Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

  1. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement for Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies

    The Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and preventing any form of malpractice. Authors, reviewers, editors, and the journal itself are expected to adhere to the following ethical guidelines:

    Authorship and Originality

    • All authors must have made significant contributions to the research and manuscript.
    • Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. Authors should ensure that their work is original and properly cited.
    • Authors should not submit the same manuscript to multiple journals simultaneously.

    Peer Review Process

    • The peer review process is crucial in ensuring the quality and integrity of published research.
    • Reviewers should provide objective, constructive feedback without any bias or conflict of interest.
    • Editors are responsible for selecting competent reviewers and making fair decisions based on their recommendations.

    Conflicts of Interest

    • Authors, reviewers, and editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence their objectivity.
    • Conflicts of interest may include financial relationships, personal connections, or academic competition.

    Data Integrity

    • Authors should provide accurate data and ensure that their research methods are clearly described.
    • Fabrication or manipulation of data is considered a serious ethical violation.

    Publication Decisions

    • Editors are responsible for making publication decisions based on the manuscript’s quality, significance, and relevance to the journal’s scope.
    • Decisions should be free from any form of discrimination or bias.

    Corrections and Retractions

    • If errors are identified in published work, authors should promptly notify the editor to issue corrections or retractions as necessary.
    • Retractions may be issued in cases of serious ethical violations or inaccuracies that affect the validity of the research.

    Compliance with Ethical Standards

    • Authors should comply with all relevant ethical standards in their research involving human subjects, animals, or sensitive data.
    • Proper consent and approval should be obtained where necessary.

    Reporting Misconduct

    • Any suspected misconduct or unethical behavior should be reported to the editor for investigation.
    • The journal will take appropriate action if misconduct is confirmed.

    By adhering to these ethical guidelines, the Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies aims to maintain integrity, transparency, and trust in scholarly publishing.