Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1.  Editor Roles and Responsibilities

a) The Editors and/or Editorial Board should:

  • Review submitted manuscripts.
  • Keep confidential information pertaining to submitted manuscripts
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest.
  • Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit.
  • Evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Be responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
  • Review suspected incidents of plagiarism.
  • Advise on journal policy and scope.
  • Attract new authors and

b) Editor Responsibilities toward Reviewers:

  • Assigning papers for review appropriate to each reviewer’s area of interest and
  • Establishing a process for reviewers to ensure that they treat the manuscript as a confidential document and complete the review
  • Informing reviewers that they are not allowed to make any use of the work described in the manuscript or to take advantage of the knowledge they gained by reviewing it before
  • Providing reviewers with written, explicit instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, quality, and timeliness of their reviews to promote thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted
  • Requesting that reviewers identify any potential conflicts of interest and asking that they recuse themselves if they cannot provide an unbiased
  • Allowing reviewer appropriate time to complete their
  • Requesting reviews at a reasonable frequency that does not overtax any one
  • Finding ways to recognize the contributions of reviewers, for example, by publicly thanking them in the journal; providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion; offering professional education credits; or inviting them to serve on the editorial board of the

2. Author and Corresponding Author Responsibilities

a) Principles related to authorship with general consensus include the following:

  • Individuals who contributed to the work but whose contributions were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant authorship should be identified by name in an acknowledgments
  • All individuals who qualify for authorship or acknowledgment should be Conversely, every person identified as an author or acknowledged contributor should qualify for these roles.
  • Individuals listed as authors should review and approve the manuscript before
  • Editors should require authors and those acknowledged to identify their contributions to the work and make this information available to
  • The ultimate reason for identification of authors and other contributors is to establish accountability for the reported

b) Authorship should be limited to:

  • Individuals who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported
  • Identification of authors and other contributors is the responsibility of the people who did the work (the researchers) not the people who publish the work (editors, publishers). Researchers should determine which individuals have contributed sufficiently to the work to warrant identification as an
  • Individuals listed as authors should review and approve the manuscript before
  • Individuals who contributed to the work but whose contributions were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant authorship should be identified by name in an acknowledgments
  • All individuals who qualify for authorship or acknowledgment should be Conversely, every person identified as an author or acknowledged contributor should qualify for these roles.
  • Those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.
  • Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as

c) The corresponding author should:

  • Ensure that all appropriate co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the
  • Give consent to the manuscript submission for
  • Manage any requests to add, delete or rearrange author names in an article published in an online

d) The authors should:

  • The author-editor relationship is founded on confidentiality. Authors should hold all communication between themselves and the journal in Authors should designate a specific contact for all communication about the manuscript throughout peer review and (if accepted) the publication process. Authors should observe journal policy on communication with external peer reviewers (the policy may vary depending on whether a journal uses masked or non-masked peer review) and should observe journal policy on prepublication embargoes.
  • Ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. The authors should provide a statement attesting to the originality of the study they have submitted for consideration. Originality is crucial, because many journals have limited space and editors may give a low priority to studies that, regardless of scientific accuracy and validity, do not advance the scientific enterprise. Some journals may ask authors to provide copies of reports on other studies (articles, manuscripts, and abstracts) related to the study under
  • Copyright Assignment. Authors are usually expected to assign copyright to the journal publishing their study. Assignment of copyright is a legal document in which the authors assign certain rights to the publisher. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this
  • Secure the necessary reproduction rights with the rights holder for any third party material (images, digital content, etc.) you have used prior to
  • Ensure that they have acknowledged any funding that have contributed to the
  • Provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access and retain such data for a reasonable time after
  • NOT in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary
  • NOT submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is
  • Include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of
  • Promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the
  • Ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them.
  • Include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human
  • Obtain appropriate consents, permissions and releases where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other

3. Peer-review Process

a) Reviewer responsibilities toward authors:

  • Providing written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work, together with the documented basis for the reviewer’s opinion
  • Indicating whether the writing is clear, concise, and relevant and rating the work’s composition, scientific accuracy, originality, and interest to the journal’s
  • Avoiding personal comments or
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of the review process: not sharing, discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed

b) Reviewer responsibilities in regards to citations:

  • Recommending the addition of important or relevant published works that are widely available into the citation
  • Discouraging the citation of unrelated
  • Alerting the authors on the possible errors or misuse of citations whenever
  • Informing the authors on knowledge of cited works that have been updated or

c) Reviewer responsibilities toward editors:

  • Notifying the editor immediately if unable to review in a timely manner and providing the names of potential other
  • Alerting the editor about any potential personal or financial conflict of interest and declining to review when a possibility of a conflict
  • Complying with the editor’s written instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, and quality of the
  • Providing a thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work, which may include supplementary material provided to the journal by the
  • Determining scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work; indicating ways to improve it; and recommending acceptance or rejection using whatever rating scale the editor deems most
  • Noting any ethical concerns, such as any violation of accepted norms of ethical treatment of animal or human subjects or substantial similarity between the reviewed manuscript and any published paper or any manuscript concurrently submitted to another journal which may be known to the
  • Refraining from direct author

4. Publication Ethics

The Editorial Committee aims to shape the scientific journal environment such as ethical publishing practices, inform those involved in the editorial process, and foster informed decision-making by editors so the integrity of our publications is upheld. In addition, publishers and editors take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred; in no event shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place; in the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately; the journal should have available guidelines for retracting or correcting articles when needed; and finally publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

5. Copyright and Access

Authors who claim ownership to the data being reported, along with the manuscript’s authors, may be asked to sign over certain publication rights to the journal through copyright transfer or a licensing agreement. Authors should be aware of, and must abide by, the terms of these agreements.

6. Archiving

The Asian Journal of Vocational Education and Humanities (AJVAH) is published online with a frequency of MONTHLY issues per year. Besides that, special issues of AJVAH will be published non-periodically from time to time.