The Biological Journal of Armenia (BJOA) is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and ethical practices in scientific publishing. We are committed to maintaining a fair and unbiased review process, protecting the rights of authors and readers, and promoting responsible research conduct. The following policies and guidelines govern our publication ethics:
1. Plagiarism and Originality
Plagiarism in any form is strictly prohibited. Authors must ensure that their submissions are original and properly acknowledge the work and ideas of others. All manuscripts are subjected to plagiarism detection software, and any suspected cases of plagiarism will be investigated thoroughly. If plagiarism or redundant publication is detected, appropriate actions, including rejection of the manuscript and possible notification of the author's institution, will be taken.
2. Reuse of materials
BJOA allows the inclusion of content which first appeared in an author’s thesis. The inclusion of such material should be mentioned in the Acknowledgements section of the paper. Papers and abstracts first appeared as conference papers or proceedings must be sufficiently extended to fulfill original work criteria.
2. Authorship and Contributions
BJOA adheres to the principles of authorship as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Authors should have made substantial contributions to the research and be able to take responsibility for the content of the manuscript. All individuals who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors, while others who have participated in certain aspects of the research should be acknowledged.
3. Conflict of Interest
Authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may influence their research or the interpretation of their results. These conflicts of interest may include financial relationships, affiliations, or personal beliefs that could be perceived as biased. It is the responsibility of the authors to provide such information during the submission process. Editors and reviewers are also expected to declare any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from handling manuscripts in which they have a conflict.
4. Review Process
The Biological Journal of Armenia follows a rigorous peer-review process. All submitted manuscripts undergo a thorough evaluation by independent experts in the field who provide constructive feedback to the authors. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise, and their identities remain anonymous to ensure unbiased assessment. Our review process is designed to maintain the confidentiality of both the authors and the reviewers.
5. Corrections, Retractions, and Errata
If errors or inaccuracies are identified in published articles, the Biological Journal of Armenia is committed to rectifying the situation promptly. Corrections, retractions, or errata will be published to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the scientific record. These actions will be taken if substantial errors, plagiarism, or ethical violations are discovered in the published work.
6. Data and Reproducibility
Authors are encouraged to provide the necessary data and details of their methodology to facilitate transparency and reproducibility of the research. Whenever possible, raw data should be made openly accessible, and relevant details of experimental protocols and statistical analysis should be included in the manuscript. The Biological Journal of Armenia supports the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles and encourages authors to adhere to these standards.
7. Copyright and Licensing
Authors retain the copyright of their published work in the Biological Journal of Armenia. By submitting their manuscripts, authors grant the journal a license to publish and distribute their articles. The journal follows an open-access policy, allowing unrestricted access to all published content. Readers are free to download, share, and reuse the articles, provided proper attribution is given to the authors and the journal.