In dealing with cases in research and publication, DIRASAT is using guidelines issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (Commission of Publication Ethics / COPE). DIRASAT requires that all articles involving human subjects to respect the principles of research ethics as stated in the Declaration of Helsinki. DIRASAT adapts COPE to meet the ethical standards both for publishers, editors, authors, and reviewers. In order to uphold these ethical standards, the publisher does not have the right to interfere with the integrity of the contents and the only support to publish in a timely manner.
Here are the ethical standards for editors, authors, and reviewers.
- The editor is responsible for every article published in DIRASAT
- The editor helps authors to follow the standard guidelines
- The editor can communicate with other editors or reviewers in making a final decision.
- The editor assesses the manuscript publication objectively, regardless of racial background, religion, gender, seniority, ethnicity, political beliefs, institutional affiliation or nationality authors. The editor must relinquish his duties if there is a potential conflict of interest.
- The editor must ensure that the documents sent to the reviewers do not contain information on the author and vice versa.
- The editor's decision must be notified to the author along with the reviewers' comments except that which contain offensive or libelous statements.
- The editor should respect the request of the author that the order is not subject to review by any other person for any reason.
- The editor and all staff must ensure the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.
- If there is a suspicion of error or dispute in writing, the editor shall solve it by using the COPE as a guide.
- Reviewers should comment on the possibility of errors in ethical research and publications.
- Reviewers should do the job on time and notify the Editor if they can not finish the job.
- Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript.
- Reviewers should not be receiving and reviewing the manuscript if there is a potential conflict of interest between them and the authors.
- The author ensures that the material to be published have not been published and sent to another place simultaneously
- Authors must ensure the authenticity of their research and they have cited the others opinion correctly in accordance with the reference format.
- The author is not involved in plagiarism.
- 'Salami' publication is prohibited in DIRASAT Journal
- Authors must follow the criteria described in the guideline writing to the author of DIRASAT Journal.
- Authors must submit the data and details to the editor, if suspected falsification or fabrication of data.
- The authors should explain everything that can give rise to a conflict of interest such as employment, research costs, consulting fees, and intellectual property on guidelines for DIRASAT contributors.