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An International Research Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences

ISSN: 2395-2423 (Online)
ISSN: 2319-7889 (Print)

Publication Ethics

The journal accepts only original and unpublished research paper which is not sent for publication elsewhere. It does not republish any paper. There is zero tolerance for plagiarism.

The journal follows the general publication ethics in research declared by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) at: http://publicationethics.org

Besides the above information, author of a research paper is requested to follow the following guidelines:

(i) submit only an original scholarly research paper for consideration following MLA style
(ii) mention all sources in their research papers
(iii) wait for the response of the review process
(iv) mention the funding agency of research, if it has been funded

Editors shall:

(i) not disclose the identity of authors, referees or reviewers
(ii) work independently and impartially
(iii) inform the author about acceptance or rejection of the paper as soon as possible
(iv) inform about the publication of paper on time

Reviewers shall:

(i) review the papers honestly
(ii) follow the provided guidelines in the format for suitability and quality of the papers
(iii) suggest all issues regarding breach of ethics and ‘research standards’ clearly
(iv) help and cooperate with the editors by providing useful feedback on time
(v) keep review process confidential
 

COPYRIGHT ISSUES

Authors have to get permission of ‘copyrighted material’ wherever needed before using them in their research. The views expressed in the research papers, book reviews and poems are those of the authors only. The editor-in-chief, members of the editorial board, advisory board, guest editor/handling editor and publishers do not accept any liabilities with respect to the matter published in the journal. If any copyright and ethical violation occurs in the published matter, the editor-in-chief and publishers reserve the sole right to ‘retract’ the published matter (online) and bring out all information.

All published papers, book reviews and poems are freely accessible for study and research purposes. They can be uploaded by the authors on their personal websites and shared for academic purposes. The first copyright of all published matter is reserved with the editor-in-chief and publishers. Except for personal reading, discussion and citation in researches, the published matter should not be used or reproduced without prior written permission of the editor-in-chief and publisher. Moral rights are reserved with the authors.
 

REVIEW PROCESS

Initially the editor-in-chief or handling editor assesses each manuscript to determine its suitability for publication. If he finds it suitable then he sends it to a referee for review and suggestions. If he does not find it suitable for consideration then he sends it back to the author to resend it after following the guidelines of the journal and incorporating the required information. If he finds it more unsuitable then he rejects it at this stage.

After passing through the review process, the manuscript is sent back to the author with suggestions for a thorough revision, amendment and correction, if needed. If a manuscript is found unsuitable by the referee then the information is passed to the author. The referee keeps in mind the ‘quality and suitability’ of the manuscript in order to recommend it to the editor-in-chief or handling editor for publication. Following are some of the important points taken into consideration:

1. Title: Is the title of the paper adequate for the content, informative, concise, and clear?
2. Abstract: Is it comprehensive by itself? Is the important and essential information of the paper included?
3. References: Are appropriate and adequate references to related works covered sufficiently in the Works Cited section?
4. Structure and length: Is the overall structure of the paper well organized and well balanced? Is it written with the minimum length necessary for all relevant information?
5. Logic: Is it written clearly and correctly? Is it logically consistent?
6. Literature Review: Is literature review adequate?
7. Figures and tables: Are they essential and clearly presented?
8. English: Is the language used in the paper readable and good enough to convey the scientific meaning correctly?
9. Have Author Guidelines been followed properly in preparing it?
10. Do the analysis and findings support objectives of the paper?
11. Ethical issues: Is it not plagiarized in part or whole?
12. Novelty and originality: Is the paper novel and original? Does it contain material that is new or adds significantly to knowledge already published?
13. Importance and impact: Are the presented results of significant importance and impact to advancement in the relevant field of research? Is this paper likely to be cited in the future?
14. Relevance: Is the paper scientifically sound and not misleading? Does it provide sufficient in-depth discussion or the understanding in view of its application?

The review process takes about three months after acknowledgement. It also depends on the availability of the reviewers.

The final decision to accept or reject a manuscript rests with the editor-in-chief.

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