ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
International Journal of Software Engineering and Computer Systems (IJSECS) is committed to ensure ethics in publication and quality of papers. The IJSECS is reviewed by international and local members of the editorial board and is published by UMP Publisher. IJSECS responsibility is to publish original works of value to the intellectual community in the best possible form and to the highest possible standards. We support similar standards from our reviewers and authors. Honesty, originality and fair dealing on the part of authors, and fairness, objectivity and confidentiality on the part of editors and reviewers are among the critical values that enable us to achieve the goal. IJSECS endorses and behaves in accordance with the codes of conduct and international standards established by the Committee on Publication Ethics. IJSECS is committed to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions, and to provide a legal review if necessary.
1. EDITORS RESPONSIBILITIES
- The Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts, submitted to the IJSECS should be published.
- The Editors decision is based on reviewers report in making a decision.
- The Editors evaluate manuscripts for their content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
- The Editors must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
- The Editors should ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.
- The Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.
2. EDITORIAL BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
- The Editorial Board must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
- The Editorial Board is responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
- The Editorial Board must keep information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential.
- The Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest.
3. REVIEWERS RESPONSIBILITIES
- Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant citation.
- Reviewers should request to the Editors attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- In case, a reviewer feels that it is not possible for him/her to complete review of the manuscript within required time then the same must be communicated to the editors, so that the same could be sent to any other reviewer.
- Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
- Information regarding manuscripts, submitted by authors should be kept confidential.
4. AUTHORS RESPONSIBILITIES
- The Authors should submit manuscripts only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that complies with all relevant legislation.
- The Authors present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
- The Authors should endeavour to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
- The Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
- The Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
- The Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited.
- The Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
- A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Duplicitous or expressively inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
- Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the content of the manuscript.
- The Authors should ensure that the authorship accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting; and if where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged.
- The Authors should disclose relevant funding sources and any existing or potential conflicts of interest. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors and the editor to retract or correct the paper.
5. ORIGINALITY AND PLAGIARISM
- Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only original works, and if they have used the works of others, that this has been appropriately cited.
- Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the content of the manuscript.
- Plagiarism in all its forms (from "passing off" another's paper as the authors own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper, to claiming results from research conducted by others) is unacceptable.
6. TRANSFER OF COPYRIGHT
- IJSECS accepts manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration for the publication by other print or electronic media. The authors agree to transfer the copyright to IJSECS editorial office. Please download the Copyright Transfer form at http://ijsecs.ump.edu.my/.