ETHICS POLICY OF JAMSHEDPUR RESEARCH REVIEW
Jamshedpur Research Review is committed to engage in the work of enhancing quality and value based research. One avenue to pursue this goal is publication of our quarterly journal, Jamshedpur Research Review (JRR). In order to maintain its quality and standard, the Editorial Team has come up with an ethical policy. This policy is applicable to all partners in the journal production and publishing process, i.e. authors, reviewers, and editorial team
Authors should agree to this ethical code before submitting their contribution.
Instructions to Authors, Reviewers and Members of Editorial Board
The author’s submitted article should be original research work. It can be based on primary (field-based) or secondary (literature-based) research. Ethical standards should be adhered to during primary research, which means that among other things, informed consent should be sought and gained from respondents. Data should not be fabricated or falsified (manipulated) neither should the analysis include any misrepresentation. Data and records should be properly managed, such that if requested, the author can provide clear and accurate records of the procedures followed. Duty of Care over respondents and others involved in the research (including animals) should be maintained. Thus, the author should not breach confidentiality or place any person in danger or psychological discomfort. Literature and data referred to in the article should be properly cited and referenced (using APA style), including by giving page number whenever required. Photos should be credited to their owner.
After the review process, authors have the responsibility to revise the Research Paper/ Book Review based on the reviewers’ comments. Authors should clarify point by point how and where the changes have been done in a covering letter to be submitted along with the revised Research Paper/ Book Review . The time period of the revisions will be handled on the level of revisions, either minor revisions (e.g. within 4 days) or major revisions (e.g. 14 days).
Novel publication: Only original research papers should be submitted to JRR. The author should not simultaneously submit his/her paper to another journal; neither should he/she submit an article that has already been published elsewhere. The article will be pre-checked by the Editorial Team before being sent for peer-review.
Follow the guidelines for submission: Please refer Guidelines to submission. If these guidelines are not adhered to, the author/s will be requested to re-submit their Research Paper/ Book Review after modifying it according to the set guidelines. Furthermore, if several authors co-author the Research Paper/ Book Review , the main and corresponding author should be the scholar who has contributed most to the research work and the Research Paper/ Book Review production. All institutes, funding agencies and individuals who have played a role in the research process should be acknowledged in the Research Paper/ Book Review .
Avoiding plagiarism: JRR is taking a strict stance against any kind of plagiarism. The Editorial Team will check the Research Paper/ Book Review using plagiarism detection software before the peer review process begins. If any plagiarism is found, the Research Paper/ Book Review will be immediately returned to the author. After re-submission, and after the peer review process, the revised Research Paper/ Book Review will also be checked for plagiarism using the detection software.
Avoiding self-plagiarism: Authors are requested not to re-use their own published or unpublished data and text from any other Research Paper/ Book Review without proper citation.
Peer Review Process
Jamshedpur Research Review (JRR) peer review process is based on at least two blind peer-reviews. After checking the initial submission (that it follows the guidelines), the Research Paper/ Book Review will be given a code number to give anonymity to the Research Paper/ Book Review ’s author until it gets accepted or rejected. It will then be checked for plagiarism using the software. Only if it contains none or minimum levels of plagiarism will it be forwarded to two reviewers, one internal and one external to JRR. On receipt of the peer reviewers’ comments they will be cross-checked, and then forwarded to the author. The author should address the peer reviewers’ concerns and re-submit the revised Research Paper/ Book Review with a covering letter. At this point, the revised Research Paper/ Book Review and covering letter will be returned to the peer reviewer, who will check that their concerns have been adequately addressed. The final decision regarding publication of the Research Paper/ Book Review will be made by the Editorial Team depending upon the assessment of all the reviewers.
Peer review is an important activity, because it offers an element of quality control to scholarly work. The process seeks to weed out articles that are not of sufficient quality for the journal. Reviewers will be selected based on their thematic areas of work, and Jamshedpur Research Review encourages scholars to come forward to provide their name for our database of peer-reviewers. In addition to specialist reviewers, Jamshedpur Research review may conduct peer reviewing through a non-expert in the field, for the purpose of checking the readability of the Research Paper/ Book Review.
The reviewer’s comments can be critical and tough; however they should be constructive to help the author to revise the Research Paper/ Book Review in a productive way. The reviewer will use the format provided by JRR to give comments/feedback. We highly encourage reviewers to suggest further reading, and to give point by point clarifications. The reviewer can use the Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function if they wish; however they should take care not to reveal their identity through the comments (e.g. Track Changes should not reveal their name or initials). Needless to say, reviewers are not allowed to use the data or findings of a Research Paper/ Book Review for their own use without proper permission.
Following receipt of the peer reviewer’s comments, the author will be asked to address these comments and resubmit the Research Paper/ Book Review with a covering letter. The reviewer will then be sent the revised Research Paper/ Book Review and covering letter and will be requested to check whether or not the author has sufficiently addressed their raised points.
Editorial Team’s Responsibility
The Editorial Team mainly conduct the administrative and contents functions of the journal, ensuring the quality of its contributions. All members of the team share the responsibility to ensure that the journal’s quality is maintained to a high level.
- All submissions of Research Papers/ Book Reviews should be acknowledged within 72 hours.
- All Research Papers/ Book Reviews will be converted to anonymous format before sending for review.
- The reviewers’ comments will be sent to the author anonymously.
- Quality of submission will be checked against the Guidelines for Submission.
- Plagiarism will be thoroughly checked at several stages in the review process.
- Appropriate communication between authors, reviewers and Editorial Team will be maintained.
- Final decision for acceptance/rejection of a Research Paper/ Book Review should be made within 14 days after the reviewers have submitted their review comments.
- All major decisions and processes should be supervised by the Editor-in-Chief.
- Book reviews and executive-experience sharing texts will not be peer reviewed; rather they will be reviewed by the Editorial Team itself.
- The accepted Research Paper/ Book Review will be proof-read by a member of the Editorial Team.
- All finalised Research Papers/ Book Reviews will proceed to layout and then will be sent to the author for a final check.
The Editorial Boardconsists of scholars from different disciplines. Their responsibilities include helping identify referees/reviewers, acting as reviewers in the peer review process, providing suggestions for improving the quality of the journal, and from time-to-time making an objective evaluation of the journal.
Special issues: The Editorial Team may invite Guest Editors to address a theme, or scholars may approach the Editorial Team with a special issue in mind. Either way, the Guest Editors should themselves prepare a list of peer reviewers. The Guest Editors should submit their pre-selected papers to the Editorial Team, who will check the Research Paper/ Book Review s before proceeding to the publication stage.
Cases of academic misconduct
If cases of plagiarism or other types of misconduct, e.g. falsification, fabrication, are suspected or detected, the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Mithilesh Kr Choubey (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) should be contacted directly. Evidence should be provided to support the concerns. Jamshedpur Research Review (JRR) is committed to cooperate with any investigation and to respond to any questions regarding misconduct. Jamshedpur Research Review (JRR) is prepared to issue retractions or corrections when provided with the findings of an investigation that prove misconduct has taken place.
The Jamshedpur Research Review Editorial Team
Jamshedpur, 28 March 2017