Code Of Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement (based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)


AJOM is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.

AJOM follows the Code of Conduct as defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).

These ethics include the editors following rules on relations with readers, authors, and reviewers, as well as procedures for handling complaints.

AJOM – code of ethics in publishing

  1. Editorial Board

The journal is overseen by an Editorial Board consisting of distinguished experts in the field of mycology. The Editorial Board members play a vital role in providing strategic guidance, ensuring the integrity of the publication process, and upholding the journal's standards of excellence. They contribute their expertise and knowledge to maintain the journal's credibility and reputation.

  • The full names and affiliations of the editorial board are provided under the editorial board on the journal’s Web site.
  • Contact information: Editor-in-Chief, CHETHANA KWT, Thailand; email:
  1. Ownership and Management

Asian Journal of Mycology is owned by the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand and receives financial support from the Mae Fah Luang University.

  • Mae Fah Luang University ensures that the journal operates independently, adheres to ethical guidelines, and remains committed to fostering the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the ASEAN region and beyond, with the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and quality in scholarly publishing.
  • The management of the Asian Journal of Mycology is carried out by a dedicated editorial team, including the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and a Managing Editor, who work closely with the Editorial Board to oversee the peer-review process, manuscript selection, and the overall publication workflow.
  1. Peer-review process

All of AJOMs content is subjected to single-blind peer review. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from at least two external expert reviewers in Mycology.

  • The peer review process is described under Peer Review Process.
  • Judgments of handling editors will be objective.
  • Asian Journal of Mycology requires all editorial team members, including the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and external reviewers, to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence their decision-making or compromise the journal's integrity. Conflicts of interest will be managed transparently, and appropriate actions will be taken to ensure unbiased and fair evaluation of submitted manuscripts.
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
  1. Publication malpractice statement

By submitting their work to the Asian Journal of Mycology, the authors acknowledge and agree to adhere to the principles outlined in this malpractice statement, ensuring the integrity, credibility, and ethical standards of the research published in the journal.

  • Publishers and editors take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.
  • Asian Journal of Mycology does not tolerate the fabrication or falsification of data, results, or any other kind of misconduct.
  • In the event that AJOMs editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the journal shall take actions ranging from a warning to the rejection of submissions, withdrawal of published articles, or other appropriate measures deemed necessary by the journal.
  • In the event that errors or inaccuracies are identified in published articles, the Asian Journal of Mycology will promptly issue corrections or retractions as necessary. Corrections will be published to rectify minor errors, while retractions will be issued in cases of significant misconduct or ethical violations.
  • In the case of any dispute concerning the manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief, along with two senior editorial board members, shall assess the situation and make a recommendation following COPE guidelines.
  1. Plagiarism:

Plagiarism, in any form, is defined as the unacknowledged use of another person’s ideas, words, intellectual property, or one’s own work or submitting work published before (in part or whole) without proper disclosure. Upon receiving a manuscript, the Asian Journal of Mycology employs ‘Turnitin’ plagiarism detection software supported by the Mae Fah Luang University to identify any potential instances of plagiarism. The journal accepts the similarity percentage less than or equal to 20%. If the percentage of similarity is higher than 20% is detected, the editorial team will immediately notify the corresponding author, and the author will be given an opportunity to respond and provide any necessary justifications or revisions regarding the content in question. The editor-in-chief will examine the revised manuscript and consider the factors, including the proportion of plagiarized content, the significance of the plagiarized portions, and the overall impact on the originality and validity of the research, before reaching a decision. The decision of the editor-in-chief will be informed to the senior associate editors, and the journal's editorial team will make a final decision regarding the manuscript.

  • If the plagiarism is deemed significant or pervasive, the manuscript will be rejected outright, and the authors will be informed.
  • In cases where the plagiarism is deemed minor or unintentional, the authors may be given an opportunity to revise their work and address the plagiarism issues. They will be required to provide proper attribution, rephrase the content, or remove the plagiarized sections entirely.

Manuscripts submitted after the peer review will also be examined for plagiarism using the ‘Turnitin’ software and undergo the same process described above. However, these manuscripts will undergo an additional step, where the reviewer feedback will be obtained for the plagiarized content along with the editor-in-chief and then be submitted to the senior associate editors for the final decision. We encourage all authors, reviewers, and readers to adhere to these principles. By addressing plagiarism promptly and diligently, we safeguard the integrity of our journal and uphold the standards of scientific publishing

  1. Copyright and Licensing:

Mushroom Research Foundation retain the copyright to their articles published in the Asian Journal of Mycology.

  • By submitting their manuscript to the Asian Journal of Mycology, authors grant the journal a non-exclusive license to publish their work, enabling the journal to distribute, reproduce, publicly display, and communicate the article in electronic formats and ensuring its availability to a wide audience.
  • Asian Journal of Mycology offers different open-access options to authors. This includes publishing articles under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which allows unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of the work, provided appropriate credit is given to the original authors and source of publication.
  • Authors are free to reuse and republish their own work, subject to any necessary permissions or legal requirements, and may also share their published articles on personal websites, institutional repositories, or other non-commercial platforms, with appropriate attribution to the Asian Journal of Mycology.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to include any copyrighted material, such as images, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations, in their articles. Proper acknowledgements and attributions must be provided for any third-party content used in accordance with relevant copyright laws and guidelines.
  • Requests for permissions to reproduce or reuse articles published in the Asian Journal of Mycology should be directed to the journal's editorial office. Reprint requests for commercial purposes may also be accommodated, subject to appropriate permissions and licensing arrangements. 
  1. Archiving

Asian Journal of Mycology recognizes the importance of long-term access to scholarly research. AJOM is a member of CrossRef, and thus all of its manuscripts are backed up as Doi in the CrossRef system.

  1. Website 
  • Our journal website, including the text that it contains, demonstrates that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards.
  1. Publishing schedule
  • Issue of Asian Journal of Mycology will be published in two issues per volume yearly.
  1. Name of journal
  • AJOM or Asian Journal of Mycology is a unique name and cannot easily be confused with another journal.
  1. Responsibilities of the authors:
  • All authors should have significantly contributed to the research.
  • To gather and interpret data in an honest way, not breach any copyright and seek appropriate permission from the relevant publishers to publish previously published data.
  • To present a concise and accurate report of their research and an objective discussion.
  • To give due recognition to published work relating to their submitted manuscript by way of correct reference and citation.
  • To give due acknowledgement to all workers contributing to the work.
  • To declare all sources of funding for the work.
  • To ensure that a manuscript is submitted for publication in only one journal at a time.
  • During the submission process, authors must declare no conflict of interest.
  • To avoid undue fragmentation of their work into multiple manuscripts.
  • To consider publishing related manuscripts in the same journal or a small group of journals, as this can be of benefit to readers.
  • To ensure their submitted articles contain no personal criticism of other scientists.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  1. Responsibilities of the editors:
  • To acknowledge receipt of manuscripts in a timely manner, arrange fair and timely reviews, handle manuscripts confidentially and make the final decision concerning acceptance or rejection.
  • To accept or reject a manuscript for publication concerning only the manuscript's importance, originality and relevance.
  • To respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  • To make known any conflicts of interest that might arise. Where an editor is an author of a manuscript, it should be passed to another editor for independent peer review.
  • Avoid the use of work reported in unpublished or submitted articles for their own research.
  • Avoid the use of reviewers whom an author has requested not to be consulted.
  • To ensure the confidentiality of reviewers, adjudication and appeal reviewers.
  • To deal fairly with appeals against rejection of a manuscript.
  • To comply with data protection regulations, as appropriate.
  1. Responsibilities of the reviewers:
  • To treat the manuscripts confidential.
  • To destroy/erase the manuscript and to inform the editor should they be unqualified to review the manuscript.
  • To judge the manuscript objectively and in a timely fashion.
  • To inform the editor if there is a conflict of interest.
  • To explain and support their decisions so that editors and authors can understand the basis of their comments and provide reference to published work, where appropriate.
  • To inform the editor of any similarity between the submitted manuscript and another published one.
  • To ensure that all unpublished data, information, interpretation and discussion remain confidential and not to use reported work in unpublished, submitted articles for their own research.
  • To alert the editor if a manuscript contains plagiarized material.
  • Not to retain the submitted manuscript in any form; to comply with data protection regulations.
  • To make known any conflicts of interest that might arise.

About Asian Journal of Mycology

Asian Journal of Mycology publishes reviews, research articles, methodology papers, taxonomic works such as monographs, and checklists which are relevant to fungal biology, including lichens. The official journal language is English.

All manuscripts will undergo peer review before acceptance. Asian Journal of Mycology will publish each manuscript as quickly as possible following acceptance by the editors.

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