Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement JETK - A journal for professional researchers, enterprises, public institutions, corporations & the international academic community.

 

Journal of Economics and Technologies Knowledge (JETK) published by the Free Mind Publishing in partnership with The Knowledge Based Development Foundation endeavors to adhere to the highest standard of ethics of publication of scholarly research work. JETK's Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is guided by COPE's (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, reviewers and authors.

Publication process
The submission process of an article is electronic (e-form).
It is fundamental that the authors are kept fully informed about the status of their paper at all stages. Although these are detailed in the journal's guidelines to authors, the editors feel that the authors would like to see them in practice. Thus, the process starts off with acknowledgement of receipt of papers as they are received.

This reminds the authors of the process that their papers will go through a series of steps and that they will be briefed about the developments throughout. Most importantly, the objective is to take the authors into confidence telling them in no uncertain terms that they need not worry about any lapses taking place on the journal side.

The editorial team comprising the chief editor, managing editor and the editors/associate editors, with their collective wisdom and experience, first screens the papers to make sure that the papers fully comply with the journal's focus and would look to be of an acceptable standard overall to warrant further processing – reviewing etc. If not, the paper may be returned to the author, very often, advising them that , for better exposure, it should be sent to some other journal expressly more dedicated to the theme. From an ethical point of view, this aspect is deemed highly important and is considered as an USP of the journal. The papers, once through this screening, will then be sent to the reviewers (see below). In case the review yields positive results, the paper will be accepted for publication subject to any other conditions being met in that the publication process is subject to the Journal abiding by the legal requirements in force regarding libel, breaches of copyright, plagiarism amongst others.

Duties and responsibilities of authors
It is well specified in the journal policy that only scientific works would be considered for potential publication. The authors are requested to go through the pages detailing submission procedures and note that their work is obliged to go through a peer review process prior to any consideration for publication. They themselves should satisfy that the work is objective and original enough, that there is application of theory to practice wherever warranted, conclusions are supported by evidence and it adds to the body of knowledge already in existence. Where there is more than one author all authors are expected to significantly contribute to the research. These are all hall marks of being scholarly. It needs to be emphasized that there is a conscious effort to avoid plagiarism. The works must be well referenced. Poor referencing, or very old references is often a cause for refusal of a paper because of the possible interpretation that ideas have been borrowed from other researches without acknowledging them. All authors must agree to submit a statement that all data in the article is real and authentic and fully complies with the guidance and rubrics of the journal. It is also a requirement of submission for consideration that the author/authors declare any financial support received with a view to undertaking or commissioning the said research.

The same research work should not be submitted to another journal when it is under consideration by one. Should authors so feel that the time being taken by a journal, JETK for instance, is unacceptable to them, they should ask for withdrawing their paper from consideration. Once an article has been peer reviewed and approved for publication it will be sent back to the authors for a final check and it is imperative that the article is thoroughly appraised and that notification is sent of any retraction and any mistakes or errors that have be corrected prior to publication.
For now there are NO FEES for this PROCESS!

Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
The journal uses double-blind review process. The reviewers advise the editors as to whether the paper is of publishable material or not. If it is not, sufficient reasons should be provided so that the author(s) can go back to the drawing board and improve upon what they had already done.
Reviewers must also accept only those papers where they would feel competent enough to perform the duties expected of them. To facilitate this process, JETK has a competency data base of all its reviewers which are updated periodically. As business environment changes, there will be emerging areas of research. The journal proactively considers inviting new reviewers to smoothen the review process so that the authors are not inconvenienced. Reviewers must endeavor to be objective at all times and should declare any conflict of interest with regards to the research, the authors and or any institutions or bodies that have provided funding for the said research. Diligence is important and reviewers should be sure to point out relevant published work not yet cited. All articles should be treated with confidentiality at all times.

Editor's responsibilities
Responsibility
From the outset it must be understood that the Editor has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. They will only accept an article once it has undergone the Journal's established processes and when as certain as is reasonably possible that the paper meets accepted academic standards and the rubric as set out by the Journal. The Editor is ever mindful of the issue of conflict of interest with regard to the acceptance or rejection of an article.

Rapid response
The journal editors are committed to provide timely review to the authors. If a reviewer does not submit his/her report in a timely manner, the paper is immediately sent to another qualified reviewer.
The Editor-in-Chief or the other editors would communicate with the authors, as required, briefing them why the paper, in its present shape could not be published.

Confidentiality
The Editor, reviewers, and editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, editorial team, and the publisher, as appropriate. The Editorial team will take all reasonable steps to protect and preserve the anonymity of the reviewers.

Transparency
When errors are found the Editor commits to ensure the publication of a correction or retraction.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by any of the editorial board members and reviewers in their own research.

DISCLAIMER
1. The Journal of Economics and Technologies Knowledge (JETK), the editors, the Editorial Board is not responsible for authors' expressed opinions, views, and the contents of the published manuscripts in the JETK. The originality, proofreading of manuscripts and errors are the sole responsibility of the individual authors. All manuscripts submitted for review and publication in the JETK go under double-blind reviews for authenticity, ethical issues, and useful contributions. Decisions of the reviewers are the only tool for publication in the JETK. Final decision, as noted above, is, however, taken by the editorial team at JETK.
2. JETK reserve the rights to add, amend, modify, or delete its rules, policies, and procedures affecting its relationship with contributors as deemed necessary by the administration.
3. Free Mind Publishing and JETK reviewers will make every effort to ensure that no paper submitted contains any plagiarized material, it must be stressed that this is ultimately the responsibility of the author.

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