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Life Safety and Security (LiSS) publishes papers discussing all causes of potential damage to individuals both in terms of accidental events and fraudulent ones.
It is a multidisciplinary Journal which addresses these topics from different points of view. It is expected that submitted papers are written by a wide range of scientists belonging to different areas (like humanistic, socio-economics, biomedical, etc.).
The aim of the journal is not only to provide a forum where different topics on safety and security can be discussed but also to encourage the spread of knowledge about new policies and strategies that can help society to improve the quality of life of citizen.
The topics covered by the Journal include:
Research Articles in the medical field
These works are original reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in safety and security fields and have immediate, far-reaching implications. Articles have a summary, separate from the main text, of up to 150 words, which does not report any reference, and does not contain numbers, abbreviations, acronyms or measurements unless essential. It is also addressed to readers outside the discipline. This summary contains a paragraph (2-3 sentences) of basic-level introduction to the field, a brief account of the background and rationale of the work, a statement of the main conclusions (introduced for example by the sentence 'Here we show' or others equivalent)and finally, by 2-3 sentences putting the main findings into a general context to make evident how the results described in the paper have moved the field forward. The text may contain also few short subheadings. Articles typically have 5 or 6 display items (figures or tables). Monographs and Case Reports are also welcome. Monographs are contributions on a single subject or on a single aspect concerning human sciences. Case Reports are detailed medical reports of the symptoms and signs of unusual or novel occurrence of their diagnosis, treatment, and patients follow-up.
Research Articles in the engineering field
LiSS is enriched by this new Section completely dedicated to Safety and Security in the engineering field. Research articles, dealing with advances in this area, are welcome. In this Section monographs are intended as contributions on a single subject or on a single technical or theoretical aspect while, case studies are considered contributions related to a specific application in the field. For the layout of the articles, see the previous paragraphs.
Research Articles in the architectural field
This new section is completely dedicated to the couple “Beautiful & Safe”. Relevant contributions on single subjects trying to combine aesthetic aspects with those related to the safety are welcome. For the layout of the articles, see the previous paragraphs.
Research Articles for the General Section
General section is a new section dedicated to other fields than those specified in the previous sections (psychology, philosophy, humanities, etc). Authors aiming at interpreting the theme of safety and security from other points of view are welcome. Articles, monographs, case reports must follow the layout specified in the previous sections.
These works are restricted to reports of unusual urgency, timeliness, significance, and broad interest. A brief statement explaining how the manuscript meets the criteria of urgency and significance should be included in the Authors’ cover letter. It is desirable for the principal conclusions to be stated in the opening sentences of the manuscript. Communications of up to four Journal pages will be considered. The submission of multiple Communications on the same or closely related topics, within a short period of time, is not an acceptable means of publishing a body of work that is too large for a single Communication. Actually, such a work should be described in the format of an Article. The major concepts referred by a Communication must not have appeared previously as report or publication (e.g., published lecture or news release, electronic journal paper or preprint, symposium proceedings, or an extended abstract ). When Communication by the same Author(s) has already appeared and the present manuscript describes a technical improvement or increase in the scope of the work, it will not be accepted if a novel conceptual advance is not presented.
LiSS publishes three kinds of reviews: Comprehensive Reviews, Perspective Articles and Analyses. It also publishes commissioned collections of reviews and other related material on one scientific theme as 'Insights' few times per year. Reviews focus on one topical aspect of a field rather than providing a comprehensive literature survey. They can be controversial and, when this occurs they should briefly indicate opposing viewpoints. They should not be focused on the Author's own work. Review-based reports including a new analysis of existing data that lead to a novel, exciting and arresting conclusion. Language should be simple, novel concepts adequately defined and specialist terminology explained. All Reviews start with a maximum of 100-word preface, which should set the stage, and end with a summary sentence. Please, note that the preface will also appear on PubMed and Medline, so it must contain essential key words. Display items and explanatory boxes (used for explanation of technical points or background material) are welcomed. The Author is responsible of the necessary permission for the re-use of any figures previously published elsewhere.
Technology Features and Hypothesis
These works, published few times per year, review techniques and technologies of fundamental importance in fast-moving fields of research. Technical Comments should not present new data or other previously unpublished works nor be based on new findings/concepts that would not have been accessible to the Authors when the paper was written. Pertinent comments on non-technical aspects of a paper should be submitted as online comments.
Social Forum presents issues related to the intersections between science, technology and society that have politic and educational implications.
The Editors generally seek the advice of experts about manuscripts. However, manuscripts considered by the Editors to be inappropriate for LiSS may be declined without any review. The recommendations of reviewers are advisory to the Editors, who accept full responsibility for any decision about the manuscripts. The final responsibility for acceptance or declination of the manuscripts rests with the Editor. Authors are urged to suggest in the cover letter a minimum of three persons competent to review the manuscript. Authors may also request that specific people not be used as referees, and they may include reasons for such a request. These suggestions will be advisory to the Editors and are not a condition for submission. Reviewer identities are confidential, and the names of reviewers will not be revealed to the Author(s).
Individual items will be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.
This journal provides immediate open access to its contents. This is based on the principle that making research freely available to the public,a greater global exchange of knowledge can be supported.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
LiSS publishes articles in English and in Italian. Both languages are accepted for the manuscripts with a high linguistic level. For those manuscripts written in Italian, it is necessary to supply an English version for the abstract . If Authors decide to publish their manuscript in English and need help, they can make use of the English Revision Service described in detail in the next section.
As underlined in the previous paragraph, LiSS publishes articles written in English and in Italian. . We believe that it is of utmost importance to produce manuscripts not only with a high scientific standard, but also with a high linguistic level in both languages When it comes to translating scientific material, it is essential that the translation is carried out with great attention to details. Scientific papers are generally difficult to understand even in the original language because of the specific terminology. It is fundamental for the translation to be not only technically and stylistically correct, but also fully understandable for the final reader. To achieve this, translators must take into account not only the words of the original text, but also the context in order to produce a final manuscript that appears as if it were originally written in the target language. For all these reasons, the Editorial Board of LiSS have decided to offer the possibility to directly contact experienced mother tongue translators, with expertise in the field of scientific translations, for proofreading/revisions of drafts in English at special rates. This service is mandatory for the acceptance of manuscripts in English.
Translation rates: Prices are per page. A page corresponds to 1500 characters (including spaces), calculated by computer (25 lines with 60 character spaces per line). The minimum charge is equal to one page.
Payment methods: Payments are accepted via bank transfer or Paypal. Further payment details will be sent with the translation rate quote.
For free quotes, delivery times and further information, please contact the translators directly via e-mail.
TRANSLATORS' CONTACT DETAILS:
Samantha Clare Austen
LiSS ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
Duties of Editorial Board Publication decisions
The LiSS editorial board is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
The LiSS editorial board will at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the Authors.
The editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding Author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Disclosure and conflicts of interest, unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the LiSS editorial board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.
Any selected referee of LiSS, who feels unqualified to review the research manuscript or knows that a prompt review will not be available, should notify the editorial board and excuse himself/herself from the review process.
Any manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. Itmust not be shown or discussed with others except those authorized by the LiSS editorial board.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is considered inappropriate and is not permitted. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Acknowledgement of Sources LiSS reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge according to LiSS guidelines against plagiarism.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. LiSS reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Duties of Authors
Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are considered unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works.Ifworks and/or words of other authors have been used, they must be appropriately cited or quoted according to LiSS guidelines against plagiarism.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is considered unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influent in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. When others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed in the text of the manuscript.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the LiSS editor or publisher and cooperate with the LiSS editorial board to retract or correct the paper.
Public trust in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships may vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, but not all the relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.
Authors that publish their papers on LiSS have to declare, in the submitted manuscript, their Conflict(s) of interest, if any.
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. Obtainment of informed consent has to be indicated in the published article. - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") -- February 2006
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If any doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") February 2006
We fight plagiarism!
LiSS supports ethical writing and fights plagiarism. All submissions we receive are checked for plagiarism by using online available tools. Any suspected misconduct ends up with a quick rejection and is then reported to the European Science Foundation and to the US Office of Research Integrity.
The European Science Foundation released a Code of Conduct on Research Integrity, which is fully supported by our journals. All authors submitting papers to our journals are required to adopt these policies.
Below some online resource to help you in understanding plagiarism:
Roig, M. Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and otherquestionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing.
St Johns University.Long TC, ErramiM, George AC, et al. Responding to Possible Plagiarism. Science 2009; 323:1293-1294.
Lewis J, Ossowski S, Hicks J, Errami M, and Garner HR. Textsimilarity: an alternative way to search MEDLINE. Bioinformatics 2006; 22:2298-2304.
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