Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences (EJSBS)

About EJSBS
EJSBS is a peer-reviewed journal that selects and publishes research in the social and behavioural sciences. The Code of Ethics describes EJSBS's policies for ensuring the ethical treatment of all participants in its publication process. EJSBS authors, editors, and reviewers are encouraged to review these guidelines and address any questions or concerns to the EJSBS Editor-in-Chief, at admissions@futureacademy.org.uk

Review
EJSBS uses double-blind review; both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  

Authorship and Responsibility
By submitting a manuscript to EJSBS, all persons included as authors agree that they have reviewed and approved the manuscript prior to submission, and that they accept responsibility for the information contained in the submission. Authorship credit should be based on:Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and Final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions in 1, 2, and 3. In multicentre studies, the individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship/contributorship defined above and editors will ask these individuals to complete specific author and conflict of interest disclosure forms. All authors must sign a copyright transfer form. The names of all authors must be placed under the title of the manuscript. Individuals who were not principal researchers or writers should not be listed as authors but should be acknowledged instead for their ancillary role in an acknowledgment footnote. By submitting original research, the authors agree that the original research data are available for review upon a formal request from the Editor.

General Responsibilities of Editors
To support and maintain the integrity and freedom of expression in scientific research.

To strive to meet the needs of readers and authors. 
Apply consistent standards in their peer-review processes and ensure its fairness and lack of bias.
To select which papers submitted to the journal to publish and providing authors with an explanation to the editorial decision of manuscripts submitted.
Evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. 
Objectively monitor the performance of peer reviewers and editors and consider manuscripts submitted for publication with reasonable speed.  
Accept responsibility for all text published in journals. 
Maintain confidentiality about a manuscript under consideration. After a decision has been made regarding its publication, the editors may disclose or publish titles and authors’ names of accepted papers.
Never to use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper.
Encourage peer reviewers to consider ethical issues related to the research reviewed. 
Act sensitively when publishing images of objects of cultural significance or that may offend.

Editorial Responsibilities
To ensure submissions have not been previously published. 

To ensure that publications do not contain any copied material from published or copyrighted work.
To remove any inaccurate, false, misleading, obscene, scandalous, or unlawful text or graphic.
As needed, to publish clarifications (errata), corrections, retractions, or apologies.

Responsibilities of Authors
Submit only original works, citing and quoting the works of others.

Inform the editors in writing whenever the submitted research is funded.
Identify sources of support for a manuscript in the acknowledgment. 
Ensure submissions do not include plagiarised material and/or self-plagiarism (also known as duplicate publication). 
Notify the editor in writing about any related manuscripts under consideration by another publisher or in press. Forward copies of these manuscripts to the editor.
When requested, provide the data and a description of the research methods used.
Promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct any significant error or inaccuracy in the author’s work. 
Ensure that the corresponding author has signed the EJSBS copyright, certifying that the article is an original work, that it has not been published previously, and that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere in any form.
Ensure that the Conflict of Interest Statement and the Informed Consent/Oversight statements are completed when submitting the manuscript.


Complaints
Complaints to the publisher must be related to an author, reviewer, article, editor, or publisher.

Any potential conflict of interest should be directed to the editors.
Editors are responsible for the timely and thorough investigation of all complaints and for reporting the outcome of the investigation to the complainant. The decision of the editorial board is final. 

Plagiarism
The Full Text Paper in which plagiarism is detected will be handled based on the extent of plagiarism detected in the Full Text Paper. 

Less than 5 % - The Full Text Paper is assigned a Full Text Paper ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for the content revision.
Between 5 and 25 % - The Full Text Paper is not Assigned a Full Text Paper ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for the content revision
More than 25 % - The Full Text Paper is rejected without editorial review. The authors are advised to revise the plagiarized parts of the Full Text Paper and resubmit it as a fresh Full Text Paper. 
It may happen that Original Full Text Paper is not freely accessible to Full Text Paper indexing services due to restrictions by programmers, journals or publishers; in that case, it may not be possible to detect plagiarism / duplicate publication in a Full Text Paper.

Fabrication and Falsification
Fabrication is construed as the misrepresentation of research processes, manipulation of data /analysis and reporting of results with the aim of misleading the readers. 

Falsification is construed as misrepresentation and /or omitting of research processes, data and / or results with the aim of misleading the readers.
In both cases, the authenticity of the research processes, data/analysis, reporting of results are compromised. 

Language
Only the Full Text Papers that abide by the journal's regulations and are written in standard (internationally acceptable) English will be considered for publication.

References 

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, 2019). Principles of Transparency and Best Practices Retrieve from here.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, 2019). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (updated). Retrieve from here.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, 2019). Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.  Retrieve from here.