Graduate Research Guidelines for Ethical Journal Publication
Journal of Graduate Research accepts both academic and research articles for publication in various fields including: Education, Psychology, Multidisciplinary Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics, Business Administration and Management. In order for publications to comply with international standards, ethical guidelines have been established for authors, reviewers and editorial board members, which will be strictly enforced.
Responsibilities of Author(s):
1. All authors whose names appear in the article must certify that they have actively participated in the research.
2. Research articles must clearly state any funds or grants received, and explicitly outline any conflict of interest (if any).
3. The article must be complete, correct and in accordance with the required format of the Journal.
4. The article must not be plagiarized, and author(s) must certify that the article has not been previously published or in the process of being reviewed for publication in other journals (in any other languages). If, at a later time, it is found that the same article was indeed published elsewhere, any copyright violations are solely the responsibility of the author(s).
5. Author(s) must ensure to conduct their research in a fair and ethical manner.
6. Research findings must be reported without manipulation or falsification. If errors or distortions are found after the article has been submitted, the editorial board must be notified immediately.
7. Author(s) must ensure to use proper in-text citations and references, and to give credit to the source of their information.
8. If there is a complaint about violation of ethics relating to a research or a publication, and the editorial board has found the complaint to be valid and substantial, withdrawal of the article must be conducted.
9. A research article involving human subjects should seek the approval of the Human Ethics Committee (if any), and author(s) must submit the approval form along with the article to the editorial board for further consideration and review.
10. Author(s) must attest that data in the article are genuine and there are no copyright infringements or intellectual property violations in the article.
11. Published articles in the journal are copyrighted and it is prohibited to reproduce all or parts of the articles unless the editorial board grants permission to do so.
Responsibilities of Editors:
1. Appoint editorial board members, with expertise in relevant fields, according to the policies of the journal; Editors shall further publicize the names of board members and their affiliations in the journal’s website.
2. Provide accurate contact information of the journal in the journal’s website.
3. Provide author(s) and reviewers’ information regarding various steps to article submission and inform about publication fees.
4. Select, review and scrutinize submitted articles for quality of contents based on the objectives and scope of the journal.
5. Ensure timely issuance of the journal.
6. Maintain confidentiality in respect to author(s) and reviewers’ details.
7. Publish only those articles that have undergone rigorous reviews.
8. Examine and reject articles that have been published elsewhere.
9. Editors’ rejection of articles should not be based on emotions and for personal reasons.
10. There should not be any conflict of interest amongst authors, reviewers and editorial board members.
11. Upon discovery of plagiarism, editors must temporarily suspend the evaluation processes and immediately notify the author(s) to seek further explanations and clarifications.
12. Editors must examine the accuracy and completion of to be published articles, and must elaborate on corrections (if any) and / or withdrawals of any articles.
13. Editors must examine and ensure that published articles do not violate laws and intellectual property guidelines.
14. Editors must examine and ensure that the processes relating to article evaluation are confidential, just, unbiased and prompt.
15. Editors are responsible to correctly and justly manage and solve research ethics violation problems relating to articles.
Responsibilities of Reviewers:
1. Ensure that all or parts of the article are kept confidential and not revealed to uninvolved individuals during the entire assessment process.
2. Reviewers must refuse assessing an article when there is a conflict of interest with the author, for instance, if the reviewer is a co-author or is an expert in verifying the research instruments or for other reasons, which may interfere with free and independent assessment of the article.
3. Assess articles in one’s field of specialization based on significance of the contents, quality of data analyzed, and based on the depth and scope of the work.
4. Assess articles academically, factually, objectively, unbiasedly, and promptly.
5. Reviewers must immediately notify the editorial board, should there be any doubt or hesitation regarding all or parts of an article being similar to others.