PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

(based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)

The journal, ABS International Journal of Management- follows the Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Editors, Publishers as well as Authorsrecommended at https://www.elsevier.com, COPE Code of Conduct and Best PracticeGuidelines for Journal EditorsandtheCode of Conduct for Journal Publishers.Weencourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible measures against publication malpractices


Duties of Editors

Objectivity and Independence

Editors are entrusted with the task of scrutinizing and reviewing the articles submitted by the authors for publication. They analyze the submitted manuscripts on the basis of their academic worth, i.e., their importance, originality, validity, clarity, value addition and the relevance to the journal’sscope. TheEditor-in-Chief has full authority over the editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication. The editor’s decisions are irrespective of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, philosophical orientation, religion, political or institutional affiliation of the contributing authors.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Editors and their team are committed not to reveal any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone except the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher, as per requirement of publication process. They never use any information from a submitted manuscript for their own researchpurposes.

Peer Review and Ethical Publication Decisions

It is the duty of editors to confirm that all the manuscripts submitted for publication, undergo the plagiarism check and peer-review process. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding at least two reviewers (expert in the field) to whom the manuscripts should be sent for blind peer review.

The decision about the publication of manuscripts in the journal is made by Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the editorial team. The validation of the work in question depends upon its importance to researchers and readers, comments of reviewers and compliance of legal requirements like copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editorial team is ready to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies, whenever needed. The contact information for the editorial office has been provided in the journal as well as on our website for the convenience of contributors.


Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review facilitates editors to make decisions regarding publication and communicating to authors for improvement in their manuscripts. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and knowledge dissemination. Our editorial board consists of eminent & distinguished experts of their field from all across the globe.

Confidentiality

Since the manuscripts received for review are confidential documents, these must be treated with utmost privacy and must not be shown to or discussed with others except authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate. Reviewers should not have any conflict of interest.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.


Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The article should be accurate, objective and comprehensive. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if required. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least 5 years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not impede their release.

Originality and plagiarism

Authors should ensure that they have written and submitted only entirely original work. If they have used the work or words of others in their manuscript, it should be appropriately cited. Plagiarism of any form, like "picking up" another's study as one's own, copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's research (without acknowledgement) comes under unethical publishing behaviour and is totally intolerable.

Multiple, duplicate, redundant or concurrent submission/publication

Papers relating to fundamentally the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Hence, authors are advised not to submit a manuscript for consideration which has already been published in any other journal. Submission of a manuscript simultaneously to more than one journal is unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the manuscript

Persons who meet the criteria mentioned below, are listed as authors in the manuscript being published as they take public responsibility for -

  1. the content
  2. contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study
  3. drafting the manuscript or revising it as per suggestions by reviewers to make it more knowledgeable
  4. approving the final version of the paper and agreeing to its submission for publication
  5. making a copyright declaration

Duties of the Publisher

Handling of unethical publishing behaviour

In a case of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with Editor in chief and his team, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of a corrigendum for errors, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, along with team of editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.

Access to journal content

The publisher is committed to preserve the scholarly content sent for publication on its own digital archive. Its easy accessibility to the readers is ensured by the organization through uploading it on the web portal.