Plagiarism is a non-scientific, dishonest, and unwanted act for the Journal of Desert Management. According to Wikipedia definition, plagiarism is illustration of another author's language, views, concepts, and terms as his or her original work.
In order to publish the results of original research and correct scientific information in the Desert Management Journal, the following points as ethical principles of the editorial boards, referees, and authors (mainly based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines) should be considered entirely:
a) Ethical principles of the editorial board/ editor-in-chief
- Journal editorial board members must maintain the scope and purpose of the review in the initial treatment articles by referees;
- The journal's editorial should reflect innovation and high manuscript quality;
- The editor-in-chief must assign some referees after confirmation of the initial format and structure of the manuscript and put the article under review;
- Articles should be reviewed, judged and determined by the editorial board as soon as possible;
- The selection of referees with the concurrence of the editor-in-chief and the specialist editorial board members should be done;
- The received article should be refereed on the subject of the article with the aid of the country's expert referees;
- The information of the received articles and their authors should be considered private;
- After accepting the article, it is not possible to change the authors' names, affiliations, and order announced by the responsible author;
- The final acceptance of the article and its publication after the end of the referee process will be based on the date of final acceptance;
- The editorial board is allowed to accept, reject, publish or edit articles;
- At any stage, the editorial board committee is authorized to withdraw the article from the review process:
- that has issues with the letter of commitment or its signature;
- that has been sent to another publication;
- some sections or paragraphs from the published article, are mentioned precisely.
- b)Ethical principles of referees
- Refuse to review the manuscript if they do not feel able to do so fairly or if they participated in any of the work;
- Respond in a timely manner, particularly if they are unable to complete the review without intentional delay;
- It is prohibited to share information from a manuscript with any person outside this process;
- Advise the Journal without delay and try to find advice if they find out either a conflicting interest that wasn’t evident when they agreed to the review or everything which may stop them providing a fair review;
- Reviewers are responsible for providing feedback to help authors improve their manuscript;
- Reviewers are expected to provide accurate criticism and evidence with appropriate references to assist reviewers in their assessment and decision and to be fair to authors;
- c) Ethical principles of authors
- Upload the letter of commitment signed by all authors, along with the article, mentioning three points in this letter required:
- The submitted article has not been published in any way before. The publication of the article as an abstract in the conference is not included in this paragraph;
- All co-authors named are aware and agree to the submission of the final version of the article, and have also accepted the order of the names -given in the article;
- Until the decision is made on the article in the Journal of Desert Management, the authors will not send it to another publication.
- All co-authors appointed are accountable for drafting, writing and reviewing the article, or verifying and confirming the article before it is submitted;
- Authors should to announce the phone number for essential calls;
- Authors commit to respecting the authenticity and accuracy of the content of the article that is not provided for reference;
- The submission must be original and have been researched in the field. Some greenhouse and lab research that is original and conducted in the framework of the Journal of Desert Management may also be submitted;
- The use of new and scientifically relevant references for all content is necessary;
- Citing the reviewed and published Journal articles and scientific sources are allowed.One master thesis title only should be used as a reference in the article. Doctoral dissertation is an exception to this rule and can be cited in any number;
- The corresponding author must specify the order of the co-author’s names of the submitted article;
- All named co-authors are responsible for respecting the rights of universities, organizations, and so on in the submitted articles by acknowledging them in the relevant section;
- Authors are required to submit the revised article, and reviewers’ answers’ and submitted them at the specified time;
- All authors are expected to know and respect all ethical principles of publishing.
* Note: Journal of Desert Management is not member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) , but is committed to following its standards and guidelines.