Guidlines for Authors

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawal Policy

Inquest is committed to providing high-quality scientific material and uphold the publication ethics to advance the intellectual agenda of science and medicine. We count on our authors to comply with the best practices in publication ethics as well as in quality of their submissions.

At times, after submission or after publication; authors request withdrawal of Manuscript from the publication process. During some of those instances, the request for withdrawal is made when the manuscript is approved by peers and only a few days away from being published in Inquest. This may make all the efforts of the Editors, Reviewers and the Editorial staff’s efforts insignificant.

To avoid such gratuitous withdrawal of manuscripts, Inquest declared its withdrawal policy which is explained below. The respective author or co-author(s) shall address the below statement before sending a request for withdrawal.

  • All authors as well as co-authors must confirm the number of authors, authorship and credit details, consent and integrity of the manuscript before the submission. Any differences of opinion should be addressed among all the authors before submitting the manuscript to Inquest for publication.
  • Research students, scholars and/or Researchers should take permission from their guides, mentors, and professors prior sending/submitting their manuscripts to Inquest.
  • Authors shall follow the publication ethics and principles of the ‘Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’.
  • If the Manuscript is already submitted to any other publisher/journal afore Inquest, it should be appropriately withdrawn from them before submitting it to Inquest.
  • Before sending/submitting the Manuscript, authors shall carefully proofread and check the facts and data presented in the manuscripts for accuracy.
  • All authors need to agree for publishing the articles on the specific journal for specific category before sending for submission.

Unethical Withdrawal

During an advanced stage of the editorial process, when peer reviews were nearly carried out, submission withdrawal is unacceptable. Certain obliging reasons might make an exception. If the author(s) requested for a withdrawal after publication, the APCs (Article Publication Charges) paid will not be refundable.

If the author(s) don’t respond to the editorial office’s communiqué, (even after multiple reminders) at any stage of the publication process; Inquest holds all rights to disclose the conduct of the authors and content of the manuscript without further intimation the author(s) and cannot be held responsible for the further consequences.

Withdrawal of a manuscript will only be considered and permitted for the most compelling and unavoidable reasons. The formal way of withdrawing Manuscripts post submission includes sending an ‘Article Withdrawal Form’, mentioning the reason for withdrawal and a consent signed by all the author(s) and contributors to the Editorial office. The aforementioned Article Withdrawal Form shall be available at the Editorial Office. Authors must not assume their manuscript withdrawal until they received an appropriate notification/Confirmation to this effect from the editorial office.

In instances where the review process of a Manuscript has taken more than six months’ time, the author will have a right to withdraw the submitted manuscript without paying any charges.

The Editor-in-Chief’s decision will be final in times of dispute.

Manuscript Withdrawal charges

If the request for withdrawal is placed within 48 hours of Manuscript submission, the author(s) is not viable to paying any withdrawal penalty.

If the author(s) requests a withdrawal, after the peer review process has started or during the production stage (Early Release or ahead of publishing) or published in the platform; then author(s) will have to pay a withdrawal penalty.

Corresponding author(s) may avail the formal letter of Manuscript withdrawal at Inquest Editorial Office. Withdrawal process of manuscripts is only completed after full amount of withdrawal penalty has been paid at the Inquest Editorial Office.

According to our policy, withdrawal charges shall be declared as applicable, only in case of withdrawal. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision will be final in times of dispute.

Form of Withdrawal

If the author(s) wishes to withdraw the submission from Inquest, then the "Article withdrawal Form" stating the reasons for the withdrawal shall be signed by all authors (or) the corresponding author of the manuscript. The form is available from the Editorial Office of Inquest.