Publication ethics

Authors are invited to check the compliance with all the following ethical behavior requirements before submitting a paper to JAMIS:

– the work is original (by reference to the work of others) and all sources are properly referenced – if specific words are used from another source, quotation marks and the source of the exact citation, including the page number, should be used; if an idea or finding is presented, the source should be credited by mentioning the author(s) name and year of the publication).

– the work is original (by reference to the prior work of the author(s)) – redundant (dual) publication (including the publication of the material in other languages than English) and text recycling (self-plagiarism) are forbidden. Reference to prior own work should be made, and if other related research conducted by the same author(s) exist, the differences between the submission and other work (in terms of contribution, approach, etc.) should be emphasized.

– acknowledgement of work – all work and support for the paper submitted should be acknowledged. The author(s) list should include all persons and only the persons with a direct contribution to the paper. The order of the authors should reflect their contribution to the paper (with alphabetical order for identical contributions). The order of the authors and the changes in the team (authors’ deletion or addition) are allowed during the review process only if they are properly justified by the evolution of the paper, and explained in a written confirmation, signed by all authors (including the authors deleted or added). When the final transfer agreement form is signed by all authors, they all give their consent for the authorship team (composition and order). JAMIS cannot be held responsible for authorship disputes.

– acknowledgement of support – all financial and other forms of support should be mentioned.  Support received from others (comments, advice etc.) should be mentioned as acknowledgements. A proof of consent is required for research on named people or organizations if data used in the paper do not come from publicly-available sources (for example, if a case study is based only on publicly available documents, there is no need for proof of consent in order to use the name of the organization; if a case study is based on internal documents, and data, quotes, images etc. are included in the paper, written consent is required if the organization is named in the paper).

Authors of accepted papers are required to sign the following copyright transfer agreement, acknowledging the originality of their work and the contribution of all authors.

Anti-plagiarism software is used to check all the papers accepted for publication.

The editor stops the review and publication process in the following cases: plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), unresolved authorship dispute, existence of clear evidence that the findings are unreliable (data fabrication, miscalculation, errors) (any suspicion will be reported to authors, and, if it is the case, additional information (such as the database) will be required in order to assess research reliability) and the research is unethical. If these concerns appear after the paper is published, the editor will publish a retraction note (for plagiarism or clear evidence of unreliable research), correction or expression of concern (for inconclusive evidence about the lack of reliability, or if reliability/errors matter affects only a small part of the paper).

Reviewers are required to adhere to an ethical review conduct, which includes:

  •  To agree to review manuscripts only in their field of expertize;
  •  To decline to review in case of concern related to a conflict of interests;
  •  To maintain confidentiality (not to discuss the paper with others, or present ideas of it);
  •  To not use information from the paper in any other scope;
  •  To provide a fair, professional and constructive review.

Additional guidance for ethical behavior in the publication process (for authors, editors, and reviewers) might be found here (http://publicationethics.org/).