Journal of Islamic and Religious Studies (JIRS)
“These guidelines are retrieved from Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan manual for “Ethical Guidelines for Journals”, which has been prepared by Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Director Institute of Applied and Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore”
The following ethical guidelines are obligatory for all author(s) violation of which may result in application of penalties by the editor, including but not limited to the suspension or revocation of publishing privileges.
Originality and Plagiarism
- Will ensure that theresearchreportanddatacontain adequate detail and references.
- Fraudulentorknowinglyinaccurate statements are unethical and unacceptable.
- Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable.
- Material quoted verbatim must be placed in quotation marks.
- If more than 19% similarity index has found, As per HEC’s policy it will either be rejected or left at the discretion of the Editorial Board for the purposes of a conditional acceptance.
Multiple, Redundant and Current Publication
- A declaration is required that the manuscript contains solely author original work that is not under consideration for publishing in any other journal in any form.
- A co-authored paper must be accompanied by an undertaking in order to claim right to authorship and to ensure that all have agreed to the order of authorship.
Acknowledgment of Sources
- Authors should not submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal or publication except if is a re-submission of a rejected or withdrawn manuscript.
- Concurrent submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal is unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
- A paper must always contain proper acknowledgment of the work of others.
- The author(s) must also acknowledge the contributions of people, organizations and institutes who assisted the process of research or financial funding (in the acknowledgement).
- It is duty of the author(s) to conduct a literature review and cite the original publications.
Privacy of Participants
- Authorship of the work may only be credited to those who have made a noteworthy contribution in conceptualization, conducting, data analysis and writing up of the manuscript.
- 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.
Data Access and Retention
- Authors must respect the privacy of the participant(s) of research.
- Authors must ensure that in instances where the identity of the participant needs to be revealed in the study, explicit and informed consent of the concerned party is obtained.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
- The author(s) should provide raw data to the Editor, if any question arises about the accuracy or validity of the research work during the review process.
- The author(s) must provide an accurate description of how the images were generated and produced, and will ensure they are free of manipulation.
- The potential conflicts of interest of all author(s) must be conveyed to the editor at the earliest possible stage, including but not limited to employment, consultancies, honoraria, etc.
- All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Authors may have to sign an agreement allowing the journal to reserve the right to circulate the article and all other derivative works such as translations.
Manuscript Acceptance and Rejection
- During the review period the author can contact the Editor to ask about its status.
- In case of revisions, the author(s) must provide an exposition of all corrections made in the manuscript and the revised manuscript should, then, go through the process of affirmation of revisions and be accepted or rejected accordingly.
- In case of dissatisfaction over the decision of rejection, the author can appeal the decision by contacting the Editor.
The Editor’s Responsibilities
- Establishing and maintaining quality of the journal by publishing quality papers.
- Promotion of freedom of expression within the cultural, constitutional/legal framework
Fair play and Impartiality
- Encouraging new ideas and suggestions for improving quality of JIRS.
- Appling the process of blind peer review in its true letter and spirit,
- Promoting & implementing anti plagiarism & journal’s policy without institutional pressure.
- Will ensure impartial evaluation of the content of research papers,
- Disregard the all discriminating factors during selection of articles, e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, etc. of author(s)
- Confidentiality of the author(s) and reviewers during the peer review process will be ensured
- Confidentiality of the participants of the research should also be ensured.
- Prior to publication, the content of the manuscript would be kept confidential
Editing and Formatting Guidelines
The Review Process
- Clear guidelines about preparing and formatting of a paper are available on JIRS webpage.
Dealing with Misconduct
- Articles are initially scrutinized and then go through double-blind peer review process.
- Sufficient guidelines along with a Reviewer’s Proforma are provided to reviewers (see: Reviewer’s Proforma download section)
- Sharing the reviewer’s comments with author and incorporation of suggested corrections.
- Referring troublesome cases to Advisory Committee.
- Will encourages reviewers to comment on ethical issues and possible misconduct.
- Confirmation of plagiarism through Turnitin and/or searching for similar titles etc.
- Will publish a corrigendum, remove and retract a plagiarized article.
Conflict of Interest
- Only one paper as a PI (Principle Investigator) should be published in the same issue.
- Editorial Board Members will only be limited to ONE paper per issue.
- Authorship & co-authorship policy will be strictly adopted.
- The editors and reviewers will not edit a submitted paper for those author(s) and/or institution against which s/he has any conflicts of interest.
- will not use any unpublished information/data from the submitted research paper without the permission of the author(s)
Procedure for Appeal
- Only shortlisted research papers relevant to the scope of the journal will be published after completion of the review process
- Acceptation or rejection of a paper will be based on academic standards.
- The Editor will justifies the reason (s) of rejecting a research paper and will timely communicate the editorial decision to the author(s)
The Editor is responsible for establishing a proper mechanism for appeals launched against:
- The rejection of a research paper.
- Objections to publications causing harm to any party.
- Infringement of Ethical boundaries in any manner.