Publishing Ethics

Journal of Manuscript Studies: Ethical Guidelines and Publication Standards

Publication Ethics and Malpractice:
Journal of Manuscript Studies is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and malpractice. Our guidelines are rooted in COPE’s Best Practice (Committee on Publication Ethics) and Elsevier PERK (Publishing Ethics Resource Kit) to ensure the integrity and credibility of our scholarly contributions.

Publication Frequency:
Published semi-annual, our journal offers a regular platform with six issues per year, providing a consistent outlet for scholarly research in manuscript studies.

Peer-Review and Ethical Conduct:
As a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the Journal of Manuscript Studies adheres to COPE's ethical guidelines, governing the conduct of editors, referees, and authors throughout the publication process.

Duties of Editors:
1. Decisions on Publication: Editors responsibly determine the publication of suggested papers, emphasizing the scientific value of submissions.

2. Honesty: Editorial decisions are made solely on scientific merit, without any bias related to authors' personal attributes.

3. Confidentiality: Editors and working group members maintain strict confidentiality, restricting information disclosure to the author, referees, and editor.

4. Conflict of Interest and Disclosure: Editors commit to refraining from utilizing submitted content for personal research without explicit author consent.

Duties of Referees:
1. Contribution to Editorial Decision: Referees play a crucial role in the editorial decision-making process, aiding editors and authors in enhancing submitted contributions.

2. Respect for Time: Referees commit to timely evaluations and promptly notify coordinators if unable to meet assigned deadlines.

3. Confidentiality: Referees treat assignments as private, refraining from discussing manuscripts without explicit permission from editors.

4. Objectivity: The peer-review process emphasizes objectivity, with referees providing justifiable reasons for their decisions.

5. Text Display: Referees highlight overlooked references and report any parallels between the reviewed text and known works.

6. Conflict of Interest and Disclosure: Referees maintain confidentiality and avoid personal gain from information obtained during the peer-review process.

Duties of Authors:
1. Access and Retention: Authors make research sources or data available upon editorial request for a reasonable period post-publication.

2. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors certify the originality of their work and disclose all materials used in their research.

3. Publication Integrity: Authors commit to not simultaneously submitting identical contributions to multiple journals.

4. Source Acknowledgment: Authors credit sources and contributors referenced in their work.

5. Authorship: All major contributors are acknowledged as co-authors, and their consent for publication is obtained.

6. Conflict of Interest and Disclosure: Authors explicitly state any conflicts of interest and disclose research funding agencies or projects resulting in publication.

7. Errors Correction: Authors promptly notify editors of substantial errors, providing necessary information for revisions.

These ethical guidelines underscore our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and quality in scholarly publishing. The Journal of Manuscript Studies endeavors to foster an environment of ethical conduct and excellence in academic research.