
- Making editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicating them in a clear and constructive manner
- Being vigilant in avoiding the possibility of editors and/or referees delaying a manuscript for suspect reasons
- Establishing clear guidelines for authors regarding acceptable practices for sharing experimental materials and information, particularly those required to replicate the research, before and after publication
- Establishing a procedure for reconsidering editorial decisions
- Describing, implementing, and regularly reviewing policies for handling ethical issues and allegations or findings of misconduct by authors and anyone involved in the peer review process
- Informing authors of solicited manuscripts that the submission will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard procedures or outlining the decision-making process if it differs from those procedures
- Developing mechanisms, in cooperation with the publisher, to ensure timely publication of accepted manuscripts
- Clearly communicating all other editorial policies and standards
- Assigning papers for review appropriate to each reviewer’s area of interest and expertise
- Establishing a process for reviewers to ensure that they treat the manuscript as a confidential document and complete the review promptly
- Informing reviewers that they are not allowed to make any use of the work described in the manuscript or to take advantage of the knowledge they gained by reviewing it before publication
- Providing reviewers with written, explicit instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, quality, and timeliness of their reviews to promote thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work
- Requesting that reviewers identify any potential conflicts of interest and asking that they recuse themselves if they cannot provide an unbiased review
- Allowing reviewers appropriate time to complete their reviews
- Requesting reviews at a reasonable frequency that does not overtax any one reviewer
- Finding ways to recognize the contributions of reviewers, for example, by publicly thanking them in the journal; providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion; offering professional education credits; or inviting them to serve on the editorial board of the journal
Duties of Reviewers
- Contribution to Editorial Decision
- Standards of Objectivity
- Acknowledgement of Source
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
- Providing written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work, together with the documented basis for the reviewer’s opinion
- Indicating whether the writing is clear, concise, and relevant and rating the work’s composition, scientific accuracy, originality, and interest to the journal’s readers
- Maintaining the confidentiality of the review process: not sharing, discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed paper
- Notifying the editor immediately if unable to review in a timely manner and providing the names of potential other reviewers
- Alerting the editor about any potential personal or financial conflict of interest and declining to review when a possibility of a conflict exists
- Complying with the editor’s written instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, and quality of the review
- Providing a thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work, which may include supplementary material provided to the journal by the author
- Determining scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work; indicating ways to improve it; and recommending acceptance or rejection using whatever rating scale the editor deems most useful
- Noting any ethical concerns, such as any violation of accepted norms of ethical treatment of animal or human subjects or substantial similarity between the reviewed manuscript and any published paper or any manuscript concurrently submitted to another journal which may be known to the reviewer
- Refraining from direct author contact
- Ensuring that the methods are adequately detailed to allow the reader to judge the scientific merit of the study design and be able to replicate the study, if desired
- Ensuring that the article cites all relevant work by other scientists
Duties of Authors
- Reporting standards
- Data Access and Retention
- Originality and Plagiarism
- Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
- Acknowledgement of Sources
- Authorship of the Paper
- Hazards on Human or Animal Subjects
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
- Fundamental errors in published works
Duties of the Publisher
WFL Publisher is committed to ensuring that advertisement, reprint or any other commercial revenue does not directly or indirectly impact or influence editorial decisions. WFL will help in communications where this is useful and necessary for editors.
Authors must properly refer and cite all research, text, graphs, data, and photos used in writing their articles. Reproducing someone else’s work or your own without citation and credit to the original owner is unacceptable and prohibited. All publications that influences and supports another the author’s publication must be properly referenced. You are totally responsible for any plagiarism and you could be facing legal action (in agreement). The peer review process is the heart of the success of any scientific publication. As part of our commitment to the protection and integrity of the peer review process, WFL has an obligation to assist the scientific community in maintaining ethical norms for publication, more especially in suspected areas of duplication or plagiarism.
Any contributions gotten, should be cited correctly to the appropriate party. All individuals who contributed significantly must be acknowledged. All publications should have a list of all academic and corporate affiliations of the respected contributors and thus:
- Identification of authors and other contributors is the responsibility of the people who did the work (the researchers) not the people who publish the work (editors, publishers). Researchers should determine which individuals have contributed sufficiently to the work to warrant identification as an author.
- Individuals who contributed to the work but whose contributions were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant authorship should be identified by name in an acknowledgments section.
- All individuals who qualify for authorship or acknowledgment should be identified. Conversely, every person identified as an author or acknowledged contributor should qualify for these roles.
- Individuals listed as authors should review and approve the manuscript before publication.
- Editors should require authors and those acknowledged to identify their contributions to the work and make this information available to readers.
- The ultimate reason for identification of authors and other contributors is to establish accountability for the reported work.
Any competing interests that might potentially influence the equality, integrity, or perceived value of publication must be stated. Editors should try to be fair and impartial in handling their policies. They can achieve this if all persons involved in the peer-review process reports all conflicts and give room to the Editor to deliberate on how it should be dealt with. It is good to appreciate the fact that an Editor and/or reviewer cannot be partial while having issues of conflict of interest. With the understanding that any competing interest would jeopardize the journal’s repute, shunning even the idea of conflict of interest should be important.
All funding received by the authors for work and publication must be stated in the publication.
WFL Publisher’s ethical policy is in line with the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. All results and conclusions concerning a research work must be authentic and accurate. False data presentation can mislead future researchers and will be detrimental to upcoming analysis.
Peer Review Policy
A peer review assesses the quality of the research and we strive to maintain a strict standard for all our reviewers. Any peer review in an attempt to confirm misleading information with the intent to deceive the public will not be tolerated. Our peer review process is confidential and reviewer’s identities will remain classified.
Selective reporting, forgery of data and false production with the intent of misleading or deceit is not unacceptable and very unethical. Using data from other works without proper citation is also intolerable. Research should remain open to further reviews and analysis for accuracy and checks by outside parties with an exception that the document should have to preserve privacy and patent protection.
An institutional or national research committee must be first approved any human related studies in accordance with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Standards and other Amendments. All other studies not based on the earlier stated accordance must explain and prove their accordance to other independent ethics committees.
And also, any studies involving animals must be approved by the research ethics committee at the location where the studies were conducted. Respecting the welfare of animals and strictly adhere to all international and institutional guidelines.
Authors who submit multiple copies of the same manuscript to different publishers will not be considered and are not welcomed at WFL Publisher.
Duplicate submission / publication and redundant publication
Duplicate submission / publication: This refers to the practice of submitting the same study to two journals or the publication of more or less the same study in two journals. These submissions/publications can either be concurrent or years later.
Redundant publication (also described as ‘salami publishing’): refers to a situation where that one study is split into several parts and submitted to two or more journals or the article has either been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification. “Self-plagiarism” is considered a form of redundant publication. It concerns recycling or borrowing content from previous work without citation. This practice is widespread and might be unintentional. The author has to be transparent in the use of previously published work and must provide the necessary information to make an assessment on whether it is deliberate or unintentional.
Note! Translations of articles without proper permission or notification and resubmission of previously published Open Access articles are considered duplications.
Data fabrication / data falsification
Data fabrication: This concerns the making up of research findings.
Data falsification: Manipulating research data with the intention of giving a false impression. This includes manipulating images (e.g. micrographs, gels, radiological images), removing outliers or “inconvenient” results, changing, adding or omitting data points, etc.
With regard to image manipulation it is allowed to technically improve images for readability. Proper technical manipulation refers to adjusting the contrast and/or brightness or color balance if it is applied to the complete digital image (and not parts of the image). Any technical manipulation by the author should be notified in the cover letter to the Journal Editor upon submission. Improper technical manipulation refers to obscuring, enhancing, deleting and/or introducing new elements into an image. Generally, if an author’s figures are questionable, it is suggested to request the original data from the authors.
Undeclared conflict of interest (CoI)
A conflict of interest is a situation in which financial or other personal considerations from authors or reviewers have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity. Authors and reviewers should declare all conflicts of interest relevant to the work under consideration (i.e. relationships, both financial and personal, that might interfere with the interpretation of the work) to avoid the potential for bias.
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