Publication Ethics

The Indus Journal of Social Sciences (IJSS) follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on publication ethics. These guidelines are designed to promote honesty, transparency, and accountability in the publication process.

The specific publication ethics that are relevant to IJSS include:

  • Ethics approval, informed consent, and data confidentiality: Authors must obtain ethics approval for their research if required by their institution or country. They must also obtain informed consent from participants in their research. Data collected must be kept confidential.
  • Data manipulation and research fraud: Authors must not manipulate or fabricate data, or engage in other forms of research fraud.
  • Plagiarism: Authors must not plagiarize the work of others. This includes copying text, figures, or other data from other sources without giving proper attribution.
  • Simultaneous submission: Authors must not submit their work to more than one journal at the same time.
  • Duplicate publication: Authors must not publish the same research in more than one journal.
  • Self-citation: Authors should not cite their own work excessively.
  • Ethics with authorship: Authors should only be listed as authors if they have made a significant contribution to the research.
  • Conflicts of interest: Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest that could bias their research.

If an author is found to have violated any of these publication ethics, the IJSS may take action, such as retracting the article or banning the author from submitting future articles.

In addition to the COPE guidelines, the IJSS also has its own set of publication ethics, which can be found on the journal's website. These ethics are designed to further ensure the quality and integrity of the research published in the journal.