Open Access Policy
Researchers around the world are demanding unlimited access to research journals. In this regard, all articles in the Journal of Motaleate Shahri are published under the CC BY 4.0 license with Open Access. Under this license, Copyright for the articles are retained by the author(s), with publication rights granted to Motaleate Shahri and it permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Benefits of free access:
- Maximizing the impact of research;
- Increase indexing, retrieval power of articles;
- Eliminate the need for permission to cite content;
- All researchers can have free access to the content.
The Journal of Motaleate Shahri is fully committed to free access to content, and free access is available as soon as articles are published.
Ethical principles of publishing an article
The Motaleate Shahri Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement are based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). “This journal is following of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws”. Find out more about what to expect during peer review and read our guidance on publishing ethics. Also please note that, violators will be dealt with according to the guidelines for investigating research violations.
We expect all parties commit to these publication ethics. The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors are set out as below:
Make fair decisions about articles
Decisions about articles should be made regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, citizenship, or political philosophy.
The Editor-in-Chief, members of the Editorial Board and any Editorial Staff should not disclose any information about received articles to unrelated individuals.
The names, addresses, emails and other information of the Journal contacts, including readers, writers and editors on the Journal's website, are confidential, will be used exclusively for the purposes of this Journal and will not be available for any other purpose. The identities of the authors and reviewers will be preserved. The submitted article is visible only to the reviewers and the editorial board.
Respect for the interests of individuals
The possibility of using the results of other people's research should be done only by referring correctly and explicitly to the published article.
University of Kurdistan has the right to publish all published articles. However, under open access publications, all published article in this journal are available to the public on the journal's website free of charge.
Principal Ethical Codes for the Motaleate Shahri Editor
- The editor respects the intellectual independence of authors.
- The editor gives unbiased consideration to all manuscripts offered for publication, judging each on its merits without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).
- The editor will consider all manuscripts submitted for publication with all reasonable speed.
- The editor is the sole responsible person for acceptance or rejection of a manuscript based on gained advice from reviewers and consultant board members. However, manuscripts may be rejected without external review if considered by the editor to be inappropriate for the Motaleate Shahri journal. Such rejections may be based on the failure of the manuscript to fit the scope of the journal, to be of current interest, to provide adequate depth of content, or other reasons.
- The editor reserves the right to reject papers for which the ethical aspects are open to doubt.
- The editor is fully authorized in choosing manuscripts peer-reviewers. The editor may seek for advice for proper reviewers form the Motaleate Shahri consultant boards or even from the manuscript itself author(s).
- The editor or a journal delegate member in charge will seek copyright transfer, declarations of originality, conflicts of interest, and disclosing a signed statement indicating that the submitted manuscript is neither duplicate nor intended to be submitted in the future to any other journal in any format. The corresponding author commitment to the incidence of plagiarism will also be sought.
- Since direct consideration of the manuscript written by the editor would constitute a conflict of interest, in this case the decision will be delegated to some other qualified member of the Motaleate Shahri Consultant Board.
- Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in the editor’s own research except with the consent of the author.
- The editor welcomes reports of possible errors appeared in the Motaleate Shahri. The report of the confirmed errors will be delivered to the journal audiences as soon.
Principal Ethical Codes for Motaleate Shahri Reviewers of Manuscripts
- Since the reviewing of manuscripts is an essential step in the publication process, a chosen reviewer who feels inadequately qualified to judge the research reported in a manuscript should return it promptly to the editor.
- While a reviewer should respect the intellectual independence of the author(s), he/she should evaluate objectively the quality of the manuscript.
- A peer-reviewer should be sensitive to the appearance of a conflict of interest when the manuscript under review is closely related to the reviewer’s work in progress or published. If in doubt, the reviewer should return the manuscript promptly without review, advising the editor of the conflict of interest or bias.
- A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. It should neither be shown to nor discussed with others except for while he/she seeks specific advice.
- Reviewers should explain and support their judgments adequately. Unsupported assertions by reviewers (or by authors in rebuttal) are of little value and should be avoided.
- A reviewer should be alert to failure of authors to cite relevant other works.
- While a delay in reviewing process seems inevitable, the reviewer might notify the editor of probable delays and propose a revised review date.
- Reviewers are not allowed to disclose unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations contained in a manuscript under consideration, except with the consent of the author.
- Reviewers should notify editors of concerns with respect to manuscripts that report research that can be reasonably expected to be directly misapplied by others.
Principal Ethical Codes for the Motaleate Shahri Authors
- An author’s central ethical obligation is to present an accurate and complete account of the research performed, absolutely avoiding plagiarism in any way including verbatim or near-verbatim copying, or very close paraphrasing of text or results from another’s work, etc...
- When requested, the authors should make every reasonable effort to provide the journal with the manuscript data such as completed data sheets, other additional related figures or diagrams, designed or used tool (if available) and samples or used materials.
- All explicitly or implicitly used materials during the report of a research must be properly cited by the author(s). The corresponding author is in charge with the accuracy of citations and any incidence of plagiarism.
- Any potential of hazards inherent in the procedures or materials used in an investigation should be clearly identified in the submitted manuscript. Besides, authors should inform the editor for the possibility of misuse or abuse of the reported results or adopted procedures in any forms.
- Authors are advised to avoid fragmentation of research reports (and submitting related parts to several journals).
- The editor should be made aware of the submitted manuscript history of rejection or withdrawn from publication (in Motaleate Shahri or other journals) and the reason of rejection or withdrawn or the possible modification.
- The co-authors of a paper should be all those persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work reported. Other contributions should be indicated in “Acknowledgments” section. Deceased persons who meet the criterion for inclusion as co-authors should be so included. No fictitious name should be listed as an author or co-author. The corresponding author is responsible of sending each living co-author a draft copy of the submitted manuscript to the Motaleate Shahri and have obtaining the co-author’s assent to co-authorship of it.
- The corresponding author is responsible for reporting conflicts of interest and sources of funding of the research.
- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
- Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
All articles in the Journal of Motaleate Shahri are published under the CC BY 4.0 license with Open Access. Under this license, Copyright for the articles are retained by the author(s), with publication rights granted to Motaleate Shahri and it permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
By signing this commitment form, the author(s) will have the following rights:
- Copy rights with the exception of publication right;
- Reusing all or part of the article in their scientific and professional activities;
- Republish the article for the personal use of the author(s) or the institution of the place of employment, provided that (a) the main source of publication is mentioned and (b) the published copy is provided free of charge to interested parties, scientific societies, libraries, universities and scientific institutions.
It is necessary to register the copyright form along with other necessary files when registering the article in the publication system.