The Ethical Guidelines of the Iranian Journal of Applied Language Studies (IJALS)
IJALS follows all the ethical rules and regulations stipulated by COPE. (https://publicationethics.org/)
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the journals.
IJALS adheres to ethical guidelines below for publication and research.
Authors, reviewers, editorial board, editor-in-chief, and publishers should to be aware of their responsibilities and commit research ethics. Article submission, review of reviewers and editor-in-chief's acceptance or rejection, are considered as journals law admission otherwise the journals have all the rights.
It is requested that the authors respect the following rules of CMDE:
The submitted manuscript must be the author(s) own original work.
The manuscript has neither been published elsewhere nor is under review elsewhere.
Authors should present their works in accordance with templates for CMDE.
Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
The transformation of the style of the article for a commercial purpose is not allowed.
Plagiarism is absolutely forbidden.
The contributions of the authors must be in accordance with integrity and ethics.
Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission. The order-alteration of the authors is not permitted after the acceptance of a manuscript.
Adding and/or deleting authors and/or changing the order of authors at the revision stage may be justifiably warranted. A letter must accompany the revised manuscript to explain the reason for the change(s) and the contribution role(s) of the added and/or deleted author(s). Further documentation may be required to support your request.
Requests for addition or removal of authors as a result of authorship disputes after acceptance are honored after formal notification by the institute or independent body and/or when there is an agreement between all authors.
Authors have the responsibility for any error or fallaciousness of the manuscript. In this case, they should inform the journal's authorities, instantly.
Possible financial support must be signaled.
Research and publication misconduct
Authors are advised to do not misconduct in research and publication. In some cases of research and publication misconduct come to pass during the following steps;
Submission, review, edition, or publication, CMDE has the right to legal action. The cases are listed below:
Fabrication: is a kind of inventing data or results and reporting them as original research. Both of these misconducts are unacceptable or improper behavior and seriously alter the integrity of the research. Therefore, articles must be written based on original data and the use of counterfeit or fabricated data is strongly prohibited.
Falsification: occurs when someone changes or alternates research materials, data, equipment or procedures, such that the results of the research are no longer accurately reflected in the research record
Plagiarism: means to take someone else's achievements or even citations without any acknowledgment or explanation of the producer.
Wrongful Appropriation: It happens when an author takes a person's achievements and by manipulating some parts and a little change, submits it with his/ her name.
False Attribution: It occurs when a person is listed as an author, while she/ he hasn't had any role in the research.
Reviewers should pay attention to what follows.
To read the manuscript carefully, and pay attention to scientific material, contextual, and Qualitative, and do their best to improve articles' quality and content.
Let editor-in-chief to know their comments on the manuscript, declare acceptance or rejection of the article. In the case of rejection, they should introduce other reviewers.
In acceptance or rejection of an article, they shouldn't consider Personal relationships, the benefits of an organization, or a company.
They should not accept to review any article which has been involved in its writing or analyze.
The review must be accomplished based on scientific documents and any self, professional, religious and racial opinion is not acceptable.
The reviewing should be accomplished accurately. Strengths and weaknesses of the article should be announced clearly, educational and constructive method.
Do not rewrite and correct any manuscript according to your interest.
Take care of accurate citations. Also, be sure to reminisce the cases which haven't been cited in the related published researches.
Avoid revealing the information and contents of articles.
Reviewers are not allowed to criticize authors for what they have presented, or disclose if there are some weaknesses in the author's research. Reviewers must not to take new data or contents for personal researches.
When the article is published, reviewers should not present any more comments.
Reviewers should not pass an article, to another person, to review, except when the editor-in-chief is informed. Reviewer and co-reviewer's identification should be mentioned in each article's documents.
Reviewer is better not to communicate directly with none of the author(s).
If any communication is necessary, it should be made through the editorial office.
Trying to report “research and publication misconduct” and submitting the related documents to editor-in-chief.
Editorial board responsibilities
The main aims of the editorial board are preserving and the quality betterment of the journal.
Editorial board should recommend the journal to international scientific, research communities, and other universities. And consider publication priority, articles submitted from such an association.
Editorial board should not have any personal publishing quota, in the journal. And their personal article publishing should not exceed.
Editorial board should consider the reviewers' comments, in accepting or rejecting any article.
Editorial board should be well-known experts, having published many Valuable articles. Should to be answerable, believed in professional ethics, and try to improve journal aims.
Editorial board should supply a database of experts and suitable reviewers for journal, and update the list of experts regularly.
Editorial board should try to invite qualified moral, experienced and well-known reviewers to cooperate with their journal.
Editorial board ought to identify and acknowledge, profound, and reasonable reviews.
They should not accept superficial and poor reviews and also prohibit one-sided and contemptuous reviews.
The whole documents of reviewing should be archived as scientific documents. And reviewer's name and affiliation must be confidentially kept, by editorial board.
Editorial board must send whole reviewing documents to corresponding author, as soon as possible
Editorial board should keep the contents of the article and do not divulge article's information to anyone.
Editorial board must prevent any contrast of benefits because of personal commercial, academic or financial relations which may cause accepting or rejecting an article.
The editor-in-chief should inspect all types of research and publication misconduct, which reviewers report in such a way that seems serious.
If there is some research or publication misconduct. The editor-in-chief has to delete it immediately and all indexing databases and audiences should be informed.
In the case of any published research misconduct, the editorial board should take responsibility and publish the corrected article in the next issue.
Editorial board should appreciate any audiences' new ideas since regarding these suggestions causes the publication policies, structure, and quality of articles be ameliorated.
For most journals, the editorial board does not itself oversee the production and business processes. These are usually carried out by a commercial publisher, a professional organization, university, or other institution. The support publishers receive from authors, editors, and referees in the mathematical community carry with it responsibilities. Most important is a commitment to the mathematical literature and its dissemination. Publishers must also adhere to the principles of integrity, transparency, and timeliness. Detailed information concerning the journal, including editorial board members, journal vision and scope, submission and publication procedures, fees, page charges, subscription pricing, etc., must be made publicly available to all concerned parties.
Publishers should ensure that papers are widely accessible, affordable in all parts of the world, and permanently archived in a form that can be readily located, referenced, and (possibly after paying a reasonable fee) accessed. Sales arrangements should be flexible, allowing, for instance, the purchase of individual journals and articles. Alternative modes of financing the publication process, such as through author fees, submission fees, page charges, or combinations of these create significant ethical challenges. First, the opportunity to publish in a peer-reviewed venue should be available to all, subject to scientific merit, not the ability to pay via research grants, institutional support or other means. Therefore, there should be methods to opt out of payment when needed. Second, payment in direct return for publication creates a potential conflict of interest with the peer-review process. For this reason, any such journal requires clear, well-defined, effective processes to insulate peer review and editorial decision-making from monetary considerations.
Accepted papers should be typeset, copyedited (if appropriate), and published online and/or in print in a timely manner. Publishers should establish and clearly communicate to potential authors their policies concerning copyright and authors’ web posting. Publishers should track and publish the date of submission, final revised submission, if applicable, and date of publication (electronic and/or print) of published papers. Publishers should respond to and investigate allegations of plagiarism or other unethical behavior connected with their journals, publish a clear and specific retraction in confirmed cases, and protect the rights of authors by seeking appropriate redress for plagiarism and unauthorized use of their work.
Journal’s Standards of Accuracy and Independence
The journal has a duty to publish corrections when errors could affect the interpretation of data or information.
The journal thrives on their independence. Its policy is that editorial independence, decisions and content should not be compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.