Existence, Ethics and Uniqueness of United Scientific Group Journals
In the year 2014, Prof. Kenneth Blum along with other academicians with similar ideologies, diverse backgrounds and professional experience have joined hands together to launch Unites Scientific Group (USG) - an expert-driven initiative led by the editor’s association to identify and fill the gaps in knowledge sharing by publishing noble research findings with an ethical and stringent review process. All our journal titles are uniquely coined by Editor-in-Chief’s (EIC) covering the unattended areas of science, technology and medicine.
All editorial board members of USG journals have been organized by EIC of the respective journal. Editorial Board (EB) selection has been done based on their expertise, performance on past reviews, publication record, and geographic location; and EIC make sure that his/her appointment as EB member should bring uniqueness to the journal and their opinions are valued.
USG ensures a rigorous and unbiased peer review by the expert scientists in the area of research to maintain the high-quality editorial process for all manuscripts submitted to USG journals. The editor/EIC is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript, based on the reviewers' comments and specific recommendations for the revisions.
Reviewers details are assembled and constantly updated in terms of their total H-index, patent index, prototypes and total Impact Factor (SCI) normalized by average number of co-authors and author position. Selection of a reviewer for particular article will depend on factors such as expertise, reputation, availability, latest publications, specific recommendations of authors and editors.
There are many misconceptions about Open Access publication related to their quality and impact. USG journals have a clearly defined aims and scope, reputed editorial board and conducts a rigorous peer-review, we posted fully transparent procedures and policies that seek to be in line with the guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), ICMJE, WAME. The approach that we have taken with USG journal has been to operate without any publication charges (for initial 2 years). The absence of a financial interest and strong adherence to ethical standards gives us edge over competition on Publication Standard.
Journal Metrics are becoming an increasingly important feature to measure the journal impact, it provides a report card on journal's overall contents, which can be compared with other journals. The indicators such as number of articles received, acceptance rate, and number of reviews completed, time taken for review, total turnaround time and rejection ratios mentioned on USG journal homepages are useful for authors in journal selection.
In order to ensure only theoretical and scientifically based articles are published in USG journals, all submitted articles will be subjected to editorial procedures and rigorous peer-review process. The percentage of all articles submitted to the journal that are accepted for publication in the same year is included on the journal homepage. Both the number of submitted articles published and the number of rejected articles are shown, to give a good indication of the standards of the journal.
Peer-review remains the cornerstone of formal academic publishing. Many reviewers from around the world and across various disciplines provides their expert input that led to the base for accepting and publishing the articles. The peer-reviewer’s generosity, judicious judgment, and timely response substantially helped us to publish a journal that both is timely and maintains exacting scientific standards; it is a genuine pleasure to express our deep sense of thank to all the reviewers collectively for their dedicated service.
The Editors of USG journals expresses their tremendous gratitude to all those individuals who participated in the peer review process. A special reviewer acknowledgement will be published at the end every year / volume.