Publication Ethics

Following is an outline of our commitment to publication ethics and transparency in accordance with the principles of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).

Peer review: All submitted manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review. The peer review process is detailed here. 

Publishing fee: Information on fee is found here.

Copyright/Licencing Policy: Electronic versions of our publications are freely available, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY NC 4.0). The authors retain the copyright of their work.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct 

Plagiarism check:  All submitted manuscripts undergo plagiarism check first. We work with CrossRef to use iThenticate to detect plagiarism. iThenticate gives a 'similarity index', which is the word-by-word copying of materials from previously published literature. We use similarity index to make a decision. Manuscripts with more than 10% similarity index will be returned to the authors without peer review for corrective action. For articles with similarity index between 1-10%, we follow the guidelines of COPE on text recycling to make a decision. 

Copyright violation: Where relevant, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission from copyright holders, and to ensure that the use of images, data and illustrations in the books/chapters do not violate copyright laws. If a copyright violation in any of the published books/chapters is brought to our attention, we will notify the author for correspondence. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to settle issues with the copyright holder.   

Corrections: If an error in any of the published chapter is brought to our attention, we will publish an Erratum or Corrigendum. The published manuscript will remain unaltered. 

Retraction: Proof of scientific misconduct will lead to retraction of a published article. Other issues will be dealt with on a case-by-case based on the retraction guidelines of COPE. The retracted article and the reason(s) for retraction will be clearly stated. 

Ownership and management:  Codon Publications is owned by Dr. Chris Morais. He obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has over two decades of experience in basic science and clinical research, including phase I-III clinical trial monitoring, and has extensively published. The company is registered in Australia under ABN 66856928087. The administrative aspects of the publication are done in Australia. The infrastructure and technical support for online presence is provided by the Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University, Canada). Permanent preservation of published articles is done via Portico and LOCKSS. Services for doi and plagiarism check are provided by Crossref. Printing and binding are handled by various printers in Australia. Postage is handled by DHL. More information is found here

Conflict of interest: The ICMJE guidelines state that a conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Anything that could be perceived as a conflict of interest should be declared. Some examples are: financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert testimony), personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs. It is mandatory that Editors and authors disclose conflict of interest. If there are no conflicts of interest then the author should enter “The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to research, authorship and/or publication of this article".  

Access: Our publications are freely available online. There is no need for any kind of registration to access them.  

Advertising: We do not accept third party advertisements. 

Archiving: We use Portico, LOCKSS and PMC for permanent preservation of our published contents. All books are assigned doi, at book level and also at chapter level, and deposited with CrossRef. Also hard cover copies of the books are given to authors and deposited with various libraries. 

Direct marketing: Potential contributors are invited via email.

Instructions for Authors: General information for authors is given here. Detailed instructions for the preparation of articles are given here

Complaints: Any complaint about Codon Publications should be sent to Dr. Chris Morais at To maintain transparency, all complaints, and their resolutions, will be in writing, via this email address. In the initial contact, please identify yourself, state the complaint and sign off with your full name and contact details, including a valid phone number with the country and area code. The initial email should not contain any attachments, html codes, or clickable links. All correspondence should be in English with the subject line ‘Complaint’. Initial emails that do not meet any of these criteria will not receive a response and will be deleted. Emails that meet these criteria will receive a response from Dr. Morais within 72 hours. He will work with the person who made the complaint for a speedy resolution.