Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Editorial Processes

MycoAsia journal covers various aspects of mycology, including the discovery, cultivation, characterization, description, identification, classification, metabolites, and nomenclature of fungi. The focus on exploring terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric habitats in Asian countries, particularly those that are under-explored, highlights the journal’s commitment to promoting research in diverse ecosystems and contributing to our understanding of fungal biodiversity in these regions. This emphasis can lead to the discovery of new species, insights into ecological interactions, and advancements in the field of mycology. Additionally, the inclusion of manuscripts on lichens expands the journal’s coverage to include these fascinating symbiotic organisms, allowing researchers to share their studies on lichen diversity, ecology, taxonomy, and other related topics.

Well-prepared manuscripts can be submitted by email to [email protected]. Please include a cover letter, declarations on authorship and conflicts of interest/competing interests, main text, figures, tables, references, acknowledgements, and supplementary. Please note that no specific format is required during the initial submission. This flexibility allows authors to submit their manuscripts in a format that best represents their research findings and ensures a smooth submission process.

Peer review process Initial Examination: Upon submission, manuscripts undergo an initial examination by the Editorial Office. This step aims to ensure the quality of the submitted work and to identify any serious issues of scientific misconduct, such as plagiarism, data manipulation/ fabrication, image manipulation, multiple submission, or redundant publication. If such issues are suspected, the manuscripts will be returned to the authors. Assignment to Handling Editor: Manuscripts that pass the initial examination are assigned to a Handling Editor who oversees the peer-review process. The Handling Editor will be responsible for managing the review process and making recommendations regarding the manuscript. Reviewer Invitation: The Handling Editor will invite reviewers who are experts in the relevant field to evaluate the manuscript. Reviewers will assess the novelty, methodology, and scientific claims presented in the manuscript. If requested by the authors, reviewers’ names can be revealed. Reviewer Reports: Reviewers will provide their expert opinions on the manuscript, including their comments, critiques, and recommendations. The Handling Editor will gather these reviewer reports along with their own comments and recommendations. Editorial Decision: The Handling Editor will forward the reviewers’ reports and their own recommendations to the Editorial Office. The Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor will then make the final decision on whether to accept or reject the manuscript. The decision may be acceptance, acceptance with minor revisions, acceptance with major revisions, or rejection. Revision and Final: Acceptance: If revisions are required, the authors will be notified and given the opportunity to address the reviewers’ comments and suggestions. The final acceptance of the manuscript is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the revisions. Decision Communication: The Editorial Office will communicate the decision on the manuscript to the corresponding author. This process typically takes 8-10 weeks, but in some cases, it may take longer due to factors beyond the control of the Editorial Office. Status Inquiry: If authors have not received any response within 60 days after submission, they can contact the Editorial Office ([email protected]) to inquire about the status of their submission. Revision and Resubmission: If revisions are required, authors will be given 30 days to revise their manuscript and submit the revised version. Authors should provide a point-by-point response to the reviewers’ concerns and comments. Authors will also receive instructions on formatting requirements, which they should strictly follow during the revision stage. Final Decision: The final decision on the manuscript will be communicated to the corresponding author within 2-4 weeks after the resubmission. In some cases, the Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor may opt for additional rounds of peer review before making the final decision.

Post-acceptance scenario Final Proof: After the manuscript has been accepted, the MycoAsia production team will email the final proof to the corresponding author. The final proof is the formatted version of the manuscript, and it allows authors to review their work before it is published. Minor Corrections: The corresponding author should carefully review the final proof and make minor corrections, if necessary. These corrections typically include fixing typographical errors, formatting issues, or small changes to the text. It is important to return the corrected proof to the production team within a reasonable time frame as specified in the email. Major Corrections: It is advised to avoid making major corrections at this stage, as they would require editorial approval. Major corrections may delay the publication process, and it is best to address such issues during the earlier stages of manuscript preparation and peer review. By carefully reviewing the final proof and making minor corrections promptly, authors can ensure the accuracy and quality of their published work.

Access to published papers Publication Platform: Papers published in MycoAsia will be made available on the journal’s website, www.mycoasia.org. The website serves as a platform for accessing and reading the published articles. Notification to Corresponding Author: The corresponding author of each published paper will be notified through email. This notification will inform them that their paper has been published and provide them with relevant details and links. Free Access: MycoAsia follows an open-access model, which means that the PDF version of the published papers can be freely accessed and downloaded from the journal’s website. There are no restrictions or barriers to accessing the published content.

Corrigendum: In MycoAsia, any corrections or amendments to published papers can be made through a corrigendum. A corrigendum is a formal notice issued by the journal to correct errors, inaccuracies, or omissions in a published article. It provides a means to address any issues identified in the published work and ensure the accuracy and integrity of the scientific record. If errors are identified in a published paper, the corresponding author or the responsible author should contact the Editorial Office of MycoAsia to request a corrigendum. The corrigendum will clearly state the correction or amendment that needs to be made and will be published in a subsequent issue of the journal. The purpose of the corrigendum is to provide transparency and rectify any errors or inconsistencies in the original publication. By using a corrigendum, MycoAsia ensures that any necessary corrections to published papers are made in a transparent and accountable manner. This helps maintain the credibility and reliability of the journal and its published content.