Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Journal editor’s responsibilities
General duties and responsibilities
The editor(s) are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published. The decision of the editor(s) to accept or reject a manuscript should be based on the importance of the manuscript, its originality and clarity, the validity of the study and its relevance to the journal’s scope. Considerations will also include current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor(s) are accountable for everything published in the journal and should therefore:
- Work towards improving the contents of the journal;
- Adopt peer review methods best suited for the journal and the research community it serves;
- Ensure that all manuscripts have been reviewed by appropriate reviewers;
- Ensure quality assurance processes are in place for the material that is published; and
- Uphold the highest standards of integrity, intellectual rigour and ethics.
The editor(s) will not disclose any information about the submitted manuscripts or their authors to anyone other than the author(s) and reviewer(s), as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
The editor(s) will not use submitted material in any way whatsoever without the written consent of the author(s).
Journal reviewer’s responsibilities
The reviewer’s role is to assist the editor(s) in making editorial decisions and also to assist the author(s) to improve the manuscript for possible publication. In order to perform this role efficiently, the reviewer should:
- Ensure that the time limit of four weeks is strictly observed or withdraw from the review process timeously;
- Evaluate the manuscript objectively according to the purpose of the journal, the originality of the contribution and how well the arguments have been argued and substantiated;
- Provide comments which are supported with reasons for the judgment;
- Ensure that all citations have been included in the reference list;
- Alert the editor(s) immediately if there is any suspicion of plagiarism or unacknowledged sources;
- Respect confidentiality at all times and not discuss the manuscript being reviewed with anyone other than the editor.
Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. The data should be represented accurately with sufficient detail and references. Authors should thus ensure:
- That the work submitted is original;
- That the work of others is properly cited and referenced in the bibliography;
- That the journal’s style guide has been followed;
- That the language and referencing has been edited;
- That the same work has not been published in or submitted to another journal;
- That all contributors to the work have been acknowledged;
- That all sources of financial support for the study are acknowledged;
- That if any fundamental errors are discovered in published works, the author notifies the journal editor promptly and assists the editor to retract or correct the error in the form of an erratum; and
- That all communication will be conducted between the editor(s) and corresponding author only.
Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE). 2011. Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Available at http://www.publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors. (Retrieved on 24 July 2018).
Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTAL). Available at: http://cristal.epubs.ac.za/index.php/cristal/ethics. (Retrieved on 24 July 2018).
PsychOpen (n.d.). Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement. Available at http://psychopen.eu/fieladmin/user_upload/documents/guidelines/publoication_ethics_and_publication_malpractice_statement.pdf. (Retrieved on 24 July 2018).