Principles of Transparency and Best Practice

1. Website

The URL of official journal web site is

It is the mission of our editorial team endeavors to maintain a website offering high-quality and peer-reviewed research to global readers and physicians, which demonstrates our commitment in ensuring high ethical and professional standards. Nothing here contains any misleading information, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site.

2. Name of Journal

The official journal title is Life Cycle (herein “LC”), the abbreviation of ISO is Life Cycle.

3. Peer Review Process

The LC adopts a single-blind peer review for all manuscripts received. A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal. If the manuscript if found not to be suitable for the aims and scope of the Journal or does not adhere to the Instructions for authors, it shall be returned to the author immediately after receipt and without a review. Before reviewing, all submitted manuscripts are inspected by a Similarity Check powered by iThenticate (, a plagiarism-screening tool which will make a first decision about your submission.

Your manuscripts will then be sent to two or more most relevant investigators for review of the contents. The editor will select peer referees by recommendation of the Editorial Board members or from the specialist database owned by the Editorial Board. The peer review process will generally take four to eight weeks since submission of the manuscript.

Details of our online submission and peer review system can be found at

4. Ownership and Management

This journal is owned by the publisher, the Life Cycle in South Korea.

5 Governing Body

The governing body is the journal's editorial board.

6. Editorial Team and Contact Information

The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors and members of journal management team are displayed on the Journal Info (Editorial board) tab of journal homepage, and the contact information for the editorial office is on the Journal Info (Contact information) tab.

7. Copyright and Licensing

Copyright to all published materials is owned by the Life Cycle. All authors should agree to the copyright transfer during the submission process.

LC is an open access journal. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To use the tables or figures of LC in other journals, books or media for scholarly, educational purposes, the process of permission request to the publisher is not necessary. All contents of the journal are available immediately upon publication without embargo period.

8. Author Fees

There shall be no submission fee for the submission of manuscripts to the publisher.

Furthermore, the Publication fee (article processing fee) for authors will be waived until 2023.

9. Process for Identification of and Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct

When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problems with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and so on, the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics ( The discussion and decision on the suspected cases are carried out by the Editorial Board.

10. Publication Ethics

LC follows the Guideline on Good Publication of COPE (

Our publication ethics are displayed on the For Authors (Author Guidelines) tab of journal homepage.

11. Publishing Schedule

LC is published continuously (upon acceptance). Specific schedules shall be noticed if needed.

12. Access

LC is an open access journal. A free full-text service both in the XML and PDF formats is available immediately upon publication without embargo period.

13. Archiving

Articles shall be accessible without barrier from National Library of Korea ( in the event a journal is no longer published. Authors cannot archive pre-print (i.e., pre-refereeing) but can archive post-print (i.e., final draft post-refereeing) and the publisher’s version/PDF.

14. Revenues sources

Revenue sources of journal are from the support of the publisher (Life Cycle) and author fees.

15. Advertising

LC does not accept any commercial product advertisements until policy changes otherwise.

16. Direct Marketing

Journal propagation has been done through the journal web site and distribution of an introduction pamphlet. Invitations to submit a manuscript are usually focused on the presenters at conferences, seminars, or workshops if the topic is related to the journal's aims and scope.