Publication Ethics

Our Scholarly Journals requires all editors, authors and reviewers to adhere to the ethical standards as prescribed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As we are part of the international publications, SOAJ strictly believes to follow the standard publication ethics about editorship, authorship and peer-review.

Obligations for Authors

We believe that all the authors who submit their own research is of genuine and never submitted before in any other related journal for publication or never been published already. Plagiarism would be strictly scrutinized by our highly efficient editorial team who strive towards quality of the journal to meet our international standards.

Originality: Research published by the author must be of 100% original from his/her side without matching any other research or in the past. The work is to be of author’s own with authentic sources.

Author contribution: Author contribution or Authorship with the true efforts of all the authors along with the corresponding author. Thereby all the authors stand responsible for the inputs, research and outcomes of the quality and conclusion from the paper.

Funding Statement: In the modern days, research is more supported by the institutes and the government than it used to be in past days. As most of the research across the world is being funded, a Funding statement from the author that includes the funding body and the grant number would make things easy for recognizing the research.

Citation manipulation: Other than the purpose of presenting a research, if the author tends to increase his/her own citation it leads to Citation Manipulation. Citation Manipulation may lead to rejection of manuscript by SOAJ.

Plagiarism: Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere. Our highly efficient systems are capable of opt out plagiarised articles within no time. Identifying of the same would lead to rejection of the manuscript by SOAJ.

Obligations for Reviewers

Peer reviewers are external experts chosen by editors to provide written opinions, with the aim of improving the study. Peer reviewers play a central and critical part in the peer-review process.

Unbiased: It is highly recommended to have purely unbiased and polite reviewing for all the papers our reviewers are subjected to. Biasing the research that could lead to over glorification or degradation of its values is not encouraged.

Confidentiality: SOAJ considers any unpublished information about the peer-review process of any particular paper to be highly confidential, and reviewers are not supposed to disclose the same during or after the peer-review process.

No to Criticism: Reviewer can give out his feedback in developing the paper’s quality but he/she is not have right to criticise the author personally.

Elaborate review: The reviews must be elaborate in order to catch the eyes of author and editor without any further miscommunication and save valuable time for everyone in making the process smooth and fast.

Refer to review: The reviewer must be able to provide exact information along with citation if there is any need to change or modify the content of the paper as a part of revision. The information helps author to compare his/her work with the cited article for further development.

Obligations for Editors

Editors are the stewards for the journal and we expect editors to give unbiased decisions towards the fate of any article.

Actions:

  • Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish
  • Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
  • Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
  • Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct
  • Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals
  • Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them
  • Editors should have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest

Guidelines for Retracting Articles

SOAJ is dedicated to maintain the high standards rigorous and rapid peer-review with strict ethical policies. Infringements of ethical codes, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, will be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance. Authors should be aware of the submission policy of SOAJ.

The integrity and comprehensiveness of the published articles is highly recognized by SOAJ. Archives of the published articles will be available unaltered. The articles are published only under the guidance of Editors for the particular journal. However at times it is difficult to detect the misconduct or scientific dispute for an article. Thus, it becomes necessary to erratum the articles published. SOAJ requests author to consider this decision strictly. Action depends on the individual case and can take the form of

  • Expression of Concern
  • Correction (Erratum or Corrigendum)
  • Retraction
  • Removal

The purpose of this policy is to correct the content and to vigilant its readers, not intended to rebuke the author(s).

The editor of the particular journal will hold the responsibility of scrutinizing the misconduct or scientific dispute of an article. Authors and reviewers will also be a part of the investigation. The editor will hold the ultimate decision regarding the corrections in the scholarly record. Guiding principles are COPE's Retraction Guidelines and other accepted scholarly principles.

These minor errors do not affect either the reader’s ability to understand the article or the metadata which don’t alter the scientific content; omissions are corrected such that the original article is replaced with the corrected version.

If the final action originates from an author's request, SOAJ will help to process it without any extra fees. If the measures taken (e.g. a retraction) were not informed by the author(s) or are even taken without mutual agreement, the author(s) will not be financially compensated and Article Processing Charges (APC) will not be reimbursed.