Publication Ethics Statement

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Asian Journal of University Education (henceforth AJUE) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards for all parties involved in the act of publishing in a peer-reviewed journal- the author, the editor of the journal, the peer reviewer and the publisher. AJUE publishing ethics are based on Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Conduct for Journal Publishers practised by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editor Responsibilities

We at Asian Journal of University Education are committed to maintaining high ethical standards in compliance with Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines as we value how stakeholders see us as their reliable partners. We adopt COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Conduct for Journal Publishers as our standard practices to maintain accountability. This covers all parties working with us in the publication process, from the contact point until the completion of the specified task.

Accountability: 

AJUE Chief Editor, editor(s) and editorial board bear the responsibility of selecting the manuscripts to be published. They are guided by the journal’s policies, and legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. When needed, they may confer with other editorial board members. The chief editor and editors are also responsible for selecting the reviewers for the reviewing process, and therein make the final decision to accept or reject manuscripts through the designated channels. The chief editors, editors or reviewers also need to ensure that authors protect the anonymity of their human subjects where deemed necessary, and appropriate permission is obtained when dealing with minors.

Fair play: AJUE Chief Editor and editor(s) are also responsible for evaluating the intellectual content of the manuscripts in a fair manner, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or ideologies of the authors. Moreover, they have to ensure that authors acknowledge their co-author's contribution to the manuscript, clearly stating the roles and contribution during the construction process. Authors are also expected to acknowledge their sponsors or other individuals or agencies responsible for the successful completion of the manuscript.

Confidentiality: AJUE Chief Editor and editorial staff are strictly prohibited from disclosing information about a submitted manuscript to others except for the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as deemed appropriate. Except for the editor(s), members of the board or reviewers are strictly prohibited from communicating with the authors. A double-blind peer-review process must be adhered to at all times.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: AJUE Chief Editor and editorial members with access to privileged information must keep information confidential and not use them for their personal gains. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in their areas. AJUE Chief Editor and editorial members must not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other connections with the authors. They are prohibited from using any unpublished materials from the manuscripts submitted to the journal in any form.

Reviewer Responsibilities
  • Reviewers must adhere to the timeframe given by the editor(s) for completing the reviews. Requests for extension to review the manuscripts are at the discretion of the editor(s).
  • Reviewers must notify AJUE of any conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  • Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • Reviewers must not discuss their views with others unless authorized by the editor(s).
  • Reviewers must bring to the editor(s’) attention any information that may be reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
  • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. This include any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation.
  • Reviewers should alert the editor(s) of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
  • Reviewers assists the editor(s) in the editorial decisions and through editorial communications with the author(s), may assist in the improvement of the paper.
  • Reviewers should be objective in their reviews and express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Personal criticisms should be avoided.
  • Reviewers who feel unqualified to review the manuscript or cannot revert to the editors with prompt reviews should notify the editor(s) to be relieved of the review duties.
Author Responsibilities

Reporting standards: Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed or replicated by others.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources: Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere. Authors are only allowed to publish their manuscript elsewhere after receiving a formal rejection from the editor(s) or if their request to withdraw their work is accepted by AJUE in written reply. Any fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. If an author has used the work and/or words of others, that this original is been appropriately cited or quoted and accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. Appropriate software may be used to check for similarities with existing literature and must be reported as it is when submitting the manuscript.

Data Access and Retention: 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.

Ethics: Authors should only submit papers only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that complies with all relevant legislation.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

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 or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects: If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.