Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Ecological cycles are the various self-regulating processes that recycle the earth's limited resources - water, carbon, nitrogen, and other elements - that are essential to sustain life. The Eco Cycle strategy is based on these processes and is aimed at bringing about a society with non-toxic and resource-efficient cycles. Understanding how local cycles fit into global cycles is essential to make the best possible management decisions to maintain ecosystem health and productivity for now and the future. The European Ecocycles Society has been created by researchers studying these cycles, and the goal of this journal is to publish scientific results in this field.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Written by one of the editors without restrictions in size, subject, or style.

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Aquaponic Corner

Specific, science-centered opinions and comments on the new, ecocycle-based food production technology of aquaponics are published in this section. Full papers on the subject will be assigned to sections ART and REV.

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Articles

Standard academic articles on all issues around ecological cycles. Articles should usually be:

- between 4,000 and 8,000 words (not including references);

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Review Articles

Reviews of policy, technical, regional, or other developments in ecological cycles will be considered by the Editors. They should:

- usually be between 2000 and 5000 words in length (not including references);

- aim to summarise and critique developments in a particular area;

- not be overly theoretical in nature;

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are

- selected for publication that are pertinent to material published in Ecocycles or that discuss problems of general interest.

- Letters are always reviewed.

- Those selected for publication are intended to reflect the range of opinions received.

- The author of a paper in question is usually given an opportunity to reply.

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Policy Papers

In this Section policy issues are evaluated and discussed

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News and Announcements

We are accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for our general issues.

Ecocycles is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic, academic journal on ecological cycles. The editorial board is made up of leading international scholars spanning diverse disciplines.

We are particularly interested in specific articles that have a wide scope and take sustainability as a central issue in their approach.

Ecocycles publishes electronically twice a year, in January and August. We accept submissions of papers, interviews, and book reviews on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Authors should carefully review the Online Submission and Author Guidelines before submitting their work.

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Book and Media Reviews

Ecocycles generally commissions reviews. If you wish to be considered as a book reviewer, or want to suggest a book for review, please contact the Editor in Chief. The review should:

- be no more than 2000 words in length (not including references);

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Errata

Short correction of a published text will be accepted.

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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to ECOCYCLES are reviewed by the experts in the particular field and peer review judgements have to be as objective as the manuscript's subject allows. Manuscripts are evaluated confidentially, exclusively on the basis of the paper's scientific merit. ECOCYCLES adopts the single blind review process. The decision on the manuscript is based on two or more reviews. Reviewers are expected to identify uncited relevant work(s), and point out the overall strengths and weaknesses of the articular and any particular weaknesses that may be present. Throughout the review process the anonymity of the referees should be preserved.

During the review international standards are followed: manuscripts are read by the Editor in Chief who decides whether the submission complies with the formal requirements and is within the scope of ECOCYCLES. If yes, he assigns an Editor who is rsponsible for the review process. The Editor selects the reviewers (at least two anonymous professionals). The Editor assesses the reviewers' evaluations and discusses them with the Editor in Chief. Editors communicate with the authors, and make the decision of acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscript.

Plagiarism
The Editorials of ECOCYCLES have a "zero tolerance on plagiarism" policy. Plagiarism issues are checked by the reviewers and by the online Dupli Checker (duplichecker.com) tool.

 

Publication Frequency

Ecocycles will begin by publishing two issues a year aiming to become a quarterly journal. Individual papers will be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. LICENCE: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

 

Archiving

Publications of the journal are also reposited in REAL (repository of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Index Copernicus International.

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

ECOCYCLES is committed to ethical standards. The editors of ECOCYCLES work hard to guarantee an unbiased, transparent, and fair peer review process and editorial decisions.

The publication ethics and publication malpractice statement of ECOCYCLES is based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). Our journal endorses the position statements developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010 for editors and authors (readable at http://publicationethics.org/resources/international-standards-for-editors-and-authors). The process ECOCYCLES follows ensures that the Journal complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (https://publicationethics.org/files/Principles_of_Transparency_and_Best_Practice_in_Scholarly_Publishingv2.pdf).

Authors and publication. Authors of ECOCYCLES are expected to observe high standards in publication ethics: no plagiarism, no publication of the same research in different journals, no duplication in the contribution of the authors and/or no misappropriation of the works of other authors are allowed. Claims of unethical conduct will be examined first with the corresponding author of the paper. In case of absence of agreement, the case will be reported to the institution of the author and funding agencies for further action.

Responsibilities of the authors. Authors are expected to take part in the complete peer review process. All authors are expected to contribute significantly to the research presented in the manuscript, and all data in the manuscript should be scientifically determined. Authors should take the reviewers' comments and suggestions seriously and address them fully.

The peer review process and responsibilities of the reviewers. Manuscripts submitted to ECOCYCLES are reviewed by the experts in the particular field and peer review judgements have to be as objective as the manuscript's subject allows. The reviewers are expected to evaluate the articles exclusively on the basis of the paper's scientific merit, regardless to citizenship, ethnic origin, gender, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or political orientation of the authors. Reviewers are expected to treat the reviewed manuscript confidentially. They should not have a conflict of interest regarding the authors, the research, and/or the funders of the research. ECOCYCLES adopts the blind review process. In most cases, the decision on the manuscript is based on two or more reviews. Reviewers are expected to identify uncited relevant work(s), and point out the overall strengths and weaknesses of the articular and any particular weaknesses that may be present. Throughout the review process the anonymity of the referees should be preserved. Before finishing the review the Review Form needs to be filled in, and the reviewers are expected to suggest a decision on the acceptability of the paper for publication.

Responsibilities of the editors. The editors of ECOCYCLES have full authority and responsibility to decide the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. They should not have a conflict of interest regarding the manuscripts, and are expected to be reasonably certain of its authenticity. If problems are identified, the editors will communicate with the authors and present the need of modifications and/or corrections in the article.

Publication ethics issues. Publication ethics issues will be continuously monitored and safeguarded by the editors of ECOCYCLES. Whenever necessary, ECOCYCLES will be willing to publish errata, clarifications, corrections, and apologies, provided that neither fraudulent data nor plagiarism will be published.

 

Informed Consent

Authors, editors, reviewers, and readers have a right to their privacy and it cannot be violated without informed consent. Authors should protect their co-authors' right to privacy by requesting written consent from them in order to include their ideas and results, before submission. Personal details on cultural background, ethnicity, race, ethnicity, religion, or cultural background of a person are not to be discussed. The informed consent form/agreement should be available at the submitting author to be presented if necessary.

 

Human and Animal Rights

Humans: In case the article covers studies performed on human subjects, authors should adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki principles of 1975 (as revised in 2000 and 2008) and show whether the methodologies used were in accordance with the ethical standards therein. Any possible negative outcomes of the study for ecosystems, populations, or individual organisms must be evaluated as regards to the possible advances in knowledge and its practical usefulness.

Animals: In case the study involved animals, authors should indicate whether relevant international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were conducted accordingly. All animal work must specifically require authors to include details of animal welfare (such as species, number, gender, age, weight, housing conditions, welfare, training and the fate of the animals at the end of the experiment) and relevant details of steps taken to ameliorate suffering in all work. For studies involving client-owned animals, author(s) must possess (and attach) a document of informed client consent and adhere to a high standard (best practise) of veterinary care. These details should be included in the Materials and methods section of the article.

 

Public Interest Statement

Public interest statement (optional but recommended). In order to increase the impact of their research authors may give a description (up to 150 words in length) of their work in a language that is easily understandable for the general public.

 

Complaint Policy

How to make a complaint. Complaints about editorial content in ECOCYCLES should be made as soon as possible after publication, preferably in writing by email to the Associate Editor (Dr. Sandor Nemethy) at sandor@gvc.gu.se. Please write your complaint with journal title, vol. no., issue no., paper title, and page no. In your complaint letter please describe clearly the nature of the complaint and the circumstances, the name of the person who is the subject of the complaint, and/or the product or the services which are subject of the complaint.

Policy for handling complaints. If ECOCYCLES receives a complaint that any contribution to the Journal infringes intellectual property rights or contains material inaccuracies, or otherwise unlawful materials, the Journal will investigate the complaint in good faith whether to remove the allegedly wrongful material. ECOCYCLES will document its investigation and decision. The Editor in Chief will make every endeavor to put matters right as soon as possible in the most appropriate way, offering right of reply where necessary. We welcome your complaint as it will provide an opportunity and a spur for improvement, and we aim to respond to your complaint quickly, courteously, and constructively. We will address it by following the best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing.

 

Errata, Retractions, Expressions of Concern

ECOCYCLES will publish corrections (errata) when errors could affect the interpretation of data or information, whatever the cause of the error (i.e. arising from author errors or from editorial mistake). Likewise, ECOCYCLES will publish ‘retractions’ if work is proven to be fraudulent or plagiarism or will published ‘expressions of concern’ if editors have well-founded suspicions of misconduct.

 

Advertising Policy

ECOCYCLES does not publish advertisements.

 

Publication Fees

Publication in ECOCYCLES is free, without article processing charges and article submission charges.