Pak Publishing Group (PPG) believes in keeping the honesty of its archive and the part of publishers play in scholarly discussion. A rigorous control of the quality and integrity of the articles published has meant that scholarly publishing provides a permanent and integral archive of the procedures and achievements of scientific research. In this context, PPG endeavors to stimulate the circulation of scientific research, offering cost-effective solutions to authors, libraries and scientific societies, with specific regard to the ethical, moral and legal concerns involved. The online archive record may not be tampered with, or edited without just cause.
It is indeed in the progress of academic conversation that honest errors may be made. PPG cognizes that it must assault the steadiness between maintaining the Version of Record and posing limpidity for readers. PPG may correct the Version of Record where the error renders in the article and its research precisely improper, such as a formula/equation containing an error. If else stated, PPG is unable to accept any post-acceptance changes. The affiliation and author name published in the article should be the affiliation and author name at the time the research was conducted.
PPG accepts withdrawal only in the following cases:
- An article that has been accepted for publication in the journal, but that have not been officially published on the website.
- An unintended duplicates of other published article(s).
- In case of multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, and fake use of data (Before publication on the website, if article publish the PPG will retract the article by mentioning the reason).
Publisher or Journal editors should consider retracting a publication if:
- They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).
- The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication).
- It constitutes plagiarism.
- It reports unethical research.
Publisher or Journal editors should consider issuing an expression of concern if:
- They receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors.
- There is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case.
- They believe that an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive.
- An investigation is underway but a judgement will not be available for a considerable time
Journal editors should consider issuing a correction if:
- A small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error).
- The author / contributor list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).
The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
Article Removal: Legal limitations
This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
In cases where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In these circumstances the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and a history of the document.