Journals Code of Ethics

Academic Studies Press (ASP) takes seriously the responsibility of its journals to reflect the highest in publication ethics. All authors, editors, and reviewers are expected to abide by the following codes of ethics.

Principles to which Editors should adhere:

  • Editors are responsible for the content published in their journals.

  • Editors will endeavor to:

    • meet the needs of readers and authors;

    • maintain the quality of the material they publish;

    • champion freedom of expression;

    • maintain the integrity of the academic record;

    • preclude business needs from compromising intellectual standards;

    • always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

  • Relations with authors:

    • Editors should maintain objectivity and balance in the review of all articles, acting without bias or favoritism based on the origin of an article, an author’s gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, or age, or on the grounds of commercial considerations.

    • Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity, and the manuscript’s relevance to the journal.

    • Editors should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish.

    • A description of peer review processes should be published, and Editors should be ready to justify any important deviation from the described processes.

    • Journals should have a declared mechanism for authors to appeal against Editorial decisions.

    • Editors should provide authors with clear submissions guidelines.

    • Editors should not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless serious problems are identified with the submission.

    • Incoming Editors should not reverse decisions to publish submissions made by the previous Editor unless serious problems are identified.

  • Relations with reviewers:

    • Editors should provide reviewers with guidelines, which should be current.

    • Editors should strive to protect peer reviewers’ identities.

    • Editors should ensure that material submitted to their journal remains confidential while under review.

  • Relations with readers

    • If applicable, readers will be informed about who has funded research and on the role of the funders in the research.

Principles to which Reviewers should adhere:

  • Reviewers must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.

  • Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential.

  • Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editors any information that may be reason to reject publication of a manuscript.

  • Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content. Criticism of a personal nature of the author is inappropriate.

Principles to which Authors should adhere:

  • Authors should certify that their manuscripts are their original work.

  • Authors should certify that the manuscript, in its present form, has not previously been published elsewhere.

  • Authors should certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

  • Authors should conduct research for each article in an ethical and responsible manner that complies with relevant legislation and applicable industry rules and guidelines.

  • Authors should provide retractions or corrections to an article promptly upon discovery or notification (and verification) of inaccuracies in the article.

  • Authors should notify the press or publication concerned of any conflicts of interest.

  • Authors should accurately identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript, including proper acknowledgement of the work of others and proper citation of relevant publications. The inclusion in a manuscript of plagiarized text is never acceptable.

  • Authors should ensure accurate attribution of authorship for each article, with all listed authors having made a significant contribution to the research and/or article, and all individuals who made a significant contribution to the research and/or article properly included as co-authors. Authors should take collective responsibility for all articles they submit and all articles they publish.

Principles to which ASP should adhere:

  • ASP will establish in its publications agreements clear descriptions of its own and the Editor’s duties and responsibilities, as well as those of any other entity affected by the agreement.

  • ASP will make every effort to respect the privacy of reviewers and readers of manuscripts submitted for review; should any research involve unidentified subjects, efforts to protect their identity will be a priority.

  • ASP will promptly publish corrections, clarifications, revisions, retractions, and apologies, if and when the need arises, and with due prominence.

  • ASP will protect the copyright and intellectual property rights of its authors and contributors.

  • ASP will promote editorial autonomy.

  • ASP will protect the right of free speech.

  • ASP will cease publication of any content that is not in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Plagiarism or other unethical behavior will not be tolerated and any manuscripts that do not adhere to these standards will be rejected outright and/or removed from the publishing process.