RESPONSIBILITIES OF IIERJ EDITOR AND EDITORIAL BOARD
- Decision on the Publication of Article
The Chief Editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles accepted for publication after undergoing double blind peer review should be published. The Chief Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s Editorial Board and subjected to such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. However, the Chief Editor has no authority to influence the reviewers who are conducting the blind review of the articles submitted for peer review.
- Fair Play
Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.
The Chief Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.
Editors have a responsibility to maintain the integrity of the published literature, if required, by publishing errata or corrections identifying anything of significance, retractions, and expressions of concern as quickly as possible. Editor must comply with the policy guidelines provided by the publisher and fulfill the responsibilities bestowed upon with integrity.
Review process: Editors are responsible for monitoring and ensuring the fairness, timeliness, thoroughness, and civility of the peer-review editorial process.
Decision-Making: He/she is entitled to carry out decision-making in consultation with reviewers or members of the editorial board.
Impartiality: An Editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without any bias towards race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
Confidentiality: The Editor or any Editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate depending on the need and stage of processing.
Timely suggestion to the respective journals for covering relevant and significant topic by the Editor is essential for the growth of the journal.
Towards Readers and Scientific Community
- To ensure that the content or the author information present in the manuscript is legible.
- To evaluate all manuscripts such that they fall within the scope of the journal.
- Maintain the journals internal integrity by suggesting the corrections, dealing with retraction, supplemental data etc.
- Working with the publisher to attract the best manuscripts and research that will be of interest to readers.
- Ensure that all involved in the publication process understand that it is inappropriate to manipulate citations.
Suspicion of Misconduct
Suspicion of misconduct can come from different sources. IIERJ Editor-in-Chief may have the time and resources to evaluate submissions using automated tools such as iThenticate: Plagiarism Detection Software. Or, associate editors or reviewers may report suspicions of misconduct. Or readers or the victim of plagiarism may report misconduct after work is published.
Step 1 — Get the facts together.
This is your most important role in this process. If the problem is simultaneous submission, contact the other publication outlet for details on when the publication was submitted and when it was withdrawn or rejected. If the problem is self-plagiarism or duplicate submission, you must compare the submissions and decide (or find someone else who can decide) whether the second article adds anything at all to knowledge in the particular domain. If the problem is plagiarism, request information from complainants and authors that might help establish original authorship. If the problem is other kinds of scholarly misconduct, get as much information as you can from anyone who might have information. Keep records of your communications and your decisions, in case you get to Step 3.
Step 2 — Ask the author for an explanation.
The author may have simply made a mistake, or the author may offer an explanation that satisfies you. If you are satisfied that the author did not deliberately engage in any misconduct at all, you may simply close the case. For example, a reviewer may say that a paper seems to be a duplicate submission. The author, however, may persuade you that this is not the case. You need do no more than wind up the case (see Step 3).
Step 3 – Choose how best to resolve instances of misconduct.
- If the author admits to misconduct, apologizes, and seems to have learned his/her lesson, you may simply chastise the author(s), reject the submission, and wind up the case.
- If, however, any of the following, more serious remedies are needed, then the case should be forwarded to IIERJ Editor-in-Chief, who will probably turn the case over to the PRC.
- Contacting editors at other journals or conferences about duplicate submissions or plagiarized work,
- Alerting administrators or dissertation supervisors about ethical breaches and the need for retraining,
- Contacting authors whose work may have been plagiarized,
- Prohibiting the author from submitting to future IIERJ or conferences,
- Prohibiting the author from being an IARSA member
Step 4 – Wind up the case.
If you resolved the case yourself, you still have two things to do:
- You should inform complainants (e.g., reviewers or IIERJ Editor-in-Chief), if any, of the actions you have taken, while not violating confidentiality.
- You must also send a summary report of the case to the Chair of the Publications and Research Committee providing details of it. At minimum, this summary should name all parties involved, identify all papers involved and the places where they were submitted, accepted or published, indicate the actions that you have taken and explain why you consider the case to have been closed and not require PRC action. If you think that there are any significant lessons learned from the case that you would like to share with the PRC, please feel free to say so. If you think that there is a need for changes to any IARSA document or bylaw, again, please feel free to say so.
If you have turned the case over to the IIERJ Editor-in-Chief, you do not need to send the summary report, but you do need to inform complainants and authors that you have done that.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PUBLISHERS
Publishers should provide reasonable practical support to editors and define the relationship between publishers, editor and other parties in a contract. Publishers should protect intellectual property and copyright. Publishers should foster editorial independence. Publishers should work with journal editors to set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to editorial independence, research ethics, authorship, transparency and integrity.
Publishers should communicate and periodically review journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, and peer reviewers). Publishers are responsible for publishing corrections, clarifications and retractions.
Journals published by IIERJ, IARSA International Education and Research Journal are following timely rigorous peer review process to bring the recent and novel scientific information at its best possible mode. As a publisher the following policies are being considered:
- Supporting fair and timely Peer review process with the valuable inputs and from the responsible Editors and Reviewers.
- The publisher adheres to the guidelines and procedure designed to ensure the fair and best practice followed by the industry.
- Making constructive recommendations for improving the overall process along with better production support and global dissemination of the information published in the journals.
- The publisher ensures the smooth functioning of the web development, web management, social media management for journals and articles with the help of the staff members.
- With the vision to make scientific valuable researched information “Open Access”, IIERJ -, IARSA International Education and Research Journal is striving towards designing and launching innovative ways to showcase