The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the
of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work
the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the
method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties
in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the
society-owned or sponsored journals.
Authors copyright and publishing rights
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously
licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License that allows
to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this
Role of the funding source
You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or
preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design;
in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the
to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, then this
should be stated.
Ethics in publishing
If you have ethical concerns on a paper, whether published or in review, please contact the
editor-in-Chief in the first instance.
Conflict of interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any
financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years
of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence,
their work. Each submitted paper should be accompanied by a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
signed and scanned.
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, that it
is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that its publication is approved by all authors
and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. If accepted,
it is agreed that it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in
or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
The publisher is dedicated to supporting the vast efforts of the editors, the academic contributions
of authors, and the respected volunteer work undertaken by reviewers. The publisher is also responsible
for ensuring that the publication system works smoothly, and that ethical guidelines are applied to
assist the editor, author, and reviewer in performing their ethical duties.
- The editor should acknowledge receipt of submitted manuscripts within two working days of receipt
and ensure an efficient, fair, and timely review process.
- The editor should ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed in a confidential manner, and that
no content of the manuscripts will be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author,
reviewers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
- The editor should recuse himself or herself from processing manuscripts if he or she has any
conflict of interest with any of the authors or institutions related to the manuscripts.
- The editor should not disclose the names and other details of the reviewers to a third party without
the permission of the reviewers.
- The editor has the right to make the final decision on whether to accept or reject a manuscript with
reference to the significance, originality, and clarity of the manuscript and its relevance to the
- The editor should by no means make any effort to oblige the authors to cite his or her journal
either as an implied or explicit condition of accepting their manuscripts for publication.
- The editor should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in
submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
- The editor should respond promptly and take reasonable measures when an ethical complaint occurs
concerning a submitted manuscript or a published paper, and the editor should immediately contact
and consult with the author. In this case, a written formal retraction or correction may also be
- The author should not submit concurrent manuscripts (or manuscripts essentially describing the same
subject matter) to multiple journals. Likewise, an author should not submit any paper previously
published anywhere to the journals for consideration. The publication of articles on specific
subject matter, such as clinical guidelines and translations, in more than one journal is acceptable
if certain conditions are met.
- The author should present a precise and brief report of his or her research and an impartial
description of its significance.
- The author should honestly gather and interpret his or her research data. Publishers, editors,
reviewers, and readers are entitled to request the author to provide the raw data for his or her
research for convenience of editorial review and public access. If practicable, the author should
retain such data for any possible use after publication.
- The author should guarantee that the works he or she has submitted are original. If the author has
used work and/or words by others, appropriate citations are required. Plagiarism in all its forms
constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
- The author should indicate explicitly all sources that have supported the research and also declare
any conflict(s) of interest.
- The author should give due acknowledgement to all of those who have made contributions to the
research. Those who have contributed significantly to the research should be listed as coauthors.
The author should ensure that all coauthors have affirmed the final version of the paper and have
agreed on its final publication.
- The author should promptly inform the journal editor of any obvious error(s) in his or her published
paper and cooperate earnestly with the editor in retraction or correction of the paper. If the
editor is notified by any party other than the author that the published paper contains an obvious
error, the author should write a retraction or make the correction based on the medium of
Regarding articles whose number of authors is bigger than one, a corresponding author should be
The corresponding author will be responsible for the manuscript during the whole processing of the
from the submission to the publication, including the review and submission or revised version.
The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version
of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Each co-author is responsible for the correct presentation of the article and its contents, assuring
the research originality and the fact that the article hasn’t been published in other journal.
- The reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or affirms that he or she
cannot meet the deadline for completion of the review should immediately notify the editor and
excuse himself or herself from the process of reviewing this manuscript.
- The reviewer should inform the editor and recuse himself or herself from reviewing the manuscript if
there is a conflict of interest. Specifically, the reviewer should recuse himself or herself from
reviewing any manuscript authored or coauthored by a person with whom the reviewer has an obvious
personal or academic relationship, if the relationship could introduce bias or the reasonable
perception of bias.
- The reviewer should treat the manuscript in a confidential manner. The manuscript should not be
disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- The reviewer should approach the peer-review job objectively. Personal criticism of the author is
- The reviewer should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in
submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
- The reviewer should immediately notify the editor of any similarities between the manuscript under
review and another paper either published or under consideration by another journal. The reviewer
should immediately call to the editor’s attention a manuscript containing plagiarized material or
The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies will immediately reject papers leading to the
following ethical violations:
- Data fabrication and falsification
- Simultaneous submissions
- Duplicate publication
- Overlapping publications
- Redundant publications
- Selective reporting
- Misleading reporting
- Improper author contribution or attribution
- Gift authorship
- Citation manipulation
- Impact factor manipulation
- Index/influence measure manipulation
- Undeclared/fake financial support for publication
- Undisclosed conflicts of interest
No plagiarism and no fraudulent data will be accepted. All submitted articles will be firstly
included in a plagiarism detection process using Copy Killer system.
Corrections of errors; retractions, etc.
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the
author’s obligation to notify the publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the
Retraction of a paper is applied in the following cases:
– The paper leads to ethical violations (plagiarism, data fabrication, falsification, simultaneous
submissions, duplicate publications, etc.)
– The paper contains errors which couldn’t be corrected in a subsequent erratum notice.
When a reader discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a manuscript or has any other complaint
about editorial content (plagiarism, duplicate papers, etc.), he/she should make a complaint by e-mail
to: email@example.com. We welcome complaints as they provide an opportunity for improvement,
and we aim to respond quickly and constructively.