The publication of paper in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for our journal “Research Review Journal of Social Science”. It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.
Editor’s Role and Responsibilities
- The editor of the journal 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 as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
- An editor 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 editor and any 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.
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.
Reviewers’ Role and Responsibilities
- Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. 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.
Author’s Role and Responsibilities
- 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 behaviour and is unacceptable.
- Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
- The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
- Authors of reports 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 detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
- 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. Where there are others who 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 on 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.
- 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.
- 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 journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
International Ethics and Codes
Research Review Journal of Social Science is committed to upholding the integrity of the work we accept and publish. The value of academic publishing relies on everyone involved behaving ethically. The following points are only intended to give a broad overview and are not exhaustive. We encourage our authors, academicians, reviewers and editors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website. If you are unsure of a journal-related ethical issue, you might well find the answer in COPE’s wealth of materials, but if you have any query regarding ethical practices please contact the Editor of the Journal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Resources on Publication Ethics and Integrity
- Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) — http://publicationethics.org/
- American Educational Research Association (AERA): http://www.aera.net/Portals/38/docs/About_AERA/CodeOfEthics(1).pdf
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) — http://ethics.od.nih.gov/procedures.htm#protocol
- American Psychological Association (APA) — http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
- World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) — http://www.wame.org/policies-and-resources
- Council of Science Editors (CSE) — http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3331
- British Educational Research Association (BERA) — https://www.bera.ac.uk/researchers-resources/resources-for-researchers
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) — http://www.icmje.org/urm_main.html
- World Medical Association (WMA): http://www.wma.net/en/20activities/10ethics/index.htm
- American Political Science Association (APSA) — http://www.apsanet.org/RESOURCES/For-Faculty/Ethics