Acta Pedologica Sinica is oriented towards dissemination of the latest research findings in soil science and promotion of the development of soil science, and committed to serving the researches on soil science, adhering to the principle of always placing academic quality on the top, reflecting latest research findings in the various disciplines of soil science. This journal pays high attention to academic ethics, promotes innovative spirit, safeguards academic integrity, boycotts academic misconducts, strengthens the formation of its editorial and reviewing staff and adheres to the professional ethics of the publication.
Responsibility for the Authors
As an author, he/she should promise that the content in the manuscript be true and reliable, free of any academic misconducts (such as plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, inappropriate authorship, duplicate submission/multiple submission or overlapping publications, etc.) and in compliance with the requirements of relevant rules and policies, then the bibliography information should be clearly annotated in the references. All authors should be contributors to the work, there’s no dispute in the author order, the correspondence author should ensure that publication of the paper be authorized by the other authors. When authors discover any errors in their own papers, all authors are obliged to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. With respect to conflicts of interest, authors should declare any conflicts of interest that relate to papers accepted for publication in our journal.
Responsibility for the Reviewers
This journal adopts a peer review system in processing manuscripts. The reviewing experts are to review manuscripts scientifically, scrupulously, objectively and fairly, and report to the editorial board if multi-submission, misconceptions, intellectual errors, suspected plagiarism or fabrication is found with a manuscript. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. The reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
Responsibility for the Editors and Editorial Board
The editor will be guided by COPE’s guidelines for retracting articles when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concerns, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in our journal. Editors should preserve anonymity of reviewers.
The editorial board should follow the objective and requirements of the journal, process manuscripts objectively and fairly, encourages discussion and contention between different academic viewpoints, and choose excellent theses that are up to the requirements of the journal for publication. Prior to publication of the paper that has passed the review, the editorial board should sign a copyright transfer agreement with the author of the paper, in line with the “Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China” so as to safeguard the rights of the author and the publisher. The editorial board will invite experts or use the “Misconduct Literature Detection System (AMLC)” to screen and check the manuscripts so as to prevent the existence of any potential academic misconduct in the journal. Editorial board should preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards. Editorial board has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
Handling of Academic Misconducts
The editorial board will send the manuscript back to the author once validated evidence is found indicating that it involves a certain kind of academic misconduct and inform the author, or the research team or institution he/she is affiliated to according to nature of the misconduct. In case academic misconduct is found with an already published paper in the journal, the editorial board will publish a statement in the journal or its website, announcing repeal of the paper involved and delete all the data related to the paper from all the related databases, so as to terminate the dissemination of the paper. Meanwhile, the board will issue a letter of admonishment to the author or inform the institution he/she is affiliated to of the issue according to the nature of the misconduct.