Publication Ethics

A publication ethics and malpractice statement


The editorial board of International Economic Policy Journal follows strictly the international publishing standards of the publication (i.e. COPE Code of Conduct, authorized by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association, British Educational Research Association Ethical Standards). This set of ethical behavior standards is strictly maintained by the editorial board of International Economic Policy Journal at all stages of the publication process in order to confirm and constantly improve the high status of our scientific journal.

The main publication ethical principles and summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers and authors are given below.

1. Publication and authorship:

- As a university press and non-profit academic publisher, we rely heavily on the good relationships we have with our authors, so it is a condition of publication that authors grant an exclusive licence to the International Economic Policy Journal.

- Articles submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.

- Proper endnotes and references are extremely important. The editorial board always maintain the improvement of the journals transparency process and stimulate the plagiarism redundant in published articles.

2. Author's responsibilities:

- Before sending the article to the editor, the author should format it according to the journal’s guidelines (the formatting guidelines for the International Economic Policy Journal).

- Authors should confirm that the article has not been previously published or is being considered for publication elsewhere.

- Authors should ensure that the facts, statements and results in the articles are original, as well as references and citations are correct and accurate.

- If the article is seriously criticized by the reviewer or affected by the academic accuracy of published information, author should follow these recommendations and take into the consideration the proper corrections suggested by reviewers.

3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers:

- The anonymity of the peer review process must ensure the reviewers to assess the article as objective as possible.

- Reviewers should be careful not to turn an article review into a platform for their own favourite ideas expression, a means of personal revenge, a forum for promoting a personal friend’s publishing efforts, or other unprofessional behaviour.

- Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments

- Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author, obtained in the course of research or professional interactions.

4. Editorial responsibilities:

- Editors take the whole responsibility concerning the acceptance or rejection of the article, taking into account the reviewers’ opinions and author’s scientific approach, in order to stimulate the freedom of expression.

- Editors must ensure the confidentiality and maximum objectivity of the articles` peer-review process. Details should not be disclosed to others without the prior consent of the author. Equally, the identity and details of all reviewers should be treated confidentially.

- Editors should exercise the highest standards of personal integrity in the editorship of the journal, recognising, planning and preventing the conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept

- Editors should provide the effective cooperation mechanism with authors and reviewers regarding the journals’ ethics and publishing policies and that the journal’s stewardship on ethical matters is fair, unbiased, and timely

5. Publishing ethics issues:

- Monitoring and providing the latest ethical guidelines, recommendations and evidence about peer review and journal management to the editorial board, authors and reviewers of the journal

- Encouraging the cogent criticisms of articles published in the journal in order to stimulate further scientific discussion

- Maintaining the open discussion and rapid process of corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies publication (when needed)

- Ensuring the quality of the published material in accordance with the international ethical standards and the confidentiality protection of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions.

- Establishing mechanisms to handle disagreements between authors, publishers and editors of the journal