The process for publication misconduct begins by asking the author’s for an explanation regarding the misconduct. If the author’s do not respond or if the response is unsatisfactory, then the manuscript will be rejected for publication or will be retracted if it has been published.

Strict action will be taken against author’s which includes blacklisting them and informing their head of institution as well banning them from future submissions.

Other forms of publication misconduct such as falsification, duplication, multiple submission, deliberately misleading content and selective referencing are all subject to strict action.