IFOTS - Publication Ethics
International Forum of Teaching and Studies (IFOTS) establishes the guideline of ethical code for its publication. The guidelines apply to all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.
The chief editor and the editor of the IFOTS is Responsible for evaluating manuscripts and make publication decision on the basis of their academic merit on the recommendation of the journal's reviewers. The evaluation will be based solely on the intellectual content of submissions and with a total disregard to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin and political philosophy of the authors.? The chief editor and editor will strive to continuously improve the quality of publication to meet academic needs of the readers and authors. The editors will also maintain the integrity of academic development and will take required measures to respond to any complaints that maybe presented regarding the publication.
The chief editor/editor, reviewers and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript cannot be used in a chief editor/editor's own research without the written consent of the author.
Authors should only submit their original works for publication. Authors need to certify that the manuscript has not previously been published. Manuscripts published in conference proceedings may be considered for publication. Authors should be sure to appropriately acknowledge the work and/or words of others if being referenced in the manuscript. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections pointed out by editors. All the authors listed as author in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. Authors are responsible for the authenticity of research data, for avoidance of conflict of interest, and for reporting to the editor any errors that they may discover in the published paper.
Reviewers should treat any manuscripts received for review as confidential documents. ?Reviewers should also review that submissions are formatted accurately according to the APA style required for the journals, ?and that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Reviewers should conduct an objective review and provide feedback with supporting arguments that can help authors improve the quality of their papers. Prior to taking an assignment, or as early in the process as possible, reviewers should let the editors know if they cannot review the article and cannot meet the time requirements to complete the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.