Publication Ethics & Publishing Malpractice Statement
Previous publication in a peer reviewed journal is an essential parameter for consideration at Geography and You.
All involved parties, including the author, the journal editor and the peer reviewers need to agree upon and adhere to standards of expected ethical behaviour.
Our ethics statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The decisions regarding acceptance and subsequent publication of the articles submitted to the journal rest with the editor.
The editor is the publisher of the journal and the journal follows the best ethical practices.
Objectivity and fairness in evaluation
The editor evaluates manuscripts solely on the basis of their intellectual content and strength. Race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors have no bearing on any decisions regarding publication.
Any information about a submitted manuscript to any party/ies other than the corresponding author, reviewers and other members of the expert panel is never disclosed by the editor or the journal staff.
Any material in a submitted manuscript that is previously unpublished is not used in the editor’s own research without express permission of the author.
Duties of reviewers
Contribution to editorial process
Peer reviewers assist the editor in making decisions pertaining to publication. Through communication with the author, they may also help the authors in improving their paper.
Any manuscripts received for consideration are treated as protected and confidential documents. Information contained therein is not shown to or discussed with any parties without the consent of the author.
Standards of objectivity
The peer review process does not involve in any personal criticism of the author. Any views or objections regarding the paper are raised clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgment of sources
The editorial team and reviewers identify previously published and relevant work that has not been cited by the authors. Where arguments and/or statements are accompanied or supported by previously published or reported observations, data or derivations, a relevant citation is provided. The peer reviewers also bring to the editor’s notice any similarities between the manuscript submitted and any already published paper. Validated and detailed referencing is provided at the end of each published paper.
Duties of authors
The following parameters are expected from the authors:
Any data used in a paper should be represented accurately. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Misrepresentation of data, fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements are considered unethical and unacceptable behaviour.
Originality and plagiarism
Authors need to ensure that manuscripts submitted by them are original. Where the work or words of other authors has been used, attribution must be provided in order to avoid any plagiarism.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
Where a manuscript essentially describing the same research has been sent to multiple journals, the author needs to inform the editor about the same. If a manuscript sent elsewhere for consideration has been accepted for publication, the editors need to be notified of the same.
Acknowledgment of sources
Authors need to acknowledge work done by others in their manuscripts. Citation of publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the research is essential.
Fundamental errors in published works
When the authors discover an inaccuracy or error in their published work, they need to provide the relevant and correct information and cooperate with the editor for updating the paper with the same.