Publication Ethics and Malpractice

International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (IJMESS) is committed to practice ethical publishing standards. Editors, authors, board members and reviewers of IJMESS should follow these ethical guidelines designed according to COPE recommendations.

Responsibilities of Editors
Editors should select the manuscripts for publication based on merit, significance of study contribution and fair review.
Editors should advise publisher the ways to constantly improve journal publication quality and standards.
Editors should be open to issue an expression of concern or correction (as per COPE guidelines) in case of misconduct or honest error, findings have previously been published elsewhere without cross-referencing, permission or justification, plagiarism, unethical research, apologies etc.
Editors must ensure the originality of manuscripts and alignment of submissions with journal's scope before accepting manuscript for double blind peer review.
Editors should follow the systems recommended by publisher for managing their own conflicts of interest, of their staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial board members.

Responsibilities of Authors
Authors should not submit out of scope manuscripts and must follow instructions for authors to prepare their manuscripts.
Authors should submit original work only.
Authors should warmly provide the data if requested by journal Editors for review purpose or other researchers interested in validating the published results.
Authors should acknowledge all data sources used in study and mention research funding source (for funded research only).
Authors should avoid unethical practices like plagiarism, research idea piracy, using published figures or tables or data without referencing.
Authors should check the health of the space or time based data by applying statistical diagnostics to ensure that their results are not misleading.
Authors should read and adhere to the IJMESS terms, conditions and policies.
Authorship should be limited only to the persons offered significant contributions in the review of literature, research design, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Responsibilities of Reviewers
Reviewers should follow the timeline for review as assigned by Editor.
Reviewers should accept or reject the manuscript on fair and impartial grounds.
Reviewers should highlight plagiarism and other unethical practices if found in manuscript.
Reviewers must ensure that manuscript formatting and structure is exactly according to journal specific guidelines.
Reviewers must review a manuscript thoroughly in terms of argument building, empirical and theoretical contributions, data health, and implications of the research.