IJMDR abides itself in ethical responsibility towards the confidentiality, coherency, and respect to the manuscripts submitted to it for consideration for publishing in its volumes. The manuscripts are essential parts of its knowledge platform and are in fact the means of its existence. IJMDR accepts that manuscripts are knowledge assets of the authors and are the direct reflection of their research works and achievements. We accept that the manuscripts are outcome of joint efforts and inputs from authors, co-authors, and associated institutions. Looking into the sensitivity of the research content, IJMDR accepts the need of ethical behaviour for all stakeholders (authors, reviewers, editors, coordinators, achievers, and others) involved in the process of publishing of research manuscripts.
The Author(s) of the manuscripts should take ethical responsibilities about the originality of content, correctness of results, and authenticity of the resources. The Author(s) should not copy the contents, produce redundant information, and exploit the ambiguity in content. The Author(s) should ethically respect the copyrights, patents, acknowledgements, references, disclosures, and conflicts of interests as and wherever applicable in whatsoever manners. The author(s) should claim the credit only for work that they have produced originally by them. The author(s) should properly cite and acknowledge the work of others as well as their own related work that they have got already published and used as reference in the currently submitted manuscript It is the responsibility of the authors, not the editors or reviewers or any other team member of the journal, to ensure that relevant prior research outcomes and discoveries are appropriately acknowledged with the original citations in manuscripts submitted for publication. The author(s) should submit only original and unpublished works to the journals, no part of which has been previously published in print or online as, or is under consideration as, a peer-reviewed article in another journal, as a non-peer-reviewed article (such as a review) in another journal, or as a book chapter.
They should determine whether the disclosure of content requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, obtain that consent prior to submission. Taking permission to include any such content in the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the author. The editorial authorities of the journal would consider that all such permissions have already been taken by the author before submission of the manuscript. The editorial authorities of the journal would neither ask nor remind nor seek evidences for any such permission from the author(s). They author(s) should maintain access to original research results; primary data should remain in the laboratory and should be preserved for a minimum of five years or for as long as there may be reasonable need to refer to them. All authors of articles submitted for publication should assume full responsibility, within the limits of their professional competence, for the accuracy and completeness of the facts, procedures, results, and other content contained in their manuscripts.
All parties must refrain them from any type of misconduct of the journal policies, international standards, and legal obligations. All parties must respect the confidentiality of the content submitted by the authors and authors must not submit the content at more than one place for publishing or consideration for publishing. The decisions of acceptance or rejections of manuscripts in a volume would be in direct interest of objectives of the journal and would be independent of race, sex, religion, region, qualification, position, and other individuality of the author(s). Confidentiality of the content of all submitted manuscripts should be respected and maintained on priority. No party/individual should make or retain copies of the content and all content must be returned to Editor-in-Chief after taking required actions on it. No party should use the content, or any of its part, or the information contained in it before its official publishing and release. The reviewers should submit their comments on the manuscript and its contents and NOT on the knowledge of proficiency of the author(s). At the same time, the reviewer should also extend their vision towards the contribution (positive as well as negative) of the content towards the society and the objectives of the journal and provide the comments accordingly.
The Editor-in-Chief would consider the reviewer’s comments as one of the bases of its decision about inclusion or rejection of the manuscript in any volume of the journal though, there can be many other factors contributing to this decision e.g. criticality of the topic, suitability to current stream of journal etc. that may have not been commented upon by the reviewers. Based on all factors, the Editor-in-Chief would take the decision about inclusion of manuscript in the journal and this decision should be finally acceptable to all parties. Blind review means confidentiality of reviewers’ identities from authors and authors’ identities from reviewers. Editors, reviewers, coordinators, and all involved parties should maintain this two way confidentiality of the Blind Review Process. The reviewer(s) should bring in the knowledge of Editor-in-Chief if they find themselves connected with the manuscript or the authors in any ways e.g. they may have got a manuscript guided by them only, because in blind review process, this may be a possible scenario. Such a case should be reported immediately to the Editor-in-Chief and taking corrective actions.
The editors and coordinators should make proper checks to avoid conflict of interests between authors and reviewers. Different acting boards should NOT act to influence the decisions and actions of each others. They should work independently and contribute collectively towards the objectives of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief may skip or add some step(s) in the processing of the manuscript if found utmost needed in order to avoid any conflicts or forecasted crisis e.g. sometimes review of some content may be skipped due to maintain required secrecy before publishing or to avoid conflict of interest with the reviewers. Editor-in-chief, however, would be the final decision making authority for such steps and would not be answerable to anyone for such decisions. No party should forge, misarticulate, alter, or spoil the content of the submitted manuscripts.
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