Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1. Introduction

The Earthline Journal of Mathematical Sciences is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and preventing any form of academic misconduct. This "Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement" outlines the principles and guidelines that govern the behavior of all stakeholders involved in the publication process, including authors, editors, reviewers, and the editorial team. These principles are designed to ensure the integrity, transparency, and credibility of the research we publish.

2. Authors' Responsibilities

  • Originality: Authors are expected to submit original work that has not been published elsewhere. Any sources, data, or materials used from other works should be properly cited and acknowledged.

  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism in any form, including copying text, ideas, or concepts without proper attribution, is strictly prohibited. Authors should ensure that their submissions are entirely their own work, or they have obtained the necessary permissions and given proper credit for borrowed content.

  • Authorship: All individuals who have made substantial contributions to the research should be listed as co-authors. Misrepresentation of authorship or inclusion of individuals who have not contributed to the work is not acceptable.

  • Data Integrity: Authors should provide accurate and reliable data, methodologies, and results. Manipulation, fabrication, or falsification of data is considered a breach of ethics.

  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the interpretation or perception of their research. Financial, personal, or professional relationships that could be seen as affecting the objectivity of the work should be disclosed.

3. Editorial Responsibilities

  • Fair Review Process: Editors are responsible for ensuring a fair and unbiased peer review process. Manuscripts should be evaluated based on their intellectual content, regardless of authors' race, gender, nationality, institutional affiliation, or other personal factors.

  • Confidentiality: Editors, reviewers, and editorial staff must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts and the content therein. Unpublished material should not be used for personal advantage.

  • Conflict of Interest: Editors and reviewers should recuse themselves from evaluating manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest. They should decline to review if they are not impartial due to competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with the authors.

4. Reviewers' Responsibilities

  • Constructive Feedback: Reviewers should provide objective and constructive feedback to authors, which can help improve the quality of the research. Personal criticism or any form of inappropriate comments should be avoided.

  • Timeliness: Reviewers should complete their reviews within the stipulated timeframe. If unable to meet the deadline, they should notify the editorial team promptly.

  • Confidentiality: Reviewers must treat manuscripts as confidential documents. The content and ideas presented in the manuscript should not be shared or used for personal gain.

5. Publishers' Responsibilities

  • Editorial Independence: We maintain the editorial independence of the journal's editorial team, ensuring they have full authority over content, peer review, and publication decisions, based on academic merit.

  • Plagiarism Detection: We utilize plagiarism detection tools to identify potential instances of plagiarism or duplicate submission, ensuring the originality of submissions.

  • Peer Review Process: We ensure a transparent and rigorous peer review process that involves qualified and impartial reviewers, contributing to fair decision-making.

  • Conflicts of Interest: We manage conflicts of interest, ensuring objectivity among authors, reviewers, and editors. Disclosures are addressed according to established guidelines.

  • Transparency and Openness: We promote transparency by providing clear guidelines and open access to published articles, facilitating wider knowledge dissemination.

  • Retractions and Corrections: We address ethical concerns post-publication, issuing corrections, retractions, or clarifications to maintain the integrity of the scholarly record.

  • Confidentiality and Data Security: We safeguard submitted manuscripts, reviewer identities, and related communications, adhering to privacy regulations.

  • Authorship and Attribution: We support proper authorship attribution, ensuring due credit for contributors who have substantially contributed to the research.

  • Quality Control and Standards: We uphold high editorial and publishing standards, continuously improving processes for accuracy and scholarly value.

  • Communication and Guidelines: We maintain transparent communication, providing guidelines for authors, reviewers, and editors to uphold ethical practices.

  • Emerging Ethical Concerns: We stay informed about evolving ethical issues, updating policies to align with best practices.

  • Continuous Improvement: We seek feedback to refine our practices, fostering trust and integrity in the publication process.

By upholding these publisher responsibilities, we aim to foster an environment of trust and integrity in the Earthline Journal of Mathematical Sciences, ensuring the dissemination of valuable and ethically conducted research to the scholarly community.

This "Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement" is subject to regular review and update to align with emerging ethical norms and best practices.