Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The International Water and Irrigation Journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct in all aspects of the publication process. We expect our authors, reviewers, and editors to adhere to the following ethical guidelines to ensure the integrity and credibility of our journal.
1. Authorship and Originality:
- Authors must ensure that their submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere.
- All individuals who have made significant contributions to the research must be listed as authors.
- Any use of others' work or ideas must be properly attributed, and plagiarism in any form is unacceptable.
2. Peer Review Process:
- The peer-review process is essential to maintaining the quality and integrity of published articles.
- Reviewers must provide unbiased, constructive feedback and disclose any conflicts of interest that may compromise their impartiality.
- Editors ensure fair and transparent review processes and make decisions based on the merit of the work.
3. Data and Results Accuracy:
- Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the data presented in their manuscripts.
- Falsification, fabrication, or manipulation of data is considered a serious ethical violation.
4. Multiple Submissions:
- Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously.
- Submitting redundant manuscripts may result in immediate rejection.
5. Acknowledgment of Sources:
- Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given.
- Authors should cite relevant publications and provide proper attribution for ideas and data used in their work.
6. Conflicts of Interest:
- Authors, reviewers, and editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence their objectivity.
- Editors make decisions based on the merit of the work and without any personal or financial interests.
7. Corrections and Retractions:
- Authors are obliged to promptly report errors or inaccuracies found in their published work and cooperate with editors to correct or retract the article if necessary.
- Editors may also issue corrections or retractions if ethical concerns arise post-publication.
8. Editorial Independence:
- The editorial team maintains independence in decision-making processes, free from any undue influence from sponsors, stakeholders, or external entities.
9. Open Access and Licensing:
- The International Water and Irrigation Journal is committed to open access to promote the global dissemination of knowledge.
- Authors retain copyright, and published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
10. Complaints and Appeals:
- The journal has established procedures for handling complaints and appeals regarding ethical issues.
- Authors, reviewers with concerns can contact us.
11. Reviewer Recognition:
- The contributions of reviewers are acknowledged, and their efforts play a crucial role in maintaining the quality of published articles.