Publication Ethics

All entities involved in the publication process (authors, journal editors, reviewers, and publishers) need to adhere to expected ethical standards. The ethical policy of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Education Sciences aligns with the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Therefore, submitted manuscripts must comply with the author guidelines presented below and be processed in accordance with the journal's editor and reviewer guidelines presented below.

Responsibilities of authors:

  1. Provide a thorough description of the conducted research and a discussion of its significance, so that the manuscript contains all the information necessary for it to be repeated by an independent research team.
  2. Confirm the involvement in the research performance and creation of the manuscript of all persons who have been indicated as authors. Ghost-writing and guest authorship are prohibited.
  3. Ensure that the manuscript submitted is completely original, and if the work and/or words of other authors have been used, ensure that they are properly cited. Plagiarism and self-plagiarism is not accepted.
  4. Obtain permission to copy content from other sources (if used in the manuscript).
  5. Declare that the submitted manuscript has not been previously published or submitted to another journal. Self-plagiarism is not accepted.
  6. Identify and describe in the manuscript any hazards associated with the use of chemicals, procedures or equipment used to conduct the research.
  7. Disclose sources of funding for the research described in the manuscript and other potential substantive conflicts of interest that could affect research results or their interpretation.
  8. Should a significant error or inaccuracy be detected in a published article, immediately notify the editor or publisher of the journal and cooperate in order to retract the article or publish an appropriate erratum.

This list is not exhaustive. Authors should be aware of local regulations and standards adopted for scientific publications in their own country and apply them.

Responsibilities of reviewers:

  1. Treat the submitted manuscript as confidential material. Do not share it with third parties. Do not use the information or ideas contained therein for personal gain.
  2. Inform the editor if he/she feels incompetent to review the research described in the manuscript or if he/she knows that he/she will be unable to complete the review in a timely manner.
  3. Inform the editor that he/she cannot review the submitted manuscript due to a conflict of interest arising from competition or collaboration, or other relationships or affiliations with any of the authors, or with any company or institution related to the manuscript.
  4. Evaluate the manuscript objectively and without personal criticism of the authors.
  5. Express his/her views clearly, with appropriate arguments.
  6. Indicate significant published works that have not been cited by the authors.
  7. Pay attention to any significant similarity of the reviewed manuscript to other published works known to him/her.
  8. Prepare the review in such a way that it helps the editor to make a decision and the authors to improve the manuscript.
  9. Not to reveal his/her identity to the authors, neither in the comments nor in the metadata of the files attached in the review form in MS Word or PDF formats (Journal of Professional Learning and Sustainable Education operate double-blind peer review).

Responsibilities of editors:

  1. Based on the report from the anti-plagiarism system and guidelines for authors, decide which of the articles should be submitted for substantive evaluation.
  2. Make decisions which of the articles submitted for substantive evaluation should be published (when making decisions about publication, the editor may consult other editors, other members of the editorial board and reviewers).
  3. Evaluate manuscripts without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, citizenship or political views of the authors.
  4. Not to disclose any information about the article to anyone other than the authors, reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some cases other editors, other members of the editorial board and the publisher.
  5. Not to use the information or ideas contained in the article for personal gain.
  6. Seek to ensure a fair review process by withdrawing from consideration of the manuscript in which they have a conflict of interest arising from competition or collaboration, or other relationships or affiliations with any of the authors, or with any company or institution related to the manuscript.
  7. Maintain the scientific credibility of the manuscript by preventing situations where economic considerations (e.g. advertising or other commercial revenues) could influence editorial decisions.
  8. Require all associates to disclose significant competing interests.
  9. Always be ready to investigate when misconduct by reviewers or editors is reported, or when ethical complaints are made about a submitted manuscript or published work.
  10. Always be ready to publish corrigenda, clarifications, corrections and apologies if necessary.

Responsibilities of publisher:

In the case of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, he/she cooperates with the editorial board to take all appropriate actions to clarify the situation and make necessary changes to already published materials (from publishing an erratum to a complete retraction of the manuscript).