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Copyright policy

Copyright policy at IgMin Research

Our mission is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and accelerate the advancement of knowledge across a wide spectrum of scientific domains.

Introduction

Welcome to IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal! As an academic journal committed to advancing knowledge across various disciplines within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM), we hold the principles of ethical publishing and copyright protection in high regard. This comprehensive copyright policy outlines our guidelines for authors, reviewers, and readers, ensuring a fair and transparent environment for intellectual property rights.

Authorship and Originality

At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we prioritize the principles of authorship and originality, recognizing their fundamental importance in maintaining the credibility and integrity of scientific research. This point encompasses the process through which authors are required to affirm the originality of their submissions and ensure proper attribution to the works of others.

Elaboration

  1. Submission integrity: When authors submit their work to IgMin Research, they are expected to confirm that their manuscripts are entirely original and have not been published or submitted elsewhere. This step is crucial to prevent duplication or redundancy in the scientific literature, ensuring that novel research findings are disseminated effectively.
  2. Plagiarism check: To uphold the highest standards of academic integrity, our journal employs sophisticated plagiarism detection tools. Upon manuscript submission, the content undergoes rigorous scrutiny to identify any instances of plagiarism or improper use of others' work. This automated check helps to ensure that the submitted research is entirely the authors' own, with proper citations for any external sources used.
  3. Ethical considerations: Authors are expected to comply with ethical guidelines and standards related to their research. This includes ensuring that the work does not involve data fabrication, falsification, or any other form of scientific misconduct. Ethical conduct in research reinforces the reliability and trustworthiness of the findings, contributing to the overall credibility of the scientific community.
  4. Citation and attribution: Proper attribution of the works of others is a cornerstone of scholarly writing. Authors are required to appropriately cite and acknowledge the sources they have used to support their research. This includes direct quotations, paraphrased content, data, and ideas from previously published works. Accurate and comprehensive citations not only give credit to the original authors but also allow readers to verify the evidence and build upon previous knowledge.
  5. Multiple and concurrent submissions: Authors should avoid submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals simultaneously. Submitting a manuscript to more than one journal at the same time is considered unethical and may lead to the rejection of the submission. The exclusivity of the submission to IgMin Research is vital to ensure a fair and transparent review process.
  6. Acknowledgment of contributions: In multi-authored works, authors should clearly acknowledge the contributions of each individual to the research. This acknowledgment includes, but is not limited to, the conceptualization of the study, data collection, analysis, and writing of the manuscript. Honoring the contributions of all authors promotes transparency and accountability in collaborative research.
  7. Authorship criteria: Authorship should be based on significant contributions to the research and the manuscript preparation. All authors must have made substantial intellectual contributions to the study and be able to take public responsibility for its content. Conversely, individuals who have not made substantial contributions should not be listed as authors. IgMin Research follows the guidelines set forth by organizations such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in determining authorship criteria.
  8. Conflict of interest disclosure: Authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may influence the interpretation or presentation of their research findings. These conflicts may include financial interests, personal relationships, or affiliations that could bias the results or affect the objectivity of the research. Full disclosure of conflicts of interest ensures transparency and allows readers to assess the potential impact on the study's outcomes.

In conclusion, the process of authorship and originality at IgMin Research embodies a commitment to academic integrity, transparency, and responsible research conduct. By adhering to these guidelines, authors contribute to the establishment of a robust and reliable body of scientific knowledge, promoting the advancement of STEM disciplines and fostering trust within the scholarly community.

At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, the copyright transfer process is an integral part of the publication workflow. As an academic journal committed to disseminating high-quality research in the STEM fields, we adhere to a transparent and structured approach to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights while facilitating the widest possible distribution of published content.

  1. Submission acceptance and copyright transfer agreement request: Once a manuscript undergoes rigorous peer review and is accepted for publication in IgMin Research, the corresponding author receives an official acceptance notification from the editorial team. This notification marks the beginning of the copyright transfer process.
  2. Corresponding author's responsibility: The corresponding author, as the designated point of contact for the manuscript, takes the lead in managing the copyright transfer process on behalf of all co-authors. It is the corresponding author's responsibility to inform co-authors about the acceptance of the manuscript and to seek their agreement regarding copyright transfer.
  3. Receiving the Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA): Upon acceptance, the corresponding author receives a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) from the editorial office. The CTA is a legally binding document that outlines the terms and conditions of the copyright transfer process. It serves as a formal agreement between the authors and IgMin Research, indicating that the authors grant the journal the exclusive rights to publish and distribute their work.
  4. Reading and understanding the CTA: Before proceeding with the copyright transfer, the corresponding author and co-authors should carefully read and understand the contents of the CTA. The CTA highlights the rights and responsibilities of both parties, the scope of the copyright transfer, and the permitted use of the work after publication.
  5. Obtaining co-authors' consent: The corresponding author ensures that all co-authors are aware of the copyright transfer process and its implications. Co-authors are requested to provide their consent to proceed with the copyright transfer by signing the CTA. This step is vital to ensure that all authors are in agreement with the publication and copyright policies of IgMin Research.
  6. Submitting the signed CTA: Once all co-authors have provided their consent and signed the CTA, the corresponding author compiles the signed documents and submits them to the editorial office. The submission of the completed CTA indicates the authors' formal agreement to transfer the copyright of the manuscript to IgMin Research.
  7. Retaining author's rights: While the copyright transfer grants IgMin Research the exclusive rights to publish and distribute the manuscript, authors retain certain rights to their work. They retain the right to reuse their own published material for personal or educational purposes, such as in future publications, lectures, or teaching materials, as long as proper attribution to the original publication in IgMin Research is provided.
  8. Copyright protection and digital archiving: Upon completion of the copyright transfer process, IgMin Research assumes the responsibility of protecting the copyright of the published work. The journal also ensures the preservation and accessibility of the work through robust digital archiving practices, ensuring its long-term availability and permanence.
  9. Open access and creative commons license: As part of our commitment to open access publishing, all articles published in IgMin Research are made freely available to the public. This is facilitated through the application of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to all published content. The CC BY license allows readers to access, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles without seeking explicit permission, as long as proper attribution is given to the authors and the source.
  10. Ensuring ethical publishing: The copyright transfer process at IgMin Research plays a crucial role in maintaining the ethical standards of academic publishing. By obtaining copyright transfer and ensuring that authors' rights are respected, we create a fair and transparent publishing environment that fosters integrity and accountability in research dissemination.

The copyright transfer process at IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal is a structured and transparent procedure designed to protect the intellectual property rights of authors while enabling the dissemination of high-quality research to a broader audience. The collaborative effort between authors and the journal in this process facilitates the growth of knowledge and advances scientific understanding across the diverse fields of STEM. By adhering to our copyright policy and open access principles, we aspire to contribute significantly to the global scientific community's progress.

Open Access and Licensing

At IgMin Research, we believe in the power of open access publishing to promote the broad dissemination of knowledge. All articles published in our journal are made freely available to the public, allowing unrestricted access to high-quality research without barriers. To facilitate open access, all published articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license.

Under the CC BY license, readers are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles without seeking explicit permission from the journal or the authors. The only requirement is proper attribution to the authors and the source of publication in IgMin Research. This licensing model enhances the accessibility and visibility of research, enabling researchers, educators, policymakers, and the public to benefit from the latest advancements in STEM fields.

Open access publishing has emerged as a transformative movement in scholarly communication, aiming to remove barriers and ensure widespread access to scientific knowledge. At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we embrace the principles of open access, fostering an inclusive environment where research findings can be freely accessed, shared, and utilized by researchers, educators, policymakers, and the public worldwide. This point-by-point elaboration provides a detailed overview of the process involved in open access and licensing:

  1. Open access publication model: IgMin Research follows the open access publication model, which means that all articles published in the journal are made freely available to the public without any subscription or access fees. This model aims to democratize access to scientific research, ensuring that knowledge is not confined to those with institutional or financial resources. Open access enhances the visibility and impact of research by reaching a broader audience, accelerating scientific progress, and enabling researchers from diverse backgrounds to participate in scholarly discourse.
  2. Creative commons attribution (CC BY) license: To facilitate open access and encourage the broadest possible dissemination of research, IgMin Research adopts the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license for all published articles. Under this licensing model, readers are granted extensive rights to use and distribute the published content, subject to proper attribution to the authors and the source of publication in IgMin Research.
  3. Reader's rights and permissions: The CC BY license provides readers with the freedom to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, without seeking explicit permission from the journal or the authors. Readers are encouraged to share and distribute the research findings with colleagues, students, and other interested individuals, further amplifying the impact of the research.
  4. Author's rights and responsibilities: Authors who publish their work in IgMin Research retain certain rights to their own work despite transferring copyright to the journal. The CC BY license allows authors to reuse their published material for personal or educational purposes, such as including their work in future publications or using it in teaching materials. However, proper attribution must be given to the original publication in IgMin Research.
  5. Global accessibility and impact: By adopting open access and the CC BY license, IgMin Research ensures that research articles are accessible to a global audience, including researchers in low-resource settings and developing countries. Open access increases the visibility of research, facilitating collaborations, and promoting knowledge exchange between researchers across borders. Moreover, freely accessible research has the potential to influence public policy, advance societal development, and foster innovation in various industries.
  6. Archiving and preservation: As part of our commitment to long-term accessibility, all open access articles published in IgMin Research are preserved in digital archives. Digital archiving safeguards the permanence and integrity of research, mitigating the risk of loss or degradation over time. This archival process ensures that the scholarly contributions published in the journal remain accessible and usable for future generations of researchers and the wider community.
  7. Compliance with funding mandates: Open access publishing aligns with the requirements of many funding agencies, research institutions, and governmental bodies that advocate for the dissemination of publicly funded research. By publishing under an open access model and a permissive license, authors can easily fulfill the open access mandates set forth by their funding sources.
  8. Measuring impact through usage metrics: Open access publishing allows for transparent and measurable impact assessment through usage metrics. These metrics provide insights into the reach and influence of published articles, helping authors, institutions, and readers gauge the significance of the research findings. Usage metrics, such as article downloads and citations, serve as valuable indicators of the article's impact on the scientific community and beyond.

In conclusion, the open access and licensing policy at IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal underscores our dedication to facilitating the free exchange of knowledge and promoting the accessibility of scientific research. By embracing open access and the CC BY license, we strive to empower researchers, educators, policymakers, and the general public with the tools to engage with and build upon the latest advancements in STEM disciplines. Through the global dissemination of research, we aim to foster collaboration, innovation, and progress in the pursuit of scientific excellence.

Third-party Material and Permissions

As part of the publishing process, authors may include copyrighted material from third-party sources, such as figures, tables, images, or extensive text extracts, to support their research and findings. However, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission from the copyright holders to reproduce and use such material in their manuscripts.

Authors should seek written permission from the original copyright holders for the inclusion of third-party material in their submissions. Proper acknowledgments and permissions must be included in the manuscript, indicating the sources from which the material has been obtained. It is essential to comply with copyright laws and ethical standards to avoid potential legal issues and to respect the intellectual property rights of others.

Including third-party material, such as figures, tables, images, or extensive text extracts, is a common practice in academic publishing. These elements often play a crucial role in supporting and enhancing the presentation of research findings. However, the use of such material requires proper consideration of copyright and intellectual property rights. At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we prioritize adherence to copyright regulations and ethical standards when it comes to including third-party material in published manuscripts. The process involves the following steps:

  1. Identify third-party material: Authors must carefully assess their manuscript to identify any material that has been created or published by others and is subject to copyright protection. Third-party material can include but is not limited to graphs, images, illustrations, photographs, tables, and extensive excerpts from previously published works. Properly identifying such material at an early stage helps in efficiently managing the permissions process.
  2. Seek copyright clearance: Once the third-party material is identified, authors are responsible for seeking appropriate copyright clearance from the original copyright holders. This step is critical to ensure that the use of copyrighted material in the manuscript is legally permissible. Copyright clearance is typically obtained by contacting the copyright holder directly or through an authorized representative, such as a publisher or a rights clearance agency.
  3. Obtain written permission: Obtaining written permission is a fundamental requirement for the use of third-party copyrighted material in academic publications. Authors should reach out to the copyright holders with a formal request that includes the specific material to be used, the intended purpose of use, and the publication details (e.g., journal name, volume, and page numbers). The written permission should clearly state the granted rights, any usage limitations, and the acknowledgment requirements for attribution.
  4. Acknowledgment and attribution: Authors must ensure that appropriate acknowledgment and attribution are given for all third-party material used in their manuscripts. This acknowledgment should be included in the figure captions or the text, providing credit to the original creators and indicating the source from which the material was obtained. Proper attribution acknowledges the contributions of others and demonstrates respect for intellectual property rights.
  5. Verify license types: Different copyright holders may offer various types of licenses for the use of their material. Some licenses may permit reuse with certain conditions, while others may restrict use to specific purposes. Authors need to carefully review the terms and conditions of the granted permissions to ensure compliance with the specified license type.
  6. Fair use consideration: In certain situations, the use of copyrighted material may be considered fair use, which is an exception to copyright restrictions. Fair use allows for limited use of copyrighted material without seeking permission, primarily for purposes such as criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. However, the determination of fair use is subjective and depends on the specific circumstances of each case. Authors should exercise caution and consult copyright experts if they believe their use falls under fair use.
  7. Public domain material: Material that is in the public domain is not protected by copyright and can be used freely without permission. Public domain material includes works whose copyrights have expired, works produced by the U.S. government, and works explicitly released into the public domain by their creators. Authors are encouraged to verify the copyright status of any material they wish to use and provide appropriate citations for public domain material.
  8. Document permissions for editorial review: Authors are required to provide documentation of the obtained permissions for any third-party material used in their manuscript. These permissions should be submitted along with the initial manuscript submission to IgMin Research. The editorial team will review the provided documentation to ensure compliance with copyright regulations and ethical standards.
  9. Notify editorial office: During the submission process, authors should inform the editorial office of any third-party material included in their manuscript and provide details of the obtained permissions. This proactive communication allows the editorial team to verify the proper handling of copyrighted material and minimize potential issues during the peer review and publication process.

The inclusion of third-party material in academic publishing requires careful attention to copyright regulations and ethical considerations. At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we prioritize the protection of intellectual property rights and uphold high ethical standards in our publications. By following the comprehensive process outlined above, authors can ensure that their use of third-party material is lawful, properly acknowledged, and compliant with copyright policies. By respecting the contributions of others, we contribute to the collective advancement of knowledge and foster a scholarly environment based on integrity and collaboration.

Retraction and Corrections

At IgMin Research, we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of scientific integrity and publication ethics. While we strive to ensure the accuracy and validity of all published content, errors or instances of misconduct may occasionally arise. In such rare cases, our journal has established a systematic process to handle retractions and corrections, ensuring transparency, fairness, and adherence to ethical guidelines.

Elaboration

  1. Identification of concerns: The process of retraction and corrections often begins with the identification of concerns about a published article. These concerns may be raised by readers, researchers, peer reviewers, or even by the authors themselves. Concerns could pertain to issues like data manipulation, fabrication, plagiarism, authorship disputes, or errors in data presentation, among others.
  2. Initial assessment: Upon receiving concerns, the editorial team conducts an initial assessment of the issue. This evaluation involves analyzing the nature and severity of the concern and whether it impacts the scientific validity, ethical compliance, or integrity of the published work. The editorial team treats all concerns seriously and confidentially, ensuring the protection of whistleblowers and those who report potential issues.
  3. Consultation and expert review: If the concerns warrant further investigation, the editorial team may seek consultation and expert review. This could involve soliciting input from peer reviewers, members of the editorial board, or external experts in the relevant field. Such consultation helps in evaluating the technical and scientific aspects of the reported concerns to make informed decisions.
  4. Author's response: Once the concerns are thoroughly evaluated, the corresponding author of the article in question is informed of the issues raised and is given an opportunity to respond. Authors are requested to provide a detailed and transparent explanation addressing the concerns and, if necessary, correct the identified errors.
  5. Editorial decision: Based on the author's response and the findings from the assessment and expert review, the editorial team makes a decision on the appropriate course of action. The decision may range from no action if the concerns are unfounded or minor, to issuing a correction or an expression of concern, or, in more serious cases, initiating the process of retraction.
  6. Corrections: Corrections are issued when the concerns raised relate to minor errors or inaccuracies that do not substantially affect the main findings or conclusions of the article. In such cases, the authors work with the editorial team to publish a corrigendum or an erratum, providing transparent information about the corrections made. Corrections are published promptly to ensure the scientific record is accurate and up-to-date.
  7. Expressions of concern: If concerns persist, but the editorial team is unable to verify or rectify the issues definitively, an expression of concern may be published. An expression of concern serves as a notification to the readers and the scientific community about the ongoing investigation or unresolved concerns related to the article. This transparent approach allows for continued scientific discourse while the investigation continues.
  8. Retractions: In cases of confirmed serious misconduct, data fabrication, plagiarism, or other ethical violations, where the integrity of the scientific record is compromised significantly, the editorial team may decide to retract the article. Retractions are accompanied by a detailed retraction notice that clearly explains the reasons for the retraction. The retraction notice aims to correct the scientific record and notify readers about the issues with the article.
  9. Communication with readers and indexing services: The editorial team promptly communicates retractions, corrections, or expressions of concern to the readership of the journal. In addition, appropriate indexing services and databases are informed about the updated status of the article to ensure that the correct version is accessible in all platforms and archives.
  10. Maintaining the journal's integrity: Throughout the process of handling retractions and corrections, the editorial team at IgMin Research upholds the principles of objectivity, fairness, and transparency. The integrity of the journal and the scientific record is paramount, and all decisions are made with utmost care and adherence to ethical guidelines.

Conclusion: At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we are dedicated to maintaining the highest ethical standards in scientific publishing. Our systematic approach to handling retractions and corrections ensures that concerns are addressed transparently and responsibly. By promptly rectifying errors and addressing misconduct, we uphold the credibility of the journal and the trust of the scientific community in the validity and integrity of the research we publish.

Preprints and Prior Dissemination

Informative and objective elaboration

At IgMin Research, we recognize the value of preprints and prior dissemination in advancing scientific knowledge and facilitating collaboration within the academic community. Preprints refer to preliminary versions of research papers that are shared publicly before undergoing formal peer review. Prior dissemination encompasses various activities, such as presenting research findings at conferences, workshops, or seminars, before the manuscript's formal publication.

Preprints

  1. Definition of preprints: Preprints are early versions of research papers that have not yet undergone peer review. They allow researchers to share their findings and insights with the academic community and the public promptly. Preprints are typically hosted on preprint servers, which are online platforms dedicated to disseminating early-stage research.
  2. Advantages of preprints: One of the key benefits of sharing preprints is rapid dissemination. Researchers can make their work immediately accessible to peers and stakeholders, enabling timely feedback, discussion, and potential collaboration. This early exposure to the research community can enhance the quality of the final manuscript through constructive criticism and suggestions.
  3. Promoting open science: Preprints align with the principles of open science, fostering transparency and accessibility in scholarly communication. By allowing researchers to share their work openly, preprints contribute to the democratization of knowledge and the removal of barriers to information.
  4. Citations and priority: Sharing research as a preprint establishes a clear timestamp, providing evidence of priority for the discoveries made by the authors. Additionally, preprints can be cited in subsequent research, acknowledging the original work and attributing credit to the authors.
  5. Complementary to peer review: Preprints and formal peer review are complementary rather than mutually exclusive. While preprints allow for early feedback and dissemination, peer review remains essential for validating research, ensuring methodological rigor, and assessing the quality of the work before formal publication.

Prior dissemination

  1. Definition of prior dissemination: Prior dissemination refers to the sharing of research findings through presentations at academic conferences, workshops, seminars, or other public events before the manuscript is officially published.
  2. Encouraging scientific exchange: Presenting research findings at conferences and events allows researchers to engage with their peers, experts, and stakeholders from various fields. This facilitates scientific exchange, fosters collaboration, and provides an opportunity for researchers to receive valuable feedback and suggestions.
  3. Early feedback and improvements: Prior dissemination enables researchers to receive constructive critiques and comments on their work from a diverse audience. These insights can help refine the research and address potential flaws or weaknesses before formal submission.
  4. Dissemination beyond academia: Presenting research findings at conferences often attracts media attention and brings scientific discoveries to the attention of the general public. This broader dissemination helps bridge the gap between academia and society, increasing public awareness of scientific advancements.
  5. Respecting conference policies: Authors should be mindful of conference policies regarding prior dissemination. Some conferences may have specific rules regarding the extent to which previously presented research can be submitted for formal publication. Authors should adhere to these guidelines to avoid conflicts with conference organizers or journal editors.

Conclusion

The encouragement of preprints and prior dissemination at IgMin Research reflects our commitment to openness, collaboration, and the acceleration of scientific progress. Preprints enable researchers to share their work early, garner feedback, and establish priority in their findings. Prior dissemination fosters scientific exchange, leading to valuable feedback and broader dissemination of research. By embracing these practices, IgMin Research continues to contribute to the advancement of knowledge within the multidisciplinary realm of STEM and promotes an inclusive and transparent scientific culture.

Digital Archiving

Digital archiving is a fundamental aspect of IgMin Research's commitment to preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of scholarly works. As a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to advancing knowledge within the STEM fields, we recognize the importance of safeguarding research contributions for posterity. Through robust digital archiving practices, we aim to enhance the discoverability and permanence of published content, facilitating the ongoing progress of scientific disciplines.

Elaboration

  1. Archiving infrastructure: IgMin Research employs a state-of-the-art digital archiving infrastructure to store and manage published content securely. This archiving system utilizes advanced technologies to ensure the integrity and availability of research articles over time. Our archiving partners are selected based on their expertise and reputation in the field of digital preservation, guaranteeing the highest level of reliability and data protection.
  2. Format conversion: To ensure compatibility with evolving technologies and formats, all published articles undergo format conversion during the digital archiving process. The conversion process ensures that the content is stored in widely accepted and sustainable file formats. This approach minimizes the risk of content obsolescence and facilitates seamless access to research articles in the future.
  3. Metadata management: Accurate and comprehensive metadata play a vital role in facilitating the discovery and retrieval of archived content. At IgMin Research, we meticulously manage metadata associated with each published article. Metadata includes essential information such as author names, affiliations, keywords, abstracts, publication dates, and citations. Properly organized and structured metadata enhance the visibility and searchability of research, enabling scholars to find relevant articles efficiently.
  4. Version control: Version control is an integral part of digital archiving, enabling us to keep track of revisions and updates made to published articles. Each version of an article is securely stored and linked to the previous version, allowing for a complete historical record of the research. This versioning system ensures that the most current and accurate version of an article is accessible to readers while preserving the integrity of the scholarly record.
  5. Backup and redundancy: To safeguard against data loss, IgMin Research's archiving strategy incorporates regular backups and redundancy measures. Multiple copies of the archived content are stored across geographically diverse locations. This redundancy minimizes the risk of data loss due to technical failures, natural disasters, or other unforeseen events, thereby ensuring the long-term availability of research articles.
  6. Digital preservation standards: Our digital archiving process adheres to industry-leading preservation standards, such as the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model. This internationally recognized framework provides guidelines for the long-term preservation and accessibility of digital information. By following established preservation practices, we demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the authenticity and usability of archived content.
  7. Accessibility and retrieval: Ensuring accessibility is a core objective of our digital archiving efforts. All archived content is made available through a user-friendly and publicly accessible digital repository. The repository provides researchers, academics, students, and the general public with a centralized platform to access and download research articles at any time, from anywhere in the world.
  8. DOI and permanence: Each published article in IgMin Research is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to establish a unique and persistent link to the research. DOIs play a crucial role in citation and linking to articles, offering a permanent and citable identifier for each publication. By incorporating DOIs, we enhance the permanence and traceability of research articles, ensuring their continued accessibility and referenceability.
  9. Archiving updates: As digital archiving technologies and practices evolve, IgMin Research remains committed to staying at the forefront of archiving advancements. We regularly review and update our archiving processes to align with best practices in the field. Embracing technological innovations enables us to adapt to changing requirements and ensures that our digital archiving system remains reliable and relevant over time.

Conclusion

Digital archiving at IgMin Research is an essential element of our mission to promote the broad dissemination and enduring accessibility of scholarly knowledge within the STEM disciplines. Through a robust and forward-looking archiving infrastructure, we preserve the integrity and authenticity of research articles, supporting the ongoing advancement of science and technology. With a commitment to industry standards, data redundancy, and technological adaptability, IgMin Research's digital archiving process is designed to provide researchers, educators, policymakers, and the public with a reliable and comprehensive repository of valuable scientific contributions for generations to come.

Commercial Use and Reuse

At IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal, we believe in the power of open access to foster the dissemination of knowledge and facilitate academic collaboration. As part of our commitment to open access publishing, we make all published articles freely accessible to readers worldwide, without any subscription or paywall barriers. However, while we encourage non-commercial use and distribution of our content, there are certain considerations for commercial use and reuse of the published material.

Elaboration

  1. Understanding commercial use: Commercial use refers to the exploitation of published content for monetary gain or profit. This includes activities such as reproducing, distributing, selling, or incorporating published articles into products or services that are intended for financial compensation or business-related purposes.
  2. Creative commons attribution license (CC BY 4.0): IgMin Research adopts the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license for all published articles. This licensing model allows readers to freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles without seeking explicit permission from the journal or the authors. However, it requires that proper attribution is given to the authors and the source of publication in IgMin Research.
  3. Non-commercial use under CC BY: The CC BY license permits non-commercial use and distribution of the published content without the need for explicit permission. Non-commercial use encompasses activities that are not intended for financial gain, such as educational purposes, research collaboration, personal reference, or public policy discussions.
  4. Commercial use and permissions: Any use of the published content for commercial purposes requires explicit permission from the journal. Commercial use includes activities where the published material is utilized in products, services, or endeavors that generate financial revenue or remuneration for the user.
  5. Requesting permission for commercial use: Individuals, organizations, or entities interested in using IgMin Research's content for commercial purposes should contact the editorial office to request permission. Permission requests should outline the specific details of the intended use, including the scope, duration, and context in which the content will be utilized.
  6. Assessment and authorization process: Upon receiving a permission request, the editorial office will assess the proposed commercial use based on its alignment with the journal's values and ethical standards. Factors considered may include the purpose of the use, potential impact on the journal's reputation, and adherence to intellectual property rights.
  7. Licensing terms and fees: Depending on the nature and scale of the commercial use, the journal may require licensing terms and associated fees to grant permission. The licensing terms will outline the permitted usage, conditions, and any restrictions that apply to the commercial user.
  8. Ensuring proper attribution: Regardless of whether the use is non-commercial or commercial, proper attribution must always be provided. Users are required to cite the authors and the source (IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal) in a clear and visible manner when incorporating content from published articles into their work.
  9. Respecting author rights: Authors' intellectual property rights and copyright ownership are respected at all times. Even in cases of commercial use, proper attribution to the authors must be given, acknowledging their contributions to the original work.
  10. Adherence to legal and ethical guidelines: IgMin Research diligently upholds copyright laws and ethical guidelines pertaining to intellectual property and commercial use. Authors, readers, and commercial users are expected to comply with these regulations and respect the rights of content creators.
  11. Promoting collaborative research: While commercial use requires permission, non-commercial uses are encouraged, as they promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the advancement of scientific research within the STEM community.

By balancing open access with appropriate copyright management, IgMin Research aims to strike a harmonious equilibrium between academic dissemination and safeguarding the rights of content creators. Our commitment to promoting open access while carefully evaluating commercial use requests allows us to support academic collaboration and innovation while preserving the integrity of scholarly works published in our multidisciplinary journal.

Conclusion

The copyright policy at IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal reflects our commitment to fostering an environment of ethical publishing, open access, and respect for intellectual property rights. By upholding rigorous standards of authorship, originality, and citation, we strive to maintain the integrity of scientific research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge across diverse STEM disciplines.

We believe that open access and digital archiving are essential pillars in the dissemination of research, as they empower researchers, educators, policymakers, and the public to access and build upon scientific discoveries. Embracing preprints and prior dissemination encourages collaboration and constructive feedback within the scientific community, promoting innovation and progress.

Through adherence to this copyright policy, we aim to create a publishing platform that fosters a culture of academic integrity, collaboration, and inclusivity. We are honored to serve as a conduit for sharing groundbreaking research and look forward to partnering with authors, reviewers, and readers in advancing the frontiers of knowledge through IgMin Research - STEM | A Multidisciplinary Open Access Journal.