Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality research publications, public trust in research findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas.
All journals published by Research Academy of Social Sciences (RASS) are committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.
Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.
Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.
Data Fabrication and Falsification
Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.
Improper Author Contribution or Attribution
All listed authors must have made a significant research contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant research contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.
Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles.
In the event that there are documented violations of any of the above mentioned policies in any journal, regardless of whether or not the violations occurred in a journal published by Research Academy of Social Sciences, the following sanctions will be applied:
- Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript.
- Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by Research Academy of Social Sciences by any of the authors of the infringing manuscript.
- Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to any journal published by Research Academy of Social Sciences, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors. This prohibition will be imposed for a minimum of 36 months.
- Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by Research Academy of Social Sciences.
In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly egregious, the publisher reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.
Authors of Research Academy of Social Sciences (RASS) must confirm the following:
Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s).
Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.
It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript.
All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.
Reviewers of Research Academy of Social Sciences (RASS) must confirm the following:
That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of author(s).
That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential
That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.
Editors of Research Academy of Social Sciences (RASS) must confirm the following:
That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors.
That information pertaining manuscripts are kept confidential.
That any observed conflict of interest pertaining manuscripts must be disclosed.
The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.