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Articles published through IJOSTHE are permanent. We provide DOI for each published article, which is permanently available on our journal website. If an author wants to change or revise the article can send us the revised version of the document. All the previous versions as well as the current version will be available for its readers for reference. IJOSTHE also is a member of Crossref, which provides crossmark scheme. It’s is a multiple publisher initiative scheme, which has advanced a system to provide the current version of a research paper or an article. By adopting this advanced system, IJOSTHE promises its readers to provide the latest version of the research paper and apprise them of any changes made in the article. A reader can get the current status of an article and also can have additional information about the particular document by clicking on the Crossmark logo.
Article Retraction Policy
An article is usually retracted on the request of its author or by the publisher if it has some major issue or is not complying with the journal’s policy. An article can also be retracted on the basis of a few other factors:
- For its plagiarised material.
- Duplicate or overlapping publication.
- Fraudulent use of data
- For some serious errors or wrong research bases.
In the above circumstances, data, article or published research paper may be withdrawn or corrected version may be republished. An article cannot be retracted or withdrawn with an intent to publish it somewhere else.
Correction of Article
Human error is possible at any stage from making a research by author to peer-review to final publication stage. Those possible mistakes can be corrected and article may be republished with the latest changes made. Authors may send their corrected versions or editors may also make changes if any unavoidable error is found in the article. All these amended articles and old versions can be accessed through Crossmark of which we are active members.
IJOSTHE is strict on some issues when it comes to abide by journal’s ethics and rules and in some rare case published article may be removed from its database or archive if an article infringes the copyright or issue related to it. An article may also be removed if it has instigating material against any group, community, religion, gender or colour. An article can also be removed for its incomplete or inaccurate study which may pose for any serious health issue.
IJOSTHE has deep concerns over maintaining the integrity and entirety of the research work for entire educational fraternity very sincerely. The journal places great importance on the authority of research work after they have been published. IJOSTHE Editor in Chief has all the authority for deciding which research work shall be published. In making this decision, the Editor in Chief is guided by the policies of the IJOSTHE’s Editorial board and constrained by some legal requirements regarding copyright violation and plagiarism. Articles which have been published shall remain present, exact and unchanged as far as possible. However, due to unavoidable circumstances may happen where after the publication of research work requires retraction or even removal from a particular journal.
Above can only occur under these circumstances, such as Article Retraction. This is only used for “Article in Press” which represents the early versions of the articles. If any article at the stage of “Article in Press”, by any means, represents infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or similar incidences, the article may be withdrawn depending on the Editor’s discretion.
Article Replacement: Identification of false or inaccurate data that, if acted upon, would pose a serious health risk and any fraud associated with science should be treated with equal strictness. Maintain the integrity of the academic record Encouraging academic integrity Consider appointing a journal ethics panel to advice on specific cases and review journal policies periodically.
Ensuring the integrity of the academic record: Ensure that published research work is firmly archived. Have systems in place to give authors the opportunity to make original research articles freely available.
Allegation of Misconduct and Conflict of Interest Policy:
If there is any allegation of misconduct or conflict of interest regardless of its nature like relationship personal or professional, economical or non-economical among authors, reviewers, editors, journals and publishers:
- Concern or Issue can be raised or brought to the notice immediately in a written form to the publisher/editor at editor@IJOSTHE.com
- Concern or Issue will be taken seriously and required action will be taken against the complaint (if any).
- Our team of intellectuals will review the case and its detail. An unbiased decision or action will be taken based on the final report.
- Serious action will be taken like withdrawal or removal of the paper from publication (if published).
- Unless there is any issue of plagiarism, misconduct or conflict of interest, the published paper will not be removed.
- If you have any complaint or appeal to make about the journal, please address the mail to the editor and explain clearly the basis for an appeal. Submit an appeal letter to editor@IJOSTHE.com
Open Access Policy
In the digital and internet age, everybody looks for materials which are widely available without any restriction or charge. Open Access is a policy which provides the full rights to the users to access and use the research work free of cost. IJOSTHE follows the same policy and provides complete access to its published material. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Authors, researchers, or scholars are permitted to scroll through our published research work database and use them for scholarly purposes as a reference for their research purpose.
Peer Review Policy
The practise of peer review is to ensure that only a good research paper is published. All manuscripts are following the procedure outlined below:
IJOSTHE follows the policy of screening papers before sending them for full peer review. In the initial screening, the manuscript is reviewed for plagiarism, poor grammar, outside the aim and scope of the journal. If any paper fails to meet the general requirements, paper can get rejected. This screening process takes 5-7 working days and if these papers meet the minimum criteria, then they are passed on to at least two experts for further quality review.
It is a process by which experts evaluate scholarly works and analyze the content. Its objective is to ensure and maintain high-quality standards of our publishing house.
The Peer Review Policy works as another checkpoint to make sure that only good and original quality work is published. All submitted manuscripts are read by our Editorial Staff who are experienced in their fields. We select only those research papers that meet our standards are sent for peer review and finally for publication.
Peer reviewers are ideally experts in their fields. Journals usually build a pool of peer reviewers that have a good track record of producing high-quality reviews. When a Manuscript is submitted to IJOSTHE, a double-blind peer review process is followed to accomplish the basic requirements determined by our protocol.
IJOSTHE follows the double-blind review process. In this process, the author and the reviewer are anonymous to each other. The peer review process helps the publishing organization to select worthy research work for publication. These papers are accepted with improvements/modifications. In the peer review process, the decision to publish a manuscript is the prerogative of a journal editor or the journal’s editorial board.
In the broad spectrum, at first read-through reviewers will be assessing your argument construction, the clarity of the language, and content. They question themselves for the following:
- What is the main question addressed by the research? Is it relevant and interesting?
- How original is the topic? What does it add to the subject area compared with other published material?
- Is the paper well written? Is the text clear and easy to read?
- Are the conclusions consistent with the evidence and arguments presented? Do they address the main question posed?
- If the author is disagreeing significantly with the current academic consensus, do they have a substantial case? If not, what would be required to make their case credible?
- If the paper includes tables or figures, what do they add to the paper? Do they aid understanding or are they superfluous?
- Is the argument well constructed and clear? Are there any factual errors or invalid arguments?
They may also consider the following:
- Does the title properly reflect the subject of the paper?
- Does the abstract provide an accessible summary of the paper?
- Do the keywords accurately reflect the content?
- Does the paper follow a clear and organized structure?
- Is the paper an appropriate length?
- Are the key messages short, accurate, and clear?
Upon closer readings, the reviewer will be looking for major issues:
- Are there any major flaws?
- If the experimental design features prominently in the paper, is the methodology sound?
- Is the research replicable, reproducible, and robust? Does it follow best practices and meet ethical standards?
- Has similar work already been published without the authors acknowledging this?
- Are there published studies that show similar or dissimilar trends that should be discussed?
- Are the authors presenting findings that challenge current thinking? Is the evidence they present strong enough to prove their case? Have they cited all the relevant work that would contradict their thinking and addressed it appropriately?
- Are there any major presentational problems? Are figures & tables, language and manuscript structure all clear enough to accurately assess the work?
- Are there any ethical issues?
The reviewer will also note minor issues that need to be corrected:
- Are the correct references cited? Are citations excessive, limited, or biased?
- Are there any factual, numerical, or unit errors? If so, what are they?
- Are all tables and figures appropriate, sufficient, and correctly labeled?
Possible outcomes of peer review
The journal’s editor or editorial board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and uses this information to arrive at a decision. In addition to the comments received from the review, editors also base their decisions on:
- The journal’s aims and audience.
- The state of knowledge in the field.
- The level of competition for acceptance and page space within the journal.