Publication Ethics

The Social Science Review Archives (SSRA) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct in all aspects of our publication process. This policy outlines the responsibilities of authors, editors, reviewers, and the journal itself in ensuring the integrity and quality of published research.

Responsibilities of Authors:

  • Originality and Authorship: Authors must guarantee the originality of their work and properly cite all sources. Plagiarism in any form, including self-plagiarism, is strictly prohibited.
  • Data Integrity: Authors must adhere to the highest standards of research integrity, ensuring accurate and transparent reporting of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Fabrication, falsification, or selective reporting of data are unethical and will not be tolerated.
  • Authorship Attribution: All contributors who meet the authorship criteria should be listed as authors. Disagreements about authorship should be resolved before submission.
  • Conflict of Interest: Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, that could influence their research or reporting.
  • Copyright and Permissions: Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions for the use of any copyrighted material in their work.

Responsibilities of Editors:

  • Fair and Unbiased Review: Editors are responsible for selecting qualified reviewers and ensuring a fair and unbiased review process. Conflicts of interest must be identified and managed appropriately.
  • Confidentiality: Editors must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts and reviewer identities.
  • Editorial Decisions: Editors have the final say on publication decisions, based on the reviewers' recommendations and the journal's policies.
  • Retractions and Corrections: Editors must handle cases of plagiarism, data manipulation, or other ethical breaches promptly and decisively, including initiating retractions or publishing corrections when necessary.

Responsibilities of Reviewers:

  • Confidentiality: Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts and treat them with respect.
  • Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively and professionally, focusing on the scientific merit of the work without personal attacks or bias.
  • Expertise: Reviewers should only agree to review manuscripts within their area of expertise.
  • Timeliness: Reviews should be submitted promptly and within the agreed-upon timeframe.
  • Conflict of Interest: Reviewers must declare any potential conflicts of interest that could influence their review.

Responsibilities of the Journal:

  • Ethical Guidelines: The SSRA upholds the highest ethical standards in all aspects of its operations, including manuscript submission, peer review, editorial decision-making, and publication.
  • Transparency: The SSRA adheres to international standards of transparency, clearly outlining its policies and procedures to authors, reviewers, and readers.
  • Education and Development: The SSRA promotes awareness of ethical issues in research and publication through educational resources and workshops.