Publishing Ethics Statement

The Journal’s Editorial Board is fully committed to ethical publication practice. The Journal supports and endorses the Committee Of Publication Ethics guidelines on ethical publishing.

Originality and Copyright
As referenced above the Journal publishes content under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) License. This permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. IJHRDPP&R requires that all authors sign a Journal Article Record form in accordance with the Creative Commons Licence (CC-BY-NC). If elements of a contribution have been previously published in another publication, the author is required to acknowledge the earlier work and indicate how the subsequent work differs and builds upon the research and conclusions contained in the previous work.

Plagiarism is considered bad practice and unethical. This could include:
– verbatim copying of more than 10 per cent (or a significant passage or section of text) of another person’s work without acknowledgement, references or the use of quotation marks.
– improper paraphrasing of another person’s work is where more than one sentence within a paragraph or section of text has been changed or sentences have been rearranged without appropriate attribution. Significant improper paraphrasing (more than 10 per cent of a work) without appropriate attribution is treated as seriously as verbatim copying.
– re-use of elements of another person’s work, for example a figure, table or paragraph without acknowledgement, references or the use of quotation marks. It is incumbent on the author to obtain the necessary permission to reuse elements of another person’s work from the copyright holder
Exceptions may be made where an original piece of work received limited or very different circulation. The original work must be fully and correctly attributed and permission from the appropriate copyright holder obtained.

Coercive Citation
During the peer review process, authors be may directed by reviewers to papers which further develop and improve the author’s ideas. However, the Journal will not practice ‘coercive citation’ (i.e. where a reference is included as a condition of acceptance).

The Journal regards inaccurate, unsubstantiated or emotive statements which are made about organizations or people in a submitted paper as bad practice and unethical. The Journal reserves the right to request changes to the text from the author or to reject the paper prior to publication. The Journal recommends all authors of case studies to inform the subject (person or organization) and to seek permission. If the Journal considers that the study could be potentially libellous, we will require written proof of consent before placing the paper into the production process.

Fabricated data
Fabricated data is bad practice and unethical. Should the Journal discover or suspect fabricated data in any submission it will require resolution of the issue before proceeding with publication. (See also Disputes / Grievance Procedures).

Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest may not invalidate a manuscript or a decision, but it should be declared so that suitable action can be taken. Authors are required to declare any conflict of interest when they submit their manuscript. This allows the Editors and reviewers to make an informed judgement of the work. The conflict should also be published with the article so that readers can also make informed judgements of the reporting.
Reviewers are required to declare a conflict of interest when they are asked to review an article – the Editor can then judge whether they are suitable to review the article or not.

Dispute and Grievances
The following Grievance Procedure outlines the process for addressing grievances by authors whose articles or other submissions are rejected for publication.
– The grievance must be submitted in writing to the Editor in Chief of the journal within fourteen days following a submission being rejected for publication.
– The grievance will be acknowledged with 10 days of receipt and aimed to be resolved within 30 days.
– The grievance will be considered by the Editor-in-Chief and two members of the Editorial Board and a consensus decision reached.
– The decision will be in writing and will be final.