The Editor’s Responsibilities
- Establishing and maintaining the quality of the journal by publishing quality papers in the journal.
- Promotion of freedom of expression within the cultural, constitutional/legal framework,
- Providing integrity and credibility of the research contributions,
- Meeting the needs of authors and readers,
- Maintaining ethical standards of the journal,
- Providing corrigendum for any correction, clarification, and apologies where
- Encourage new ideas and suggestions of authors, peer reviewers, members of the editorial board, and readers for improving the quality of the journal,
- Apply the process of blind peer review in true letter and spirit,
- Promote innovative findings in the respective field and publish them on priority,
- Promote anti-plagiarism policy,
- Educate contributors (authors) about ethical practices in research, and
- Implement the journal’s policy and revise the policy from time to
- The Editorial Board is comprised of national and international well-known experts and is responsible for the following:
- maintain quality of the journal and select credible research work,
- ensure smooth functioning of the journal and advise and support the editor
- Provide feedback on past issues
Fair play and Impartiality
- The criteria for the selection of research papers is impartial and the Editor selects academically and scientifically sound articles,
The Editor is responsible to:
- respond to the author (s) of the papers submitted for publication, and
- Assign a specific number to an article submitted for processing, and pay impartial consideration to all research papers submitted for
- ensure evaluation of the content of research papers impartially,
- Disregard the discriminating factors, g., gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, cultural sentiments, political affiliation, seniority, and/or institutional association of the author(s) while selecting articles for publication,
- ensure impartiality of the review process by informing the reviewer (s) that s/he needs to disclose any conflicts of interest regarding the submitted research paper.
- The Editor has to ensure confidentiality of the author(s) and reviewers during the process of double-blind peer review,
- Information pertaining to a research paper will not be disclosed by the Editor to anyone except the author(s), reviewer(s), and editorial board members,
- Upon reaching a decision about a research paper, only the Editor may disclose or announce the title of the study and the name of the author(s) that have been accepted for publication. Any other information may only be disclosed with the prior approval of the
- Confidentiality of the participants of the research will also be ensured by protecting personal information (e.g. identifiable personal details, images, and/or individual results). Editor declares clear guidelines to the contributors (authors) regarding confidentiality of the individual
- Prior to publication, the content of the manuscript will be kept confidential, both the
Editor and reviewer(s) will not share or use any part of the work.
Editing and Formatting Guidelines
- Journal provides clear guidelines about preparing and formatting a paper.
- The guidelines cover information related to 'content' and 'format' of a research paper,
Dealing with Misconduct
- The Editor encourages reviewers to comment on ethical issues and possible research
and publication misconduct (e.g. inappropriate research design, incomplete detail on participant's consent, data manipulation, and presentation).
- The Editor encourages reviewers to comment on the validity of the submitted research paper and identify the 'subtle (simply copy-paste)' and/or 'blatant (paraphrasing)' types of plagiarism, if, practiced by the author(s).
- The Editor confirm plagiarism (carry out the objective check through Turnitin) and/or searching for similar titles to the submitted research paper, and
- The Editor is responsible to publish a corrigendum, remove and retract a plagiarized article if it comes to his/her knowledge subsequent to its publication.
- The Editor ensures that multiple papers as a principal investigator submitted by an author should not be published in the same issue.
- Only ONE co-authorship is allowed for those authors who also contribute a research paper as a principal investigator in the same issue.
- For the members of the Editorial Board (including the Editor), it will only be limited to ONE paper per issue either to submit a research paper as a principal investigator or co-author.
Conflict of Interest
- The Editor will not edit a submitted paper for those author(s) and/or institution against which s/he has any conflicts of interest (e.g. resulting from competitive, collaborative, and/or professional standing).
- The Editor will also apply this guideline to their reviewers and Editorial Board
- The Editor must publish a list of common interests (e.g. financial, academic, and/or any other type) for all Editorial Board members and editorial This list should be updated from time to time.
- To ensure unbiased review, the Editor has to declare a clear cut policy for his/her own submission
and a research paper submitted by an Editorial Board member.
- In case of the article (s) submitted by the Editor, the decision pertaining to the editor's submitted article/s, one of the Associate Editors will take responsibility for the evaluation of the article, and information pertaining to reviewers should be kept
- The Editor is responsible to not use any unpublished information/data from the submitted research paper without the permission of the author(s), and
- Any information received after the peer review process will be kept confidential and not used for personal
- The Editor will only shortlist research papers that have relevance to the scope of the journal clearly stated in the Journal, using his /her judgment, but without any personal
- After completion of the reviewing process, the submission of the revised manuscript, and assessing the quality and validity, the Editor has a right to accept or reject a research
- The Editor's decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication must be based purely on merit, academic standards, and professional demands of the journal.
- The Editor will justify the reason (s) for rejecting a research paper to author(s). This may include:
- Failure to fit in the scope of the journal (maybe communicated after preliminary review)
- Insufficient depth of content
- Major errors related to design, analysis, writing up, and format
- Any misconduct or conflicting factors (e.g. plagiarism, copyright infringement, legal issues, fake data, authorship issues)
- The Editor is required to timely communicate the editorial decision to the author(s),
- The Editors cannot reverse decisions in favor or against the author(s) on their
Establishing a Procedure for Appeal
- The Editor is responsible for establishing a proper mechanism for appeals launched against:
- The rejection of a research
- Objections to publications causing harm to any
- Infringement of Ethical boundaries in any.