Publication Ethics

The general principles outlined below constitute the Publication Ethics of the Journal of Asian Geography and are meant to delineate the most important responsibilities of the authors, the editor-in-chief, the editorial board, and the reviewers whose commitment to them shall expectedly contribute to elevated and enhanced scientific quality of the articles accepted for publication in this Journal.

  1. Submissions to the journal shall report original research findings never published in, or simultaneously submitted to (dual submission), other journals.
  2. The corresponding author shall bear the ultimate responsibility for the paper submitted. All the authors are entitled to the intellectual property rights of their submissions.
  3. The Journal of Asian Geography reserves its exclusive right of accepting or rejecting submitted manuscripts.
  4. The author(s) is/are requested by the Journal of Asian Geography to send written statements signed by the authors stating clearly their acceptance of the responsibility for the truthfulness and originality of the content in their paper and their knowledge of the submission made to the Journal.
  5. The authorship shall include the names of all persons or bodies with important contributions to the study reported in the manuscript.
  6. Individuals or institutions, other than the authors, who provided their (financial, technical, or otherwise) support to the study must be duly acknowledged.
  7. The authors are obliged to inform the editor-in-chief in writing of any deficiencies or errors they might detect in their paper prior to its publication. Such reports must be accompanied by a final corrected/revised version of the manuscript to the Journal of Asian Geography.
  8. Each manuscript shall be supplemented with adequate detail and provided with exhaustive references as might be necessary to verify the truthfulness and reliability of the research findings reported therein.
  9. The Journal of Asian Geography will not accept for review or publication manuscripts authored by persons with previous court verdicts of Publication Misconduct and/or Plagiarism. In case of occurrence of plagiarism or data fabrication disclosed or confirmed to the Journal of Asian Geography at any of the submission, review, revision, or publication stages, the case will be considered as an instance of Research and Publication Misconduct and the Journal of Asian Geography reserves the right to act according to law.
  10. The Journal of Asian Geography publishes applied research findings emerging from the studies conducted directly by the author(s) as well as review articles, compilation papers, analytical papers, and critiques in the field of land management. Manuscripts written succinctly in correct Persian are accepted for review.
  11. Manuscripts already submitted to the Journal of Asian Geography cannot be withdrawn unless by written request submitted by the corresponding author.
  12. Journal of Asian Geography is committed to respecting and observing the confidentiality of the content received while maintaining impartiality and avoiding any bias from the time a submission is received up to the last stage of its publication. The editor-in-chief and the editorial board are obliged to avoid disclosing the data and the content of manuscripts under review or evaluation. In other words, the ideas, content, and data disclosed through paper review and evaluation to the editor-in-chief, the editorial board, or reviewers are deemed as confidential and their exploitation toward personal interests by any of the above is strictly prohibited; any of the named persons in breach of this shall bear the responsibility for the misconduct.
  13. Acceptance or rejection of papers is the sole responsibility of the editor-in-chief with collaboration and advice by the editorial board based on reviewers’ comments and in accordance with pertinent regulations on copyright, plagiarism, and the like.
  14. Given the importance of the review process in publication, the reviewers are expected to play a fair role and remain impartial in reviewing manuscripts. Those reviewers who find themselves incapable of fair review (due to technical incompetence, conflict of interests with those of the authors, bias, and personal grudges) should announce their immediate withdrawal from the process to the editor-in-chief and return the manuscript to Journal of Asian Geography.
  15. Reviewers are obliged and bear the responsibility to report immediately to the editor-in-chief any similarities or overlapping data they might detect between the manuscript under review and any previous published work. They are also urged to notify the editor-in-chief of anything that might interfere with or hamper their sound judgment of the manuscript.
  16. Paper review is accomplished through a double-blind peer review process. In case a reviewer finds the authors even indirectly known to him, s/he is obliged to keep the confidentiality of the review process and shall not disclose anything about the review process to the authors.
  17.  Reviewers, the editor-in-chief, and the editorial board are not entitled to the use or exploitation of unpublished research data, arguments, or any content included in the manuscripts submitted to Journal of Asian Geography unless they receive the corresponding author’s written consent or through proper reference to such material and author(s).
  18. The editor-in-chief or the technical editors bear the great responsibility of ensuring fair judgment by qualified reviewers and of assuring quality standards (originality, concepts and applications, pertinence to the field of expertise, …) in the review process.
  19. The Editor-in-chief should abstain from submitting manuscripts to reviewers who are known for bias or prejudgment toward the author(s).
  20. In case manuscripts authored by the editor-in-chief or members on the editorial board are submitted to Journal of Asian Geography for publication, such authors are not permitted to play any role in the evaluation and review process of the manuscript. Such authors are neither allowed to exercise their powers in reacting to reviews or critiques written on such published papers.
  21. No paper may be submitted to Journal of Asian Geography in clear pursuit of commercial or economic interests.
  22. Journal of Asian Geography always remains open to, and welcomes, views, comments, and criticisms by its readership.