Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Journal of Environmental Education Research’s Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.

Duties and responsibilities of editors

All of a journal’s content should be subjected to peer-review. Articles submitted for possible publication are subjected to a double-blind, peer review process. Articles are first reviewed by editors. The editor may reject it out of hand either because it is not dealing with the subject matter for that journal or because it is manifestly of a low quality so that it cannot be considered at all. Articles that are found suitable for review are then sent to two experts in the field of the paper. Editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors´ decision to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on reviewers’ recommendation of the paper´s importance, originality and clarity, and the study´s relevance to the aim of journal. Editors will ensure that material submitted remains confidential while under review. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Responsibilities of authors

Authors of papers should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constituting unethical behavior are unacceptable. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that has to be appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism in all its forms constituting unethical publishing behavior is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for clarifications, proof of ethics approval, and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

Responsibilities of publisher

Publishers shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take appropriate action to clarify the situation, publish an erratum, or retract the work in question. Publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.