Policies and Guidelines

Duties and Responsibilities of Editors

Editors are responsible to evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (originality, importance, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to scope of the journal, without regard to the authors’ gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.

Confidentiality

Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, potential reviewers, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Editors and editorial board members will not use any unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research work and purposes without the corresponding authors’ agreement. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, it is their duty to ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Publication decisions

The editors of IJIRSS ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo peer-review process by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding the final publication of the manuscripts submitted to the journal, based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to readers and researchers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. The Editor-in-Chief will not give the responsibility of peer review to reviewers of the same university as the manuscript has received/submitted to IJIRSS. The reviewers will not disclose any information about the manuscript sent to them by IJIRSS editors to anyone other than the Editor-in-Chief of IJIRSS.

Duties of Authors

Authors are responsible to include their original research work with accurate results. Authors should ensure that they have written the sufficient details with references and the avoid the plagiarism. As IJIRSS can accept papers with less than 20% similarity. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the manuscript

Only persons who have made substantial contributions to the work should be listed as authors in the manuscript as they must be able to take public responsibility for the content: made significant contributions to the design, conception, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; and drafted the manuscript or revised it.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Authors must disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations related to the manuscript.

Acknowledgement of sources

Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, mentioned the person, organization or institution who have made potential influence on the manuscript.

Open Access Policy

IJIRSS does not require authors to assign copyright of their own published original work to the journal. All articles published in IJIRSS are under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). This license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are allowed to download, read, copy, share/distribute, print, translate, search and find full text of the published work without the prior permission of the publication’s author or the publisher.

Plagiarism 

Plagiarism is an academic dishonesty and considered as an offense of publication ethic. IJIRSS uses Turnitin software to check the plagiarism in each article. For a paper to be acceptable by IJIRSS editors the plagiarism should not be more than 20%. IJIRSS editors have the full right to reject the submitted papers with higher than 20% plagiarism or ask for reduction of the similarity index from authors.