Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Masculinities: A Journal of Culture and Society (MJ) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international academic journal. MJ is committed to the highest standards of publication ethics. We recognize that the publication process is compound, and it includes different parties – the editors, the reviewers, and the authors. So, we rigorously believe in the necessity of a shared understanding and acceptance of publication ethics and malpractice. Standards of expected ethical behavior should be agreed upon by all parties involved in the publication process. Otherwise stated, we follow a double-blind review process for the potential manuscripts. Key points of our publication ethics and malpractice statement are included below.

Responsibilities of Editors

Publication Decisions – The journal editors are responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The decision will be based on the academic standards, the paper's originality and clarity, the study's validity, publication ethics, the journal's scope and aims, and the writing and citation rules. The editors may confer with the journal's editorial board in making this decision. Only submissions complying with these criteria are directed to reviewers. The authors are informed of the reviewers' decisions as soon as the reviewer reports have been received. The standard review process starts with but is not limited to two reviewers. Articles that receive acceptance from (at least) two reviewers are published with the editorial board's final approval. If one of the reviewers rejects the article while the other accepts, it is sent to a third reviewer. In all cases, the editors make the final decision about the publication of manuscripts.

Confidentiality – Information regarding submitted manuscripts is kept confidential. Neither editors nor editorial board will disclose any information to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Fair Play and Editorial Independence – The editors evaluate submitted manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the authors' race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy, or institutional affiliation. Policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself cannot determine decisions to edit and publish.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest – The editors and the editorial board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their research purposes without the authors' explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained through reviewing process will be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering 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. They will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript instead.

Responsibilities of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions – The peer-review process is an essential step in the publishing process in helping the editors and editorial board make decisions. The reviewers also serve the authors in improving their manuscript.

Promptness – A selected reviewer may feel unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or may not provide an assessment promptly as defined by the editor. In such circumstances, the reviewer should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review.

Confidentiality – Manuscript received for review is a confidential document, so it must not be disclosed to or discussed with others without the editors' approval (who would only do so under exceptional and specific circumstances). This also applies to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Objectivity – Personal criticism of the authors is not appropriate. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and reviewers should express their comments clearly with supporting arguments and/or data.

Acknowledgment of Sources – Reviewers should identify relevant published work that the authors have not cited. Suppose any statement that is an observation, derivation, or argument in the manuscript has been reported in previous publications. In that case, they should be accompanied by the respective source(s). Reviewers should also call to the editors' attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest – Reviewers must not use unpublished information disclosed in a manuscript for their research purposes without the authors' explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not be used for reviewers' personal advantages. Any selected reviewer who has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscript should immediately notify the editors to declare their conflicts of interest and decline the invitation to review.

Responsibilities of Authors

Reporting Standards – Authors of original research reports should present an honest account of the work performed and discuss its significance in the field of participatory educational research. The manuscript should follow the submission guidelines of the journal. Underlying data and the way of interpreting these should be represented accurately. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention – Authors may be asked to provide their study's raw data together with the manuscript for editorial review. They should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality and Acknowledgment of Sources – The authors should ensure that they have submitted entirely original works. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, they should ensure that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. There are many forms of plagiarism, and none is acceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources – Authors should ensure that they have adequately acknowledged others' work and cite publications influential in determining the nature of the reported work. As in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, information obtained privately must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source.  Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the author's explicit written permission of the work involved in these services.

Multiple, Duplicate, Redundant, or Concurrent Submissions/Publications – In general, manuscripts describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. So, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. The publication of some articles (such as translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are met. The authors and the journals' editors must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Authorship of the Paper – Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the study's conception, design, implementation, or interpretation. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest – Authors should disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript at the earliest stage possible. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include financial ones. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed.

Errors in Published Works – When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal's editors and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. Suppose the editors learn from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy. In that case, the authors must promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the paper's correctness.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects – If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. Human subjects' privacy rights must always be observed, and the author should avoid the practices that harm the environment.

About the Plagiarism

Masculinities: A Journal of Culture and Society is strictly against any act of copying or plagiarism. All submissions go through a Turnitin check, and they are subject to further plagiarism control. Suppose the Turnitin check result shows 20% or more similarity; except for direct quotations, the editors may reject the submission. If the result is over 10% similarity, the submission is returned to the author for revision.

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