This Page Provides General Information for Authors.

Submission Policy

Papers submitted to Biological and Chemical Research must contain original material. The submitted paper, or any translation of it, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review.

Contributions should be written in English and include a 100-300 words abstract. SSP usually welcome the following types of contributions:

• Original research articles
• Review articles, providing a comprehensive review on a scientific topic

General Peer-Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. This starts with a Plagiarism Check in the Editorial Office. A Handling Editor from the Editorial Board of the Journal (usually the Editor-in-Chief) together with the Editorial Office organizes the peer-review process. It starts with a Preliminary Review by the Handling Editor (finished no later than 7 days after manuscript submission).

If the manuscript is Accepted for Review, the Handling Editor collects at least two review comments and prepares a decision letter according to the comments of the reviewers (finished no later than 4 weeks after preliminary review). The decision letter is sent to the Corresponding Author who is asked for an adequate revision (peer-reviewed again whenever necessary).

Authors’ Rights

SSP asks authors to grant SSP a nonexclusive copyright. In this way authors continue to hold copyright with no restrictions. Based on its copyright SSP produces the final paper in SSP’s layout. This version is given to the public (and hence also back to the authors) under the Creative Commons license (CC BY or CC BY-NC). For this reason authors may also publish the final paper in any repository or on any website with a complete citation of the paper.

SSP Publication Ethics Statement

SSP is committed to maintaining high standards through a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, should be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance.

Authors should be aware of a possible Conflict of Interest. In such a case authors can still take responsibility for the accuracy of their paper, but must inform the reader with an appropriate statement in the Acknowledgements.

SSP Retraction Policy

SSP recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record. The historic record of published research articles shall remain available and unaltered as far as possible. However, circumstances may arise where a paper got published based on misconduct or honest error. Editors certainly guide the review process with much care, but it remains notoriously difficult to detect all occurrences of misconduct or error. For this reason it may become necessary to correct the scholarly record. The decision to alter the record should not be taken lightly. Action taken depends on the individual case and can take the form of
• Expression of Concern
• Correction (Erratum or Corrigendum)
• Retraction
• Removal
The purpose of the action is to correct the literature and to alert readers. It is not intended to punish the author(s).

The responsibility of guiding an investigation of misconduct or honest error is with the editor of the journal concerned. Authors and reviewers will take part in the investigation. The editor will decide on the form to best correct the scholarly record.

If final action originates from an author’s request, the author will not be charged for it. If the measures taken (e.g. a retraction) were not initiated by the author(s) or are even taken without mutual agreement, the author(s) will not be financially compensated and Article Processing Charges will not be reimbursed.