Publication Ethics

The "Journal of Regional Connectivity and Development" (JRC&D) is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct in research, publication, and peer review. This document outlines the ethical principles expected of authors, editors, reviewers, and the journal itself.

Duties of Authors:

  • Originality: Authors must submit original research that has not been previously published elsewhere, except in the form of abstracts or conference proceedings.
  • Authorship: All listed authors must have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or analysis of the research and be accountable for the presented work. Non-contributing individuals should not be listed as authors.
  • Data and Methods: Authors must accurately describe their research methods, data analysis, and results, including any limitations or potential biases. They must also provide access to raw data upon reasonable request from editors or reviewers.
  • Citation and Copyright: Authors must properly cite all relevant sources and ensure they have the necessary permissions for any copyrighted material used in their work.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, such as financial or personal relationships, that could influence their research or its presentation.
  • Plagiarism and Research Misconduct: Plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, and other forms of research misconduct are strictly prohibited.

Duties of Editors:

  • Fairness and Objectivity: Editors must handle all submissions fairly and objectively, without bias towards any author, institution, or research approach.
  • Confidentiality: Editors must maintain the confidentiality of all submitted manuscripts and reviewers' identities.
  • Conflict of Interest: Editors must avoid handling submissions where they have a conflict of interest, such as with a personal or professional relationship to one of the authors.
  • Peer Review: Editors must select qualified reviewers with expertise relevant to the submitted manuscript and ensure a fair and rigorous peer review process.
  • Publication Decisions: Editors must base their publication decisions solely on the merit of the research and the reviewers' feedback.

Duties of Reviewers:

  • Expertise and Objectivity: Reviewers must have the necessary expertise to evaluate the submitted manuscript and provide constructive feedback based on their expertise and objective judgment.
  • Confidentiality: Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript and any related information.
  • Timeliness: Reviewers must provide their feedback promptly and within the agreed-upon timeframe.
  • Conflict of Interest: Reviewers must avoid reviewing manuscripts where they have a conflict of interest, such as with a personal or professional relationship to one of the authors.

Duties of the Journal:

  • Transparency: The journal should clearly state its policies on peer review, author guidelines, editorial processes, and ethical standards.
  • Complaints and Appeals: The journal should have clear procedures for handling complaints about potential ethical violations and appeals from authors.
  • Retraction and Correction: The journal should have procedures for retracting or correcting published articles in cases of research misconduct or errors.
  • Data Availability: The journal should encourage authors to make their data publicly available whenever possible.

Compliance and Enforcement:

JRC&D is committed to upholding these ethical standards and will take appropriate action in cases of non-compliance. This may include retraction of published articles, public notification of misconduct, or exclusion from future submissions.