2- Attempting to promote and enforce regulations of ethics and soundness of research.
3- Receiving documentary evidence about the following conditions when accepting manuscripts from their authors.
a- Granting the rights of publishing the article in the Institute journal.
b- Declaring the possible conflicts of interest.
4- Selecting qualified reviewers by relying on their specialties, scientific and professional experience, and also respecting the well-reasoned requests of the author(s) for special reviewers.
5- Avoiding the disclosure of the information about the author(s) and reviewers and discussing its details with others.
6- Preventing any sort of conflict of interest in reviewing that could potentially affect the acceptance and publication of articles.
7- Accurate assessment of works charged with breaching the codes by reviewers or other channels, and if necessary acting according to the pertinent rules.
Procedures of dealing with unethical behavior in publication and research
1- Notifying the journal’s editorial board and sending a letter to the corresponding author demanding clarification without any prejudgment.
2- Allocating suitable time for receiving response from the author(s) charged with unethical publication and research behavior, and pursuing definite violations till the end.
3- Referring the case to the editorial board in case of receiving unacceptable justifications from the author(s) for final decision as for the acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscript.
4- Based on the final decision of the editorial board,
a- Sending written notification to the author and reminding him of the journal’s policy, or asking for corrections and making apology on the next journal issue.
b- Sending a warning to the corresponding author for rejecting any other work by the offender.
5- Issuing apologetic announcement in the next printed issue of the journal and include it in the online version for the retracted article.
6- Trying to continuously improve the quality and ensure the integrity of the journal's content and pay respect to its administration and all the involved people and audience.
7- Examining all received articles in due time.
1- Assisting in the scientific quality and content analysis of the articles in order to improve their status.
2- Applying professional knowledge and expertise related to the subject domain of the journal and declaring the rejection of submitted manuscripts to the editor-in-chief when it does not conform with the shared interests, be it financial, organizational, personal, or due to shortage of time for reviewing.
3- Expressing expert and corrective opinions clearly, based on scientific evidence and sufficient reasoning in a definite time to the editor-in-chief and author(s) and avoiding partiality due to one's preferences, ethnicity, religious belief, professional inclination, and otherwise in reviewing the submitted manuscripts.
4- Avoiding the appropriation of the received data, discussions, explanations, and ideas in the process of reviewing and even the unpublished information of the author(s) for personal gain.
5- Respecting the confidentiality of the reviewing process and avoiding the appropriation of the received information, discussions, explanations and ideas in the process of reviewing, or utilizing the new data and concepts derived from the article for or against one's own or other people's research or for criticizing or discrediting the author(s).
6- Assisting the journal's editor-in-chief in providing a report on "unethical research and publication behavior "about the received manuscripts for review.
7- Informing the editor-in-chief in case of a delay in reviewing the manuscripts and requesting more time allocation or selecting another reviewer.
Scientific- Research journals' office management
1- Establishing and announcing clearly one's publishing policies, especially in regard to the autonomy of the editor-in-chief in making decisions, publication ethics, safeguarding the intellectual property and copyright, conflict of interests, authors' duties, reviewers, editor-in-chief, editorial board, reviewing and decision making process, revision requests and complaints, preserving the scientific documents of the decision making process, preserving the authors' and reviewers' information , correcting or removing the accepted manuscripts, and solving disputes between the complainants and those accused of unethical research and publication behavior.
2- Monitoring and pursuing research complaints for the Institute's journals.
3- Assisting in ensuring the originality and soundness of the published articles in the Institute's journals.
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