JOURNAL POLICIES - Bionatura journal

Bionatura Journal
Ibero-American Journal of Biotechnology and Life Sciences
ISSN 3020-7886
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JOURNAL POLICIES

1.  INTRODUCTION
Bionatura journal ("we" or "us") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy policy will inform you how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other privacy policy or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy policy supplements other notices and privacy policies and is not intended to override them.
Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, username or similar identifier, title, and gender.
  • Contact Data includes email address and telephone numbers.
  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website.
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature.

2. PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT
Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
We may collect, use and store different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, username or similar identifier, title, and gender.
  • Contact Data includes email address and telephone numbers.
  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website.
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences.
We also collect Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity.
We use your personal or aggregated data only for the purposes of providing our services as a scientific journal, including the publication and dissemination of scientific articles and related content, and we will not share it with third parties for any commercial purposes.

3. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
  • Where we need to perform the services related to our scientific journal, for example, to process and publish your manuscript, to provide access to our website, and to communicate with you about your submission.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • We will not use your personal data for marketing purposes, nor will we sell or rent your personal data to third parties for their marketing purposes.
    If you have provided us with your email address, we may send you emails about our scientific journal, including news, updates, and promotional offers, but only if you have given us your explicit consent to do so.

4. COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
Our website may use cookies and other similar technologies to enhance user experience and personalize content and advertising. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your device when you visit our website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your device until they expire or you delete them. You can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level, but if you choose to disable cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on our website. We may also use similar technologies, such as web beacons or pixels, which allow us to track user activity on our website and gather information about how users interact with our content and advertising.

5. INFORMATION SECURITY
We take reasonable measures to protect information from loss, theft, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. However, no data transmission over the internet or electronic storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, please contact us.

6. RETENTION OF INFORMATION
We will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, including to comply with legal, regulatory, accounting, or reporting requirements. When we no longer need your personal information, we will securely dispose of it in accordance with our data retention policies and applicable law.

7. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY
We reserve the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting the updated Privacy Policy on our website. We encourage you to review this Privacy Policy periodically to stay informed about our data practices. Your continued use of our website and services after the posting of any changes to this Privacy Policy means that you accept such changes.

8. CONTACT
Us If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our data practices, please contact us at [insert contact information]. We will do our best to address your concerns and resolve any issues you may have.

9. COMPLIANCE WITH DATA PROTECTION LAWS
We are committed to complying with all applicable data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union, as well as any other relevant international data protection regulations. We take the privacy and security of your personal information seriously and have implemented measures to ensure compliance with these laws. If you have any questions or concerns about our data protection practices, please contact us.



MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

All materials (text, graphics, etc.) must be submitted electronically. In case of questions concerning the submission, please contact the Editorial Support (Editorial Office) at editor@bionaturajournal.com Registration of the manuscript with Bionatura is equivalent to the author's consent for publication of its content in both printed and electronic version.

 
Language Assistance
Authors should make sure that the text of the manuscript is prepared in correct English. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally proof-read and edited before submission or during the review process. Please contact the Editorial Support (Editorial Office) for details.
 

First submission
All sections from “Title page” to “Literature Cited” must be submitted as a single file. Figures and Tables should be included (together with their descriptions) at the end of the manuscript.

 
Revised manuscripts
Manuscripts conditionally accepted (not rejected) must be returned to the Editorial Office within four (review articles) or twelve (research articles) weeks. Returned articles should be corrected according to the Reviewer's suggestions or offer strong arguments why the Publisher's recommendations have been ignored.

 
Submission of accepted manuscripts
The rules are the same as for the first submission, except for the Figures, which should:
be submitted as separate files. If a Figure is composed of parts (ie. 1A, 1B..), each part should be submitted separately;
 
·         be submitted as .tif, .eps, .xls, .doc, or .jpg      .png files. If it is impossible to provide figures in one of the      acceptable formats, please contact the Editorial Office;
 
·         be submitted, preferably, at resolutions of 600      dots per inch for line figures and 300 dots per inch for half tones;
 
·         be in CMYK mode rather than RGB (color figures).
 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 

Types of Manuscrips
The Journal accepts the following types of manuscripts: reviews (with no fixed length, although they should be concise as possible) and mini-reviews (up to five pages), articles, research papers (with no fixed length, although as concise as possible), short communications (up to three pages) as well as methodological papers. Material submitted to Bionatura will be peer reviewed and have to meet specific requirements concerning substantive and editorial qualities.

 
Assurance of originality
Submission of a manuscript Bionatura is understood to imply that the work is original, unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

 
Materials ownership
Sources of all figures, photographs, tables or other parts of the manuscript that have previously appeared in any publication or are not the property of the authors must be properly acknowledged in the manuscript. Permission to republish these items must be obtained by the corresponding author from a person or institution (the publisher) holding the copyright.

Conflict of interest, ghostwriting...
For more specific requirements for Bionatura authors, please refer to the Manuscript Submission Form.
 

Bioethical agreement
If the paper contains any material based on the experiments performed on human beings or animals, a declaration that an appropriate Commission has been notified thereof and approved these experiments, is required.
 

Review process
Submitted manuscripts which comply with instructions for authors are subject to assessment by reviewers. The editors select reviewers taking into account the topics presented in the article submitted. Independent reviewers evaluate each paper in the double-blind review process, in which authors do not know the identity of their reviewers, nor do the reviewers know the characters of the authors. Reviewers assess the work using the electronic system based on questions prepared for a specific title. Reviewers may also provide individual comments on the article. The paper is accepted for publication after the Editor-in-Chief receives positive opinions of experts.

Ethical Standards and Procedures
Bionatura is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices to meet these requirements.

Duties and responsibilities of authors
The author is obliged to prepare and send the article in accordance with the requirements set out in the journal Editor. Moreover, the author is required to submit editorial complemented by a statement which will be included: a statement about the originality of the content of the article (work not yet published anywhere), the integrity of the copyrights of others, no conflict of interest or its application, as well as the superior permission to publish an article in the journal. Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work.

Duties and responsibilities of reviewers
Articles are selected for publication in double-blind selection system and published in an open access system. Reviewer shall review by the electronic system based on questions prepared for a specific title. Reviewer is also possible to send individual comments to be published in the article content.

Duties and responsibilities of editors
Editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles are accepted for publication. Editors act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
 
 
FOCUS AND REACH
 
The Bionatura Journal is a specialized, inter-institutional and interdisciplinary medium for the dissemination of scientific and technical developments, technological innovations, and in general, the various topics related to the sectors involved in biotechnology, both in Ecuador and abroad; likewise, the journal constitutes an effective communication mechanism between the different professionals of biotechnology.
 
It is a non-profit publication. The income obtained by advertising or services rendered will be destined for its operation and development of its editing quality.
 
It is a quarterly magazine, specializing in issues concerning theoretical, applied, and market development in biotechnology.
 
It publishes original research articles and other types of scientific articles for consideration by its editorial board, after a peer review process without taking into account the country of origin.
 
The publication languages ​​are Spanish and English.
 
The authors maintain their rights on the articles without restrictions,
 
 
COURSE EVALUATION PROCESS
 
Bionatura magazine uses a "peer review" evaluation system where the double-blind process is guaranteed. The evaluation period will depend on the complexity of the document. Notification will be sent to the author about the status of your shipment within a period not exceeding 90 days.
 
 
OPEN ACCESS POLICY
 
This journal provides immediate open access to its content, based on the principle that offering the public free access to research helps in a greater global exchange of knowledge.
 
 
Ethics and Editorial Responsibility
 
The editors of Bionatura Journal make all the final decisions regarding the publication of the manuscripts. The opinions expressed in the articles and letters in Bionatura Journal represent the points of view of their authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors, the editorial house or the Editorial Board. The responsibility to ensure the originality of the works, free of plagiarism or fraud, is the authors. Bionatura Journal will retract any article found that contains elements of plagiarism or cheating.
 
 
Privacy and Confidentiality
 
The editors respect the confidentiality of the authors and the referees concerning the scientific work of the former and the opinions expressed by the latter. As shown in the RMU: "The editors should not reveal any information about the manuscripts-including the time of receipt, the content, the status of the evaluation process, the criticism by the (arbitrators) or their final destination-a no person other than the authors and (arbitrators)."

About this publication system
This journal uses Open Journal Systems 2.4.5.0, which is an open access journals manager and software developed, financed and distributed free of charge by the Public Knowledge Project, subject to the GNU General Public License.




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