Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement – Scientific Research Journals
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Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement

Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement

International Journal of Applied Social Science is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that is published monthly, in Print version as an open-access publication by the Shiv Shiksha Sadan Samiti based in India, and the publisher adopted the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Articles considered for publication have to be submitted in English.

We are confident that unambiguous and consistent guidelines for editors, reviewers, and authors enhance the quality of published research as well as ensure a fair and accurate reviewing and publishing process. Compliance with the following responsibilities is mandatory:

Editor’s Ethics

– That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors.

– Editors ensure that all published research articles are subjected to a double-blind peer-review process by qualified reviewers.

– Editor takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript.

– Editors guarantee that conflicts of interest between authors and peer reviewers are declared.

– Editors provide clear criteria for a comprehensive peer review process.

– That information pertaining to manuscripts are kept confidential.

– That any observed conflict of interest pertaining to manuscripts must be disclosed.

– Editors promote the publication of corrections in case of errors and consider retraction of articles if deemed necessary

Author’s Ethics

Submitted manuscripts should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Data, facts and figures should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.

Originality and Plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, which are not partially or totally published elsewhere, or submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission in the case of using other images and artwork or for adaptations of such images, if they do not have copyright for them.

Authors must be noted that all manuscripts will be checked by Plagiarism Scanner Software. Plagiarism will be followed by the rejection of the manuscript. Authors have full responsibility for the authenticity of their paper.

Copyright: Published articles are under the copyright of the journal. Partially or totally publication of an article elsewhere is possible only after the consent from the editors. Any claims on copyright will be addressed with the highest priority. A revert mail will be dispatched within 7 WORKING days provided the claim is supported by documented evidence.

Authorship of the Paper: 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 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. The corresponding author must maintain the communication with all the co-authors.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Reviewer’s Ethics

– That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of the author(s).

– That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor. That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential.

– That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.

– Reviewers guarantee to be free of conflicts of interest with respect to the research topic, the author(s), and/or other parties involved and to otherwise declare so in advance and renounce the assignment with immediate effect.

Publisher’s Ethics

– The publisher ensures that the Publishing Ethics standards and the procedures for dealing with unethical behavior are met at any stage of the publication process by all actors involved.

– The publisher ensures the integrity of the academic record.

– The publisher constantly strives to further develop models of good practice in close cooperation with the editorial board, reviewers, and authors.

– The publisher promotes freedom of expression at all levels of the publication process and ensures that intellectual standards are not affected by commercial issues and interests.

Contribution to editorial decisions:

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method. Journal shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


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.

Standards of objectivity:

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources:

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest:

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. 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.

Publication Malpractice

Before and after publication, If any manuscript is found plagiarized, infringing intellectual rights of an author’s work etc. it will be removed from the journal and author will be blacklisted from our journal system. Also, he/she has to bear the legal action started by original author/owner.

(These guidelines are based on existing Elsevier policies and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors).