Publication Ethics

Our Publication Ethics are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Followings are rules and responsibilities of the publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors in details.

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Publisher

  1. Determine journal name, scopes, and accreditation status when necessary
  2. Select editorial board members
  3. Define the relationship between publisher, editors, reviewers and other parties involved in the contract
  4. Appreciate confidentiality for contributing researchers, authors, editors, and reviewers
  5. Apply norms and conditions related to intellectual richness, especially copyright
  6. Do review the journal policy and deliver it to the authors, editorial board, reviewers, and readers
  7. Establish a guide to ethics for the editors and reviewers
  8. Publish journal articles regularly
  9. Ensure the availability of sponsorship for journal publication
  10. Build cooperation and marketing networks
  11. Prepare permissions and other legal aspects

  General Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors

  1. Meet the needs of readers and authors
  2. Seek to improve the sustained quality of the publication
  3. Apply processes to ensure the quality of the published manuscripts
  4. Put forward freedom to express opinions objectively
  5. Maintain the integrity of authors’ academic tracks  
  6. Submit corrections, clarifications, withdrawals, and apologies when necessary
  7. Be responsible for the manuscript styles and format; however, the content and all statements are authors’ responsibility
  8. Actively ask for opinions from the authors, reviewers, and members of the editorial board to enhance the quality of the publication
  9. Encourage assessment for findings published in the journal
  10. Support the initiative to reduce research and publication errors by requesting authors to attach Ethical Clearance form which has been approved by the Ethical Clearance Commission
  11. Support the initiative to educate researchers about publication ethics
  12. Review the effects of publication policy on authors and reviewers’ attitudes to promote responsibility and minimize errors
  13. Be open minded towards new ideas or perspectives that might contradict their own
  14. Make objective decisions by avoiding being persistent to particular opinions (of editors, of authors, or of third parties
  15. Encourage authors to revise manuscripts until they are published

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Reviewers

  1. Review manuscripts assigned by the editors and send the results back to them as the consideration for publication
  2. Review manuscripts within the given time and according to the submission guidelines and scientific publication principles (data collection method, authors legality, conclusion, etc.)
  3. Re-review manuscripts which have been revised by the authors based on the predetermined standards
  4. Encourage authors to revise manuscripts by providing critiques, suggestions, and recommendations
  5. Keep the authors’ privacy by not publishing the results of the review, suggestions, and recommendations  
  6. Do not review manuscripts written by themselves, both directly and indirectly

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Authors

  1. Make sure that the criteria of an author have been met
  2. Be responsible collectively for the content of the manuscripts including method, analysis, discussion, and details
  3. Mention research resources (including funding) both from direct and indirect supports
  4. Explain research limitations
  5. Provide feedback to the results of the review on time and professionally
  6. Inform the editors about a manuscript withdrawal
  7. Appreciate requests from the publisher for not publishing findings through interviews or other media before the manuscripts are published
  8. Inform the editors about manuscripts that belong to a longitudinal, multidisciplinary study (or written from different perspectives)