International Journal of Management and Development Studies

ISSN: 2321-1423 (Print); ISSN: 2320-0685(Online)
Scientific Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 4.005 Indexed in Indian Citation Index (ICI)

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

International Journal of Management and Development Studies (IJMDS) is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. In order to provide our readers with a journal of highest quality we state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time even after the publication. We check for plagiarism and research fabrication (making up research data); falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing. IJMDS reserves the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times.

1.  Publication and authorship:

Reference list: All articles submitted for the International Journal of Management and Development Studies (IJMDS) should have a relevant reference list of articles.  Authors should acknowledge the works that influenced the author’s work. If the author is using information gathered privately, such information should be used only after proper permission from the source is obtained.

Financial Support: All authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (financial support for the project should be disclosed).

No plagiarism, No fraudulent data: All IJMDS articles should be original. If an author is using a lengthy text from another source, it should be cited within quotes and the reference should be given properly. Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable.

Same research in multiple journals: The prospective author should ensure that the submitted article is not under publication consideration in another journal. IJMDS will not publish articles with same exact material from another journal.

Authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting the article.

2.  Author’s responsibilities:

Participation in peer review process: All IJMDS authors should agree to participate in peer review process of an article. They should agree to make plausible revisions as recommended by reviewers and the editorial members of IJMDS. Refusal to do the revision without reasonable causes may result in rejection of the submitted article. All authors are needed to correct any mistakes and retraction of incorrect information will be required.

Authorship of the paper: All authors who have made a significant contribution to the article should be included as co-authors.  An inclusion of people who do not contribute in the co-author list is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All co-authors should sign a copyright transfer form before the final publication can take place. 

All data in the article must be real and authentic: Works based on fraudulent data is unacceptable and will not be published. Authors should ensure the correctness and authenticity of the data. If the work involves the use of human subjects, it should obtain an approval from proper institutional authorities and a permission of human subjects involved. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: The authors must guarantee: (1) that the article has not been published elsewhere; (2) it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and (3) that it has been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of the institution or organization given as the affiliation of the authors. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies the consent of each of the authors.If data from the article is used, partially or entirely, in other research articles, or the data and results represent only part of a bigger research project described in multiple publications, these must be clearly presented to the editor.

Fundamental errors in published works: When 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.

3.  Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers:

All articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed. The confidentiality of the reviewers as well as authors will be respected. All reviewers should be academically qualified to review an article, should not use abusive language, and should deliver her/his review in a timely manner. The reviewer should try to be fair and impartial in reviewing a submission. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.  

Acknowledgement of sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also 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.

Disclosure and conflict of interest: The reviewer should not have any conflict of interest with the research, author, or the research funding authorities of a submitted article. In case of a conflicting interest, the reviewer should recuse herself/himself from the work. In any case the reviewer should refrain from using disclosure of any information relevant to the work to other parties.

4.  Editorial responsibilities:

Publication decisions: The Editor-in-chief of IJMDS has the authority to make final decision in the acceptance and rejection of a submitted article. She/he should do so after reviewing the submitted reviews of paper and consulting other editorial board members when appropriate in a fair and an impartial manner. The editor should not use prejudice/bias of any kind against the author during the review process. The editor or any member of the editorial board should not have any conflict of interest with respect to the article under consideration. Anonymity of reviewers as well as the author should be maintained during the review process. When an error is detected, the editor should notify publication of correction or retraction.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Response to ethical issues: An editor should take responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher.

5.  Publishing ethics issues:

Monitoring /safeguarding of the publishing ethics will be maintained by the editor and the editorial board. Guidelines for retraction of an article as discussed above should be followed. The editor with the editorial board should maintain high levels of intellectual and ethical standards, without the interference of business needs. The editor should be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as appropriate. The editor should ensure that plagiarism and fraudulent data are not tolerated as mentioned above.

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