Ethics Statement

This is statement of ethics for Journal of Media and Information Warfare (JMIW) which is published by UiTM Press. This statement was adapted from the Principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and covers the code of ethics for Editor-in-Chief, reviewers, authors and the publisher.
Duties of Editor-in-Chief:
  • evaluates submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of academic merit and its relevance to the journal's scope regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation
  • has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content
  • will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, editorial board members and the publisher
  • will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research purposes without the authors' explicit written consent
  • recuses him/herself from considering manuscripts in which they have conficts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead he/she should ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript
  • ensures that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo peer-review by at least two (2) reviewers who are expert in the field
  • is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published, based on the validation of the work, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers' comments and such legal requirements as copyright infringement and plagiarism
  • takes responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper
Duties of Reviewers:
  • assist editors in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts
  • conduct reviews objectively by providing clear arguments as to help authors improve their manuscript
  • should not criticise the authors due to personal reasons
  • identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors
  • notify the Editor-in-Chief of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge
  • notify the Editor-in-Chief immediately to declare their conficts of interest and decline to review so that the alternative reviewers can be contacted
  • should keep information from peer-review confidential and not use it for personal advantage
Duties of Authors:
  • should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work
  • ensure accessibility of raw data (if required) to other competent professionals for at least 10 years after publication, provided that the confidentiality of the participants is protected
  • ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited
  • should not publish the same research in more than ONE (1) journal or primary publication
  • meet authorship criteria to be listed as authors in the manuscript as they must be able to take public responsibility for the content: (i) made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; (ii) drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication
  • ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list
  • verify that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication
  • disclose any conficts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript
  • ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work
  • ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws ad institutional guideline and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them, if the work involves the use of animal or human participants
  • include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants
  • are obliged to participate in the peer-review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to the editor's request for raw data, clarifications and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions
  • respond to the reviewers' comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given
  • notify promptly the journal's editor or publisher if they discover errors or inaccuracies in their own published work
Duties of the Publisher:
  • takes the reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such miscondcut to take place
  • is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research
  • ensures accessiblity by partnering with organisations and maintaining our own digital archive

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