Publication ethics and malpractice statement
Outlined below are the ethical behavior expected from Editors, Reviewers, Authors and Publisher of Journals under KnowEx Online published by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM).
The ethical guidelines here are prepared based on the COPE https://publicationethics.org/ (Committee on Publication Ethics)
Responsibilities of the editor/editorial board
- Editor in chief in consultation with the editorial board will be making the final decision on the manuscripts and will consider legal aspects such as libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism in making the decision.
- Upon rejection, editors should convey the authors as to why the rejection decision was made.
- Editors should not disclose any material related to the manuscript external parties who are not related with the manuscript publication process. (Apart from corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher)
- Editors should not follow any discriminatory practices based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religiosity, political orientation of authors in the evaluation process.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
- Contribution to editors and authors: Reviewers, through their comments should assist potential editorial decisions by providing fair, honest, and unbiased assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript and assist authors to develop their manuscripts.
- Conflict of interest and biasness: Reviewers should ensure to declare all potential competing, or conflicting, interests. If you are unsure about a potential competing interest that may prevent you from reviewing, communicate the same to organizing committee. Also, remain unbiased by considerations related to the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, origins of a manuscript or by commercial considerations
- Timeliness: Reviewers should inform the editors if the manuscript cannot be reviewed as per the time given for the review until it is too late.
- Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and refrain from using information obtained during the peer review process for your own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
- Accountability: Do not delegate the authority to any other person with regard to reviewing the manuscript without obtaining permission of journal editors. Review reports also should be prepared by yourself.
Responsibilities of Authors
- Authorship: authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study and identified as co-authors to the paper. Others who supported the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, all of them have gone through the final copy and agreed for the submission for publication.
- Originality: The manuscript being submitted for publication should be entirely original work of the author
- Plagiarism: Authors should refrain from plagiarism. Plagiarism consist of below different types and all are unethical and unacceptable.
- Pretending another author’s paper as your own paper
- Copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper without proper acknowledgement
- Claiming results from research conducted by others as own results
- Multiple and Concurrent publication: Author should not publish the same paper in more than one journal or primary publication. A paper submitted to one journal/ proceeding should not published or under consideration for publication in another journal/ proceeding. Submitting one paper concurrently to several journals/ proceedings is also not acceptable.
- Acknowledging Sources: Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. In text citation and providing a list of references is a must in this regard. Information obtained through confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used unless you have explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: all authors should disclose in their financial or other form of conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. Sources of financial support received for the research via grants or donations should be acknowledged. If authors get to know that there are erroneous contents on a published paper, they should promptly notify the same to journal editor.