JOURNAL OF STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (JSSSH) E-ISSN : 2413-9270A Journal of International Educational & Social Sciences Association (IESSA)
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or a Research Ethics Committee (REC) should be sought before executing research that involves human participants, and it should be described in Recruitment of Participants under the Methods section of the manuscript. It should be reported that participants were engaged in the study after gaining written informed consent and that their identity will not be disclosed at any time in the future. The participants’ personal or professional life should not be at risk due to their involvement in the research. Any sensitive data must be reported with the utmost care, anonymity, and confidentiality, particularly in qualitative studies, where researchers work very closely with the participants.
The journal follows publication ethics and strict guidelines to deal with malpractices. The issues such as data manipulation, plagiarism, undue credit given to authors not practically contributing to a manuscript, misuse of images, audio, video recordings or exploiting the personal information of the participants and other such unethical practices are strictly handled by the Editor/s of the journal with a zero-tolerance policy.
Plagiarism and manipulation of data such as images and audio or video recordings will not be accepted at any cost. A manuscript having plagiarism at any stage during the submission, review, or publication process will be rejected. A manuscript will be withdrawn or retracted by the journal if the plagiarism is reported or detected after the publication, and the editorial office will notify this on our webpage. Plagiarism is defined as producing or re-producing a text, data in any form or idea without appropriate citation of the original sources. The authors are recommended to avoid self-plagiarized content that is not properly cited and/or substantially re-produced.
The images, audios, and videos are prohibited and considered highly unethical if they are subject to forging or adjusted in any form. An identification of manipulation in any form of qualitative or quantitative data during the review, publication process or after the publication would be rejected or retracted. The authors should report the results impartially and remain unbiased while discussing these results.
The authors are required to protect the data in any form reported in the manuscript for at least one year after the publication of the manuscript so that it may be produced in case of an objection or violation of ethical principles of publication identified or reported later on. If authors themselves found inaccuracies or discrepancies, they should bring it into the notice of the Editor for rectification on an urgent basis.
A manuscript submitted to another journal concurrently will be rejected. It is strictly prohibited to translate an already published content into the English language and submit to the journal. Also, the authors should reveal a possible conflict of interest, if there is any, in the manuscript before submission to the journal.
An individual would qualify as an author if he/she had sustainably contributed to a manuscript in terms of conceptualization of the research problem, design of the research, data collection, analysis, presentation, revision, editing, or drafting of the manuscript.
A replacement or addition of an author in the list should be supported by all the other authors already included in the list provided evidence of contribution is established. The corresponding author should coordinate between the editorial office and all the other authors for reaching a numinous decision about the inclusion of another author or making a change in the author list. An addition or change in the author list will not be supported if we can not find evidence of contribution by the concerned author.
The authors and reviewers should reveal their personal interests, benefits, or relationships that could unethically affect the authorship or evaluation of the manuscripts. Conflict of interests may occur in the form of financial gains such as a monetary grant, scholarship, funding, paid position or employment, and non-monetary benefits such as promoting personal relationships, professional development, promotions, or up-gradation in the job status.
All manuscripts submitted to the journal are preliminarily scrutinized by the editorial office to examine whether they strictly adhere to the ethical policy of the journal. In case of violation of the journal’s ethical policy for the publication of manuscripts, they are immediately rejected without proceeding a peer-review.
It is the responsibility of authors, reviewers, and the editorial office of the journal to mutually cooperate to find out a violation of any of the above-mentioned guidelines, identify malpractices or any other misconduct that is judged to be against the ethical values of researching, reporting and publishing a scientific manuscript. The editorial office should contact to concerned author, organization, or funding agency for appropriate measures that may be taken for rectification of the published content or any other action that may be taken by the relevant person or a body.
The authors, reviewers, and editors have the right to appeal to the Editor of the Journal. The authors may appeal a rejection of their manuscript by presenting a detailed description of the justification as per the objections raised by the reviewer/s and/or the editorial office. The Editor may engage reviewer/s, any member of the editorial board, and associate editor/s to reconsider the status of the manuscript. Any decision taken at this stage is considered final and cannot be challenged.