Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement Print E-mail
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal of Library and Information Studies (JLIS) (ISSN: 1606-7509) is a semi-annual open-access peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually for researchers, librarians, archivists, and educators in the field of library and information science. The JLIS commits to maintaining and supporting ethical research practices. All parties involved in submitting and publishing articles in the JLIS (i.e., editors, authors, reviewers, publication staff, and the publisher) shall abide by the following guidelines based on the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and aim to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

Publication Process

All submissions are sent for double-blind review to at least two scholars with relevant expertise. Peer reviewers are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and provide constructive suggestions. The editors respond to the author with their decision and changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication.

Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) style may be returned to the author for amendment. Contributors of accepted articles will receive two free copies of the issue.

While every effort is made by the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. The editorial board and editors take no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements.

Duties of Editors

1. Decision on the Publication of Articles

The editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor in chief is guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and can choose to disregard any material that breaks any legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

2. Fair Play

Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors. Manuscripts for special issues shall be handled in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.

3. Confidentiality

The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisers.

4. Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has access to the manuscript (while handling it) without the written consent of the author. If a member on the editorial board or an editorial staff is listed as a contributor of a submitted manuscript, he or she must declare conflicts of interest and be deferred from performing any reviewing tasks related to the manuscript.

5. Plagiarism

Editorial staff must check the originality and similarity of all the submitted manuscripts by adequate software or tools. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.

Duties of Reviewers

1. Contribution to editorial decision

Reviewers assist the editors and the editorial board in making editorial decisions, while the comments which arise from peer review may also assist the author in improving the paper.

2. Promptness

Any reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.

3. Confidentiality

Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors. Information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

4. Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

5. Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Reviewers should call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

6. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Reviewers should be aware of any potential conflicts of interest and decline to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from financial, competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors.

Duties of Authors

Authors are responsible for submitting manuscripts that follow the JLIS Author Guide. Details are stated below:

1. Originality

All submitted articles should be original works and not concurrently under consideration by any other publication. An author should not borrow substantially from his or her own previously published works nor submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.

2. Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data for editorial review and should be prepared to retain the data for a reasonable time after publication.

3. Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in their own work. If authors have drawn on the work of others or directly quoted the words of others, such works and direct quotes must be appropriately acknowledged and cited in notes or listed in the references at the end of the article, according to the APA style. An article should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to locate published sources. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

4. Authorship

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

5. Corresponding

When authors receive revision notification from the Editorial Assistant, the authors are responsible for uploading the revised manuscript within the assigned timeline requested by the JLIS Editorial Board and reviewers.

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with the journal for publication. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper. All co-authors should have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

6. Acknowledgment of Funding Sources

Sources of funding for the research reported in the article should be acknowledged at the end of the article. All authors should disclose in their manuscripx any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscripx.

7. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Conflict of interest exists when an author’s private interests might be seen as influencing the objectivity of research. It is the responsibility of the author to confirm if any of the co-authors hold any conflict of interest and to notify the editor prior to acceptance. All sources of funding/sponsors and any relevant financial/non-financial interests and relationships that might be considered likely to affect the interpretation of the findings should be declared, either through the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript or at the point of submission.

8. Fundamental Errors in Published Works

If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Dealing with Unethical Behavior

1. Identification of unethical behavior

Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone. The person who informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated.

2. Investigation

The JLIS Editorial Board will conduct a thorough case review as soon as any unethical conduct is reported to the Board. The case review will be conducted in a timely, objective, and professional manner to protect the privacy and safety of the reporter(s). Evidence should be gathered in a discreet manner to avoid spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.

3. Outcomes

When minor misconduct occurs, the JLIS will inform the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.

When serious misconduct occurs, the editors should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts. The JLIS may send a formal letter to the head of the author's or reviewer's department or funding agency.

If a submitted or published manuscript is plagiarized, fabricated, falsified, the JLIS reserves the right to impose of a formal embargo on contributions from the author(s) for a defined period, or reject any future manuscript submit by the same author(s) and ask for compensation.

The JLIS may also report the case to a professional organization or higher authority for further investigation and action.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:45