The Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Ethical Guidelines


Applied Spectroscopy is an international journal consisting of original research and review articles covering all aspects of spectroscopy. The journal seeks to be comprehensive in scope, with the primary aim to publish papers on both the fundamentals and applications of photon-based spectroscopy. These include, but are not limited to, ultraviolet-visible absorption; fluorescence and phosphorescence; mid-infrared, Raman, near-infrared, terahertz, microwave, and atomic absorption; emission; laser-induced breakdown spectroscopies (and ICP-MS); as well as cutting-edge hyphenated and interdisciplinary techniques.

     Papers from all fields of scientific endeavor in which applied spectroscopy can be utilized will be considered for publication. Representative fields include chemistry, physics, biological and health sciences, environmental science, materials science, archeology and art conservation, and forensic science.

Duties of the Editors and Reviewers:

  1. Applied Spectroscopy and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy will not discriminate against authors based on gender, religion, creed, nationality, affiliation, or ethnic origin. However, the Editors reserve the right to refuse publication of any work requiring further review, if, in the Editor’s opinion, the research is significantly lacking in novelty, is outside the aims and scope of the journal, features testing or products deemed unethical or unnecessary by international animal or human welfare convention, or is a manuscript in need of substantial English language improvement.
  2. The Editors reserve the right to reject plagiarized work, fabricated research and/or findings, and/or work under simultaneous consideration by other journals. Plagiarism occurs where an author (and/or co-authors) submits parts or all of the work of another person as his or her own.
  3. The Editors reserve the right to decline work from authors and co-authors for further publication consideration in Applied Spectroscopy in instances of plagiarism or research fabrication.
  4. Reviewers have the right to refuse review duties in cases of a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, with authors or the presented subject matter.
  5. Reviewers have a duty to provide detailed, objective, and constructive commentary to be used to supplement and improve the writing and research submissions of authors.
  6. All manuscripts under review consideration will be handled in a confidential manner.
  7. Reviewers have a duty to provide research reviews in a timely manner.

Duties of the Author and Co-authors:

  1. All submitted work must consist of original research in the field of spectroscopy. For submitted papers, the work must not have been published whole or in part previously, nor should it be simultaneously submitted to another journal.
  2. All authors have a duty to report potential conflicts of interest in the cover letter accompanying any initial manuscript submissions.
  3. Authors should consult and follow the Author Guidelines prior to the submission of any work to be considered for review in Applied Spectroscopy. The Author Guidelines can be found at http://www.s-a-s.org/journal/authguide/. Authors should also consult the manuscript submission FAQ at https://www.s-a-s.org/journal/FAQ/.
  4. It is unethical to add authors to the list of contributors to a paper after initial submission. If an author finds he/she was omitted from the list of contributing authors, that author must send a request to the Editor-in-Chief and all contributing authors, explaining the reason that they were left off during initial submission and their role in the described work.
  5. Criticism of research and theory is to be expected as part of the free exchange of ideas and knowledge. However, authors are to be protected from direct personal attack by the review process and Editors.
  6. Ethical guidelines pertaining to the use of animal or human research subjects must be followed according to those rules governing the institutional and/or national affiliation of the author(s).
  7. Details pertaining to the hazards and outcomes of research should be adequately reported.
  8. Journals are expensive to produce. Authors have a responsibility to consider the time and resources needed to see a manuscript through to publication. This includes reviewing, proofreading, editing, and the production of quality graphics and images.
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