Editorial Policies


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Editorial Policies


Editorial Objectives

4A JOURNAL is the international, peer-reviewed journal devoted to research in the broad field of medical and biological sciences. Within this broad framework the journal seeks to provide a forum for experts. 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.

The journal registered in the ISSN Register (the world catalogue of serials and continuing resources, taken from the ISO standard 3297 which defines the ISSN and its uses). Articles in this journal have undergone a rigorous peer review system, based on initial editor screening and involving in-country and international refereeing, ensures that articles meet the standards of quality. 

Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to 4A JOURNAL are initially assessed (in-house screening) by the Managing Editor for overall suitability for the journal. If an article is deemed suitable it is assigned to an Editorial Board Member (Section Editor) who scrutinizes the article even more closely, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to one or more independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology. 
If the section editor feels that the article is not yet ready for peer-review, (s)he sends it back to the Author with an explanation of why the article is not ready and what might help it to be more suitable for the journal. 4A JOURNAL operates the peer review process which is expected to take period around 10 to 40 days. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Reviewers will be asked to consider whether or not the submission is suitable for the 4A JOURNAL audience. Based on the reviewer reports the section editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. If major revisions are requested, then re-submitted files will be sent for a second round of review. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief/ Managing Editor, who is supported by an expert, international Editorial Board. Reviewers will make one of four recommendations:

  • Accept submission: no revisions are required other than those that would normally be carried out during the copy-editing/proof-reading process.
  • Revisions required: the submission would be acceptable for publication if minor revisions were made as outlined in your reviewers comments. The editorial team will be responsible for checking that the revisions have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Resubmit for review: the submission is relevant for the 4A JOURNAL audience and has the potential to be of publishable quality. It requires major revisions and should be resubmitted for review.
  • Decline submission: the submission is unfortunately not relevant for the 4A JOURNAL audience.

Following Publication

4A JOURNAL review process usually takes 5-40 days, depending on the number of papers available for review. Based on the recommendations of the reviewer, as well as consultation between relevant Editorial Board members the Managing Editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. The authors will receive an unsigned copy of the referees’ reports and editor's pen. Acceptance and rejection notification will be sent to all authors. The editor may make use of Grammarly and Paperrater software for checking the originality of submissions received. Once accepted for publication, the corresponding author is encouraged to send the final version of the manuscript. Authors should submit only papers that have been carefully proof read and polished. Before submission please make sure that your submission is prepared after proofreading and grammar checking according to editor's pen. This will ensure fast processing and publication.


Abstracts of articles should be provided (not more than 300 words long). Articles should be up to 6000 words (inclusive of references).  We will endeavour to have reviews back within 4 weeks.  Re-reviews will be expected to be back within 2 weeks.  All reviews are carried out anonymously. Case Reports or Short Notes should be up 3000 words (inclusive of references). Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word format (doc or docx).

Publishing paper with this journal means that the author or authors retain the copyright in the paper. This journal is granted an exclusive non commercial reuse license by the author(s), but the author(s) are able to put the paper onto a website, distribute it to colleagues, give it to students, use it in your thesis etc, so long as the use is not directed at commercial advantage or toward private monetary gain. 
The author(s) can reuse the figures and tables and other information contained in their paper published by this journal in future papers or work without having to ask anyone for permission, provided that the figures, tables or other information that is included in the new paper or work properly references the published paper as the source of the figures, tables or other information, and the new paper or work is not direct at private monetary gain or commercial advantage.

Open Access License

4A 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. This journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge & be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms. 

License Deed Link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Legal Code Link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Published Open Access articles are distributed under this Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC). Articles can be read and shared for noncommercial purposes under the following conditions:

  • BY: Attribution must be given to the original source (Attribution)
  • NC: Works may not be used for commercial purposes (Noncommercial)

ABC Journals uses the CC BY-NC to protect the author's work from misuse.

Invoice for Processing Fee

If the paper is accepted for publication, author(s) will be asked (invoice letter) to pay 110 US$; as article processing charge in order to defray the operating costs. Fees include peer review, editing, costs of journal production; web hosting, CMS, database, online repository and archiving, and online publication (open access). If author want to get hard copy of the Journal, they required to pay extra charges. The payment method will be notified by the executive editor with the invoice of accepted papers. 

4A JOURNAL makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (the “Content”) contained in its publications. However, 4A JOURNAL and its editors make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability for any purpose of the Content and disclaim all such representations and warranties whether express or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any views expressed in this publication are the views of the authors and are not the views of editors.

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 here (http://www.lockss.org/).

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. 4A JOURNAL is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending. 

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)

COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. This means that 4A JOURNAL adheres to the ethical standards in publishing. 

Complaints Policy  

The Managing Editor and staff of 4A JOURNAL will make every endeavour to put matters right as soon as possible in the most appropriate way, offering right of reply where necessary. As far as possible, we will investigate complaints in a blame-free manner, looking to see how systems can be improved to prevent mistakes occurring. More details (http://www.abcjournals.net/complaint-policy.html)

Errors and letters

As we are all human we all make mistakes. You may find after your paper has been published that it contains an error. If this happens you need to contact the editorial team immediately, the paper cannot be changed (if it will already have been deposited with DOI) but an addendum to the paper can be published in the journal as soon as possible. If the error is a major one eg, there was a problem with your original study that now invalidates your findings the paper may be retracted, but this is very rare.

Waiver Policy (valid only for online payment option):

According to UNDP Human Development Reports authors from world’s 42 underdeveloped countries shall publish their articles at a reduced fee (25% waiver on APC). PhD students and Masters thesis students from these countries are also welcome to publish their articles with the 4A JOURNAL at a reduced fee (50% waiver on APC), applicable for only student author).

Refund Policy

Article processing charge paid for publication “as is”. The author assumes the responsibility for the payment, and no refunds will be issued.







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