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Ethics & Statement

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Development and Society (D&S) is committed to fair and professional dealing in all aspects of our publishing operations. Our role is to publish original work of value to the intellectual community in the best possible form and to the highest possible standards. We expect similar standards from our reviewers and authors. Honesty, originality and fair dealing on the part of authors, and fairness, objectivity and confidentiality on the part of editors and reviewers are among the critical values that enable us to achieve our aim.
We follow standards and conventions developed in “Responsible research publication: international standards for editors” and “Responsible research publication: international standards for authors,” from Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2012).
  • should take responsibility and authority to accept/reject an article;
  • should make fair and unbiased decisions independent of any interest with respect to the article, only accepting a paper when reasonably certain;
  • should make it clear to peer reviewers and authors what is expected of them;
  • should ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process, preserving anonymity of reviewers; and
  • should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.
  • should submit papers only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that complies with code of research ethics in social sciences;
  • should present their results honestly and without fabrication;
  • should endeavor to describe their methods unambiguously and present a full list of references cited in the paper;
  • should adhere to publication requirements that a submitted paper is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere;
  • should all have significantly contributed to the research;
  • should provide retractions or corrections of mistakes; and
  • should to participate in peer review process.
  • should make fair and unbiased judgements;
  • should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders;
  • should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited; and
  • should treat reviewed articles confidentially.