Information for Authors

Universal Wiser is a publisher of academic open access journals.We aim to make your work be published efficiently by virtue of a convenient submission method, rapid review and satisfactory editing service and under an open access license to enlarge your work availability.

1. Cover Letter

A cover letter must be prepared when submitting articles to help you conveying the work's importance to the editors.You can either put it in the submission system or attach it as a separate file. Generally a cover letter should contain following parts:

  • ● the title of the article

  • ● the name and contact information of the corresponding author

  • ● the names and affiliation of other authors

  • ● a brief introduction of the paper including its research significance

  • ● Additionally, you also can provide suggested reviewers to be included or ask individuals to be excluded from peer review with exact reasons in the cover letter. Please note that the cover letter will not be transmitted to peer reviewers.

2.Manuscript Format

For detailed requirements on format, please download Format Instruction to check.

3.Submission

3.1 Submission checklist

  • ● The paper has not been published before; nor is it under consideration for publication anywhere else.

  • ● The submission of the paper has been approved by all the authors.

  • ● The paper emanating from a particular institution should be submitted with the approval of this institution.

  • ● The submission file is in Microsoft Word format. If your manuscript contains special characters, equations or any precise formatting that needs to be retained, please submit a PDF of your manuscript for reference in addition to an editable version.

  • ● If available, the URLs for references should be provided.

3.2 Submission policies

  • ●The date of receipt established by the official acknowledgment from the editorial office.

  • ●The author agrees with the editorial office to edit the paper for readability.

  • ● If a related paper from the same author is submitted elsewhere while the paper is under consideration at our journal, a copy of the related paper must be sent to the editor to ensure there is no significant overlap between these two papers.

  • ● If the paper includes personal information, please provide a written statement of permission from any person who is quoted. E-mail permission messages are acceptable.

  • ● The editors also reserve the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with the scientific content or with violations of our publishing policies.

3.3 How to submit

We provide two ways to submit papers:
1. Register your personal information on the website and contribute as the author.
2. Directly contact our editorial office by mail for submission.

3.4 After submission

Once you submit your paper, you will usually receive our initial feedback in one or two weeks: Acceptance or Rejection. Please do not call us, we will contact you to inform you of the result.

4.Similarity Checking

In order to ensure the originality of the manuscript, we will double-check the manuscript before send it to peer review.

5.Review Process

5.1 What is peer review?

Peer review is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal, conference proceedings or as a book. Peer review is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. Its ultimate purpose is to maintain the integrity of science by filtering out invalid or poor quality articles.

5.2 Peer review process

Our reviewers mainly come from reviewers working with the journal and reviewers recommended by the authors. The following is the peer review process of 6 steps:
Step 1: Submission of paper
The author submits the paper to the journal usually via online system under the guidance start with registration till upload file to submit. Occasionally, journals may accept submissions by email to editorial office.
Step 2: Editorial Office Assessment
The editors of the journal check the structure and style of the paper according to the Author Guidance then send the paper to Editor-in-Chief (EIC) if it is suitable. The EIC then checks that if the paper is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further.
Step 3: Reviewing
EIC or handling editors (editors who handle the peer review) send invitations to appropriate reviewers according to the expertise, conflicts of interest and availability of them. There will be two or three reviewers who at least decide to do the reviewing. EIC or handling editors will set time limits for reviewers to finish the review work. The reviewers review the paper according to the journal review requirements and draw up the review report.
Step 4: Comments from Reviewers
The review report is then submitted to the journal, with a recommendation to accept or reject it – or else with a request for revision (usually flagged as either major or minor) before it is reconsidered.
Step 5: Editor Decision
EIC or handling editors give the final evaluation according to the review report of the reviewers. If the two reviewers disagree significantly, they invite another reviewer to give an additional opinion.
Step 6: Feedback to Authors
The final decision will be forwarded to the author including all the relevant reviewer comments. The comments are anonymous. If accepted, the paper is sent to production. If the article is rejected or sent back for either major or minor revision, the editorial office will give constructive comments from the reviewers to help the author improve the article.

6.APC Charge

6.1 What is APC and what is for?

In order to ensure the papers are freely available and maintain publishing quality, Article Process Charges (APC) is applicable to all authors who wish to submit their articles to the journal to cover the cost incurred in processing the manuscripts. Such cost will cover the peer-review, copyediting, typesetting, publishing, content depositing and archiving processes. Those charges are applicable only to authors who have their manuscript successfully accepted after peer-review.

6.2 Discount policy:

For editorial board members of each journal, discounts or waivers will be granted as the benefit for them. We encourage authors of high quality papers to publish with us without worrying about APC that may can't afford. Discounts or waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Applications submitted before article submission are assessed by the Managing Editor based on the quality of the research article and the authors' ability to pay.

6.3 Payment methods:

  • ● We accept payments in Euro (EUR) and US Dollars (USD).

  • ● Currently we mainly accept online payment by PayPal, other methods of payment can be discussed case by case.

7.Copyright Policy

7.1 Rights granted to authors

Universal Wiser does not require authors to assign copyright of their published original research papers to the journal. Articles are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

7.2 Rights granted to Publisher

For both subscription and open access articles, published in proprietary titles, Universal Wiser is granted the following rights:

  • ● The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial purposes.

  • ● For open access articles, Universal Wiser will apply the relevant third party user license where publishes the article on its online platforms.

  • ● The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used on the latest technology even after publication.

  • ● The authority to enforce the rights in the article, on behalf of an author, against third parties, for example in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringement.

8. Open Access

8.1 What is open access?

Open Access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to all, with no access fees. Open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results among scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. Open access publishing also provides access to research results to researchers worldwide, including those from developing countries, and to an interested general public.

8.2 Copyright and OA licenses

Authors will have copyright but grant broad publishing and distribution rights to the publisher, including the right to publish the article on Universal Wiser online platforms. The author chooses an end user license under which readers can use and share the article. The publisher makes the article available online with the author's choice of end user license.

8.3 Benefits of OA for Authors

  • ● The high availability and visibility of authors' articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

  • ● The higher citation impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability.

  • Faster publication. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are

8.4 OA Information and Policy

All journals published by Universal Wiser are Open Access journals. This means that researchers, scholars, students, and interested people from anywhere in the world have rapid access to the latest research through our journals. And all content of our journals is distributed under an open access license. Among these some OA articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which Universal Wiser does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used.

Information for Reviewers

1.Acknowledgement

Universal Wiser adheres to uphold scholarly journals in the highly efficient and rigorous way. We always welcome researchers and experts to join our peer review team to assess the validity, quality and the originality of articles for publication. There will be two or three reviewers assigned to do the reviewing for each article. We hereby express our heartfelt thanks and sincere respect to all the reviewers who have made contributions to the manuscript review.

2.Reviewer Application

The requirements for being reviewers are as follows:

  • ● accept or decline any invitations quickly, based on the manuscript title and abstract;

  • ● suggest alternative reviewers if an invitation must be declined;

  • ● request an extension in case more time is required to compose a review report.

As part of the assessment, reviewers will be asked:

  • ● to rate the originality, significance, quality of the presentation,  scientific soundness, interest to the readers, overall  merit and English level of the manuscript;

  • ● to provide an overall recommendation for the publication of the manuscript;

  • ● to provide a detailed, constructive review report.

If you want to be a  reviewer of Universal Wiser, please contact our editorial office for application.

3.Benefits and Pledges

As a reviewer, you will enjoy the following benefits and pledges:

  • ● Universal Wiser will prioritize the publication of the articles from you. Reviewers have the right to recommend articles to the Publisher. All articles recommended by reviewers will be prioritized upon acceptance after peer-review.

  • ● Reviewers can keep a record of every review performed for publisher’s  journals by adding reviewing information on his or her public profiles on Publons,  the world’s largest peer review platform.

  • ● Reviewers will be invited to participate in academic conferences or scientific meetings organized by the Publisher for free attendance fee.

  • ● Outstanding reviewers who have good performance on reviewing work will be awarded annual special prize.

4.Confidentiality and Anonymity

All the journals published by Universal Wiser will uphold double blind peer review. Reviewers should be careful not to reveal their identity to the authors, either in their comments or in metadata for reports submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Reviewers should keep the content of the manuscript, including the abstract, confidential.
Some journals offer authors the possibility to publish review reports with their paper and for reviewers to sign their open review reports, however this will only be done at publication with your express permission. If this is the case, it will be noted in the message inviting you to review. In all other cases, review reports are considered confidential and will only be disclosed with the explicit permission of the reviewer.

5.Peer-review Process

The following is the peer review process of Universal Wiser:
All submitted manuscripts are checked by the editors firstly only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. Those papers judged by the editors to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate will be rejected promptly without external review.
For formal and external review, typically two or three reviewers will be invited for further checking and comments on each article. For reviewing invitation, the reviewer should make quick response, accept or decline. If decline, the reviewers are welcomed to suggest alternatives who are available and capable of doing this work. If accept, the reviewer is expected to submit a review report of this manuscript, with a recommendation to accept or reject it – or else with a request for revision (usually flagged as either major or minor) before it is reconsidered. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers’ advice and feedback to authors.

Information for Editors

1.Open Access

Open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results among scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. Open access publishing also provides access to research results to researchers worldwide, including those from developing countries, and to an interested general public. All the journals upheld by Universal Wiser are open accessed.
For authors, open access means a potentially wider circle of readers for their research papers, with some research suggesting that open access papers are more highly cited.
For readers, all articles published in our journals are published open access and all content is free online.

2. Editorial Process, Peer-review and Production

2.1 Editorial Process

After the author submits a manuscript to editor, all manuscripts sent for publication in our journals will be strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts. The Managing Editor of the journal will perform an initial check of the manuscript's suitability upon receipt. The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. After the peer-review, there may be authors' revision. The final decision of whether to accept the paper is made by the Editor-in-chief or handling editor. Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.

2.2 Peer-review

The process of peer-review is conducted by the reviewers who are professional in the field related to the paper. Through the peer-review, at least two reports per manuscript are collected for each manuscript—three if the advice from first two differ substantially. Reviewers must hold a PhD, have not published with the authors in the previous five years, and have recent publications in the field of the submitted manuscript. After the peer-review, the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor, or a suitable editorial board member can make the final acceptance or rejection decision for a manuscript, usually after author's revision. We typically allow no more than two rounds of major revisions.

2.3 Production

After acceptance of an article for publication, the in-house editorial staff will organize the production of the paper, which entails copyediting, layout editing and final production in preparation for publication on the journal website. All journals are structured in yearly volumes and either in annual, monthly or quarterly issues. Nevertheless, articles are published online immediately after acceptance and production.

3. Editor-in-chief Responsibilities

The editor-in-chief is the lead editor and ultimately responsible (usually by a contractual arrangement) for the academic content of the journal. His/her primary responsibilities usually include:

  • ● Selecting the editorial board, in cooperation with your publishing contact;

  • ● Directing the overall strategy of the journal (in cooperation with the publisher and the society, as applicable);

  • ● Reviewing and deciding upon submitted manuscripts to ensure sustainable and timely copy flow;

  • ● Acting as an ambassador for the journal, commissioning content and fielding submission enquires as appropriate;

  • ● Continually engage the editorial board on the progress of the journal, update and include them on ideas for editorial development. The editorial board should be involved formally through an annual editorial board meeting or informally in ad hoc meetings and discussions.

  • ● Provide strategic input into your journal's development. Your publishing contact will be in touch regularly to report on the journal's performance and suggest possible strategies for development, as well as discuss your suggestions.

  • ● Highlight commercial advertising, supplement, and reprint opportunities, if these form important sources of income for your journal;

  • ● Promote the journal to peers and colleagues.

4. Editorial Board Members Responsibilities

The editorial board, sometimes known as the (editorial) advisory board, is a team of individuals in the journal's field. Editorial board members are encouraged to help to promote the journal among their peers or at conferences. The communication with Editorial board members is done primarily by E-mail. The initial term for an editorial board membership can be renewed every year. An editorial board member may also step down from the position at any time if he or she feels overloaded by the requests from the journal's editorial office. Respectively, there is also chance for an editorial board member to be promoted to editor-in-chief if they make a great contribution to the journal.
As an editor in the editorial board, you should be aware of your responsibility when invited to join the board:

  • ● Reviewing submitted manuscripts;

  • ● Advising on journal policy and scope;

  • ● Identifying subjects and conferences for special issues which they might also help to organize and/or guest edit;

  • ● Attracting new authors and submissions;

  • ● Acting as advisers in the case of complex publishing ethics allegations;

  • ● Ideally submitting some of their own work for consideration.

  • ● Ensuring that the aims and scope of the journal, and therefore content, respond to any changes of direction in the field of study to incorporate newly-emerging work;

  • ● Working closely with the journal's publishing staff to ensure that it is strategically developed in line with market evolution. Both you and the publishing staff will make recommendations in this regard, based on your complementary expertise and sources of information.

Ethics Guidelines

1.Authorship

Authorship confers credit and has important academic, social, and financial implications. Authorship also implies responsibility and accountability for published work. The following recommendations are intended to ensure that contributors who have made substantive intellectual contributions to a paper are given credit as authors, but also that contributors credited as authors understand their role in taking responsibility and being accountable for what is published.

1.1 Criteria for authorship

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors provides definitions of authors and contributors that are applicable in many instances beyond medical publishing. It recommends that authorship should be based on the following four criteria:

  • ● Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

  • ● Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND

  • ● Final approval of the version to be published; AND

  • ● Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged.
It is the collective responsibility of the authors, not the journal to which the work is submitted. If agreement cannot be reached about who qualifies for authorship, the institution(s) where the work was performed, not the journal editor, should be asked to investigate.
If authors request removal or addition of an author after manuscript submission or publication, journal editors should seek an explanation and signed statement of agreement for the requested change from all listed authors and from the author to be removed or added.
The corresponding author is the one individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal's administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, clinical trial registration documentation, and gathering conflict of interest forms and statements, are properly completed, although these duties may be delegated to one or more coauthors.
The corresponding author should be available throughout the submission and peer review process to respond to editorial queries in a timely way, and should be available after publication to respond to critiques of the work and cooperate with any requests from the journal for data or additional information should questions about the paper arise after publication.
Although the corresponding author has primary responsibility for correspondence with the journal, editors are recommended to send copies of all correspondence to all listed authors.

2.Conflict of Interest

All participants in the peer-review and publication process—not only authors but also peer reviewers, editors, and editorial board members of journals—must consider their conflicts of interest when fulfilling their roles in the process of article review and publication and must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest. Here are our policies for conflict of interest in the respective of each role related to the work:

2.1 Participants

a. Authors
When authors submit a manuscript of any type or format they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work.
b. Peer Reviewers
Reviewers should be asked at the time they are asked to critique a manuscript if they have conflicts of interest that could complicate their review. Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they're reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.
c. Editors and Journal Staff
Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts should recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration. Other editorial staff members who participate in editorial decisions must provide editors with a current description of their financial interests or other conflicts (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists. Editorial staff must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain. Editors should publish regular disclosure statements about potential conflicts of interests related to their own commitments and those of their journal staff.
Journals also take extra precautions and have a stated policy for evaluation of manuscripts submitted by individuals involved in editorial decisions.

2.2 Reporting Conflicts of Interest

Articles should be published with statements or supporting documents, which declares authors' conflicts of interest and sources of support for the work, including sponsor names along with explanations of the role of those sources if any in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the report; the decision to submit the report for publication; or a statement declaring that the supporting source had no such involvement; and whether the authors had access to the study data, with an explanation of the nature and extent of access, including whether access is on-going.
To support the above statements, editors may request that authors of a study sponsored by a funder with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as “I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.”

3.Duplicate Submission

Authors are not permitted to submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages, simultaneously to more than one journal. Authors are also being asked to represent that the contribution has not been submitted elsewhere for publication. However there are narrow exceptions to the dual publication rule for some materials, such as standards. In any such case, prior approval from the journal to which you are submitting is likely to be required.
If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they must cite the previous articles and indicate how their submitted manuscript differs from their previous work. Reuse of the authors' own words outside the Methods should be attributed or quoted in the text. Reuse of the authors' own figures or substantial amounts of wording may require permission from the copyright holder and the authors are responsible for obtaining this.

4.Academic Misconducts

Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without attribution. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of wording must be limited and be attributed or quoted in the text. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected and the authors may incur sanctions. Any published articles may need to be corrected or retracted.
It is the duty of journal editors to investigate suspected cases of misconduct. They need to decide whether it is necessary to retract a published contribution and in some cases, whether it is necessary to alert the employers of the accused author(s). Some evidence is required, but if the employers have a process for investigating accusations, it is not necessary for the editor to assemble a complete case as this may entail wider consultation which would bring the author into disrepute before the facts of the matter have been decided. Editors may decide not to involve employers in cases of less serious misconduct, such as dual publication, deception over authorship or failure to declare a conflict of interest. In all cases, authors must be given the opportunity to respond to accusations of misconduct before any action is taken.

5.Publishing Ethics

5.1 For the publisher

It is an important role of the publisher to guarantee high-quality scientific publications and public trust in scientific findings. Universal Wiser supports the huge efforts made by journal editors and the often unsung volunteer work undertaken by peer reviewers, in maintaining the integrity of the scholarly record. The publisher has a supporting, investing and nurturing role in the scholarly communication process but is also ultimately responsible for ensuring that the best practice is followed in its publication.
We promote best practice in compliance with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and providing editors with Similarity Check reports for all submission to our editorial system.

5.2 For editors

  • ● Editors should ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely. Research articles must typically be reviewed by at least two external and independent reviewers, and where necessary the editor should seek additional opinions.

  • ● Editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

  • ● Editors shall establish, along with the publisher, a transparent mechanism for appeal against editorial decisions.

  • ● Editors must protect the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers, unless otherwise agreed with the relevant authors and reviewers

  • ● Editors should work to safeguard the integrity of the published record by reviewing and accessing reported or suspected misconduct (research, publication, reviewer and editorial), in conjunction with the publisher (or society).

Copyright Agreement

1.Open Access Agreement

All the journals published by Universal Wiser is distributed under an open access license. Once the author contributes to Universal Wiser, it means that the author tacitly agrees to the OA policy of the publishing house.

1.1 What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. Open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results among scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. In an OA model, the content is delivered at no cost to the reader and without restrictions, expanding access to literally anyone with an internet connection and an interest in a given topic.

1.2 Copyright and OA licenses

Authors will have copyright but grant broad publishing and distribution rights to the publisher, including the right to publish the article on Universal Wiser online platforms. The author chooses an end user license under which readers can use and share the article. The publisher makes the article available online with the author's choice of end user license.

1.3 Benefits of OA for Authors

  • ● The high availability and visibility of authors' articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

  • ● The higher citation impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability.

  • ● Faster publication, accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are.

2. License

Copyright licenses detail the rights for publication, distribution, and use of research. Open Access articles published in Universal Wiser do not require transfer of copyright as the copyright remains with the author. In opting for open access, the author(s) should agree to publish the article under the CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes,  providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

3.Images and Features

We support the use of original materials such as images and features as an argument for articles. Among these some articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which Universal Wiser does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used. Or authors do not have the right to use them.