Publication Ethics Statement
Acta Edulis Fungi (AEF) upholds high standards of publication ethics and is committed to maintaining ethical codes of conduct in academic publishing. In accordance with the guidelines established by the International Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), all parties involved in the publication of academic articles, including authors, peer reviewers, editors, and publishers, shall work together to adhere to the following codes of ethical conduct:
Ethical Obligations for Authors
1) Submitted manuscripts must be original works that the major content and key elements have never been published before, and the manuscript has not been concurrently submitted to other journals.
2) No plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), and bibliography information shall be clearly annotated in references.
3) The research data shall be true and reliable, and no fabrication or falsification of the original data (including pictures) is allowed.
4) Authors of a manuscript should be substantial contributors to the investigation, and share duty and accountability for the results. Corresponding authors must obtain authorization and consent from all authors, and no signature disputes or conflicts of interest before submitting the manuscript.
5) The submitted manuscript shall include funding information; the person or unit that has supported or helped the publication of the paper shall be clearly stated in the acknowledgement.
Ethical Obligations for Peer Reviewers
1) Reviewers shall follow the principles of fairness, impartiality, confidentiality and timeliness in evaluating manuscripts and giving responsible review comments to provide reference for the editorial office's decision making; they shall offer clear revision comments to help authors improve the quality of their manuscripts.
2) Reviewers shall be alert to opinion errors, falsified data and plagiarism, and report to the editorial office in time once the above situation is found. Do not contact the authors directly.
3) Evaluate manuscripts objectively, without prejudice or discrimination against the authors' institutions, geography, seniority, ethnicity, etc.
4) In case of conflict of interest or shared benefits between the reviewer and the authors, the reviewer shall promptly report to the editorial office and recuse himself/herself from reviewing the manuscript.
5) Reviewers shall review the manuscript in a timely manner, and notify the editorial office in time if they cannot return their review comments within the agreed deadline. Reviewers may recommend reviewers but shall not delegate their students, colleagues, etc. to review on their behalf.
6) Reviewers shall not disclose or use the data, opinions, or conclusions of the reviewed manuscript.
Ethical Obligations for Editors
1) Editors shall handle each manuscript in a fair, impartial and timely manner, ensuring that manuscripts that pass the initial review are scheduled for peer review in a timely manner, and that decisions on acceptance or rejection are made based on the scientific merit, innovation, and usefulness of the manuscript and whether it meets the purpose and scope of the journal.
2) Editors shall keep information of authors and reviewers strictly confidential.
3) When selecting reviewers, editors shall first confirm reviewer identity and then select them based on their research areas and expertise, and whether there is a conflict of interest or co-benefit with the authors; avoid reviewers being in the same unit as the authors, and do not select authors as reviewers.
4) Editors shall provide feedback to authors on expert reviews timely; coordinate academic discussions and communications between authors and reviewers; respect authors' views and style of writing, and seek authors' consent for any critical changes made to manuscripts regarding academic views.
5) Editor are obliged to eliminate academic misconducts such as falsehood, plagiarism, multiple submissions and repeated publication, and once found, withdraw the published paper and publish a statement.
6) Eliminate all commercial acts and benefit exchanges that are detrimental to academic ethics.
Ethical Obligations for Publishers
AEF only publishes original papers. If a manuscript that has been accepted is found to have academic misconduct, it will be rejected and the author's unit and the relevant journal will be notified; if a published paper is found to have academic misconduct, it will be withdrawn and a withdrawal statement will be published.