Ethics for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors
The Scientific Journal of Educational Innovations is committed to upholding the principles of professional ethics. Although the journal is not a member of the International Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), it has used their guidance to establish its ethical standards and is committed to adhering to the following rules.
The Journal of Educational Innovation is responsible for complying with the Research Ethics Charter of the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology publications. In this regard, the following ethical standards are required for journal editors (including editors and reviewers) as well as original authors and contributors:
- The journal welcomes submissions of authoritative research papers that contain new scientific findings and discourages the publication of articles based solely on compilation or translation.
- Submitted articles must not have been previously published in other national or international journals. Once accepted, the article is reserved for publication and the author is not permitted to publish it in other journals.
- The journal reserves the right to accept, reject, modify, or edit submitted articles.
- Only articles that have not been previously published in national or international journals will be considered for publication.
- Publication of a submission does not imply collaboration with the author(s) and the journal bears no responsibility in this regard.
For Editors and Reviewers
In line with COPE’s recommendations, any editorial decision that provides a final outcome for an article, such as acceptance or rejection, must involve direct input from an editor if it is made using AI. The decision cannot be made solely by an AI tool.
The journal will take steps to ensure transparency in its publishing processes and workflows, clearly indicating where AI decisions are involved. Any AI-powered automation must be explicitly presented to all relevant participants in the peer review process, including authors, reviewers, and editors, with a clear explanation of how the algorithm arrived at its result or conclusion.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT or Large Language Models in research publications is expanding rapidly. COPE joins organisations, such as WAME and the JAMA Network among others, to state that AI tools cannot be listed as an author of a paper.
Under open access license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited properly.
Publisher Business Model
Article Processing Charges (APC)
All articles published in the Educational Innovation are immediately open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Licensees may copy, distribute, display and make derivative works only if they cite the original published article.
Ethics for the Editor
- The Editor values the intellectual independence of authors.
- The Editor evaluates all submitted articles impartially, based on their merit, without regard to the race, religion, nationality, gender, status, or organizational affiliation of the author(s).
- The Editor ensures that all submitted articles are reviewed within a reasonable timeframe.
- The final decision to accept or reject an article is based on the opinions of the reviewers and the editorial staff.
- An article may be rejected without undergoing the review process if it is found to contain plagiarism, is outside the journal’s scope, or does not meet the minimum required standards during the initial review.
- The Editor reserves the right to reject articles that violate ethical principles.
- The Editor has full authority to appoint reviewers for each article and may consult members of the journal’s editorial staff or even the authors themselves.
- The Editor or internal editor (on their behalf) is responsible for obtaining copyright forms, verifying the originality of the article, identifying potential conflicts of interest, and ensuring that the author(s) do not submit the article to other journals in any format. The responsible author must also confirm that their work is free from plagiarism.
- If an article submitted for publication is written by the Editor, it will be reviewed by another member of the journal’s editorial staff to avoid any conflict of interest.
- The Editor welcomes reports of potential errors in published articles and will promptly inform readers if any errors are confirmed.
Ethics for reviewers
- Since the review process is a crucial step in accepting an article, reviewers who feel that an article is outside their area of expertise should promptly return it to the editor.
- Reviewers must respect the intellectual independence of authors and evaluate the quality of the article impartially.
- Reviewers must treat the article under review as a confidential document and must not share or discuss it with others unless they wish to seek their input during the review process.
- Reviewers must provide clear explanations for their comments and recommendations.
- Reviewers should consider any failure by the authors to cite similar work.
- Reviewers must inform the editor of any delays and provide a timeframe for completing their review.
- Reviewers are not permitted to use information, arguments, or unpublished comments from articles submitted to this journal without the permission of the author(s).
Ethics for Authors
Authors must read the author’s guide and submit their article in accordance with the stated terms and conditions.
The most fundamental ethical responsibility of an author is to provide a complete and accurate report of their research, without any form of plagiarism, including verbatim or near-verbatim copying, paraphrasing, or presenting the research results of others as their own.
Authors must provide the editorial board with all necessary evidence related to their submitted article and research, including data, documents, and images.
All sources used, both directly and indirectly, must be properly cited.
If an article has previously been rejected or withdrawn from publication (in this or other journals), the author must inform the editor of any potential reasons for rejection or withdrawal and any corrections made.
All listed authors and contributors must have made a significant scholarly contribution to the preparation of the article. The corresponding author is responsible for providing a copy of the manuscript to all co-authors and obtaining their consent to be listed as co-authors.
Authors are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest and identifying any sponsors of their research.
Upon submission of an article, all listed authors will be notified by email.
Inclusion as an author implies a significant role in the preparation of the manuscript. If an individual’s name is included as an author without their consent or involvement, they should immediately notify the editor by email.
All authors are responsible for the authenticity of their work.
In case of suspicion, the journal may review submitted articles for similarity before initiating the review process.
The following are examples of scientific theft:
- Submitting an article under a false name.
- Including the names of authors or researchers who did not contribute to the article.
- Copying or duplicating significant portions of another article without proper attribution (even if one of the authors of the new article is the same as the original).
- Presenting the research results of others as one’s own.
- Publishing the same article multiple times in different publications.
- Misrepresenting or distorting scientific findings.
- Using invalid data or manipulating research data.
How to deal with plagiarism
The journal’s officials take plagiarism seriously and will protect the reputation and hard work of other researchers. The journal has a zero-tolerance policy for scientific theft and will take the following legal actions:
- The article will be rejected and removed from the website if already published.
- An official letter will be sent to other universities and relevant national and international journals.
- A formal letter will be sent to the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC), universities, institutes, journals, and any other places where the authors have benefited from publishing the article.
The corresponding author must submit a letter to the journal along with the article (in the article submission section):
I, …, am the corresponding author of the article … By submitting it to the Journal of Educational Innovation, I accept its content and confirm that it has not been previously published and that I will not submit it to another publication. I also declare that the content of the article has been scientifically verified and that the number and name of the authors have been agreed upon and approved by all co-authors.
I will be liable for any consequences if any of these obligations are breached or violated.