Publication Ethics & Publishing Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Publishing Malpractice Statement

Authors whose articles have been previously published in a peer reviewed journal/s and reports are eligible for consideration at Geography and You. All involved parties, including the author, the journal editor and the peer reviewers need to agree upon and adhere to standards of expected ethical behaviour.

Our ethics statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication Decisions

The decisions regarding acceptance and subsequent publication of the articles submitted to the journal rest exclusively with the editor.

The editor is the publisher of the journal and the journal follows the best ethical practices accepted globally.

Objectivity and fairness in evaluation

The editor evaluates manuscripts solely on the basis of their intellectual merit, content and strength. Race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors has no bearing on any decisions regarding publication.

Misconduct

Misconduct constitutes violation of this editorial policy, journal policies, publication ethics, or any applicable guidelines/policies specified by COPE. Any other activities that threaten/compromise the integrity of the research/publication process are potential misconducts. Suspected cases of misconduct shall be investigated according to COPE guidelines

Confidentiality

G’nY adheres to the highest standards of professional conduct. Any manuscripts received for consideration are treated as protected and confidential documents. Information contained therein is not shown to or discussed with any parties (apart from the editorial board reviewers) without the consent of the author.

Disclosure

Any material in a submitted manuscript that is previously unpublished is never used in the editor’s own research without express permission of the author.

Duties of reviewers

Contribution to editorial process

Peer reviewers assist the editor in making decisions pertaining to publication. Through communication with the author, they may also help the authors in improving their paper.

Standards of objectivity

The peer review process does not involve any personal criticism of the author. Any views or objections regarding the paper are raised clearly with supporting arguments and the process is conducted in anonymity.

Acknowledgment of sources

The editorial team and reviewers identify previously published and relevant work that has not been cited by the authors. Where arguments and/or statements are accompanied or supported by previously published or reported observations, data or derivations, a relevant citation is provided. The peer reviewers also bring to the editor’s notice any similarities between the manuscript submitted and any previously published paper. Validated and detailed referencing is provided at the end of each published paper.

Duties of authors

The following parameters are expected from the authors:

Reporting standards

Any data used in a paper should be represented accurately. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.  Misrepresentation of data, fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements are considered unethical and unacceptable behaviour.

Changes in authorship

Whenever there is a need to make changes in the authorship of a manuscript or a published article, a request should be made to the editor in compliance with the COPE regulations.

Originality and plagiarism

All articles are checked rigorously for plagiarism. Authors need to ensure that manuscripts submitted by them are original. Where the work or words of other authors has been used, attribution must be provided in order to avoid any plagiarism.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

Where a manuscript essentially describing the same research has been sent to multiple journals, the author needs to inform the editor about the same. If a manuscript sent elsewhere for consideration has been accepted for publication, the editors need to be notified of the same.

Acknowledgment of sources

Authors need to acknowledge work done by others in their manuscripts. Citation of publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the research is essential.

Errors in published works

When the authors discover an inaccuracy or error in their published work, they need to provide the relevant and correct information and cooperate with the editor for updating the paper with the same.