Ethics Policy

Authorship:

The articles submitted for publication should contain a clear and accurate attribution of authorship. Authorship should only include those who have made a significant contribution to the conception and execution of the submitted articles.

Originality & Plagiarism[1]

The articles submitted for publication should be original, fully referenced and all sources of data and third party material should be disclosed.

Redundant Publication

The article submitted should not have been previously published in or simultaneously submitted to another journal.

Conduct of the Author

The editorial board reserves the right to reject submissions at its discretion if the author is found to be disqualified under the Code of Conduct.

The following shall constitute as violation of the Code of Conduct (including but not limited to):

  • Any prior criminal convictions under Indian or foreign law;
  • Any on-going or prior criminal proceedings under Indian or foreign law;
  • Any on-going or past proceedings[2] pertaining to sexual harassment;
  • Any on-going or past disciplinary proceedings including those pertaining to ragging or bullying;
  • Black-listing by any other recognised journal due to violation of their ethical policy.

The journal reserves the right to reject the article, retract the article and refuse future submissions in case any of the above guidelines are violated. In case of any confusion as to whether a violation has taken place, the decision of the editorial board would be final. The editorial board reserves the right to amend the ethical policy at any time without prior intimation.


[1] Plagiarism has been defined as “re-use of text, data, figures, or images without appropriate acknowledgment or permission as well paraphrasing of text, concepts, and ideas”.

[2] Proceedings include those conducted by the Internal Complaints Committee at the workplace and the sexual harassment complaint committee at the University level.