Publication Ethics Statement
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to BAU Journal - Journal of Legal Studies - مجلة الدراسات القانونية, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at BAU Journal - Journal of Legal Studies - مجلة الدراسات القانونية. If you have concerns about the submission terms for BAU Journal - Journal of Legal Studies - مجلة الدراسات القانونية, please contact the editors.
Publication Ethics Policy:
BAU Journal - Journal of Legal Studies (LS), follows clear ethical standards for publication to ensure high quality of scientific work and to enhance public trust in their findings. Thus, LS journal applies this policy to all its owned journals in adherence to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined in the COPE Core Practices. This policy should be read with our guidelines for authors and reviewers.
1.1. Authorship: Published work must be attributed to one or more authors who are complied with authorship standards.
1.2. Authorship Problems: To handle authorship problems; editors refer to COPE “how to spot authorship problems”
1.3. Fund and Support: Authors are requested to disclose any received fund or support from individual or organization in the “Acknowledgment” section.
To ensure robust, objective, confidential, transparent and free of conflicts of interest peer-review process, LS adopts the international policies of peer-review process (i.e. single-blind or double-blind, reviewers selection, conflict of interest, response time).
2.1. Reviewers Selection: Authors can provide the list of the potential reviewers in their cover letter and the uploading system. LS journal has the right to adopt the same list of provided reviewers or switch to another.
2.2. Peer-review Conflict of Interest: Any conflict of interest should be reported directly to the editors as soon as receiving the invitation to review manuscripts.
2.3. Confidentiality during Manuscript Handling: To ensure utmost confidentiality; LS’s editors don’t share Manuscripts with any third party except the peer reviewers.
2.4. Manuscript Handling Time: Strict rules are adopted by LS’s editors to ensure timely process and update authors of any possible delays.
Research integrity is at the top of LS’s priorities; so they make every effort to identify, detect and prevent any breach of the ethical code.
3.1. Misconduct: LS’s editors make every effort to identify, detect and prevent any practices of data fabrication, authorship abuse, falsification, image manipulation, unethical research, plagiarism, biased reporting, duplicate publication, and undeclared conflicts of interest.
3.2. Fabrication, Falsification and Image Manipulation: LS journal makes every effort to identify, detect and prevent data fabrication, falsification and image manipulation by implementing advances image processing system. Except for some cases where it is necessary to manipulate image, and in this case authors have to explain where manipulation has been done.
3.3. Plagiarism: LS’s editors make every effort to ensure that manuscripts are original material and prevent any practices of plagiarism and duplicate of publication. If such practices are detected, authors are informed to handle them.
3.4. Duplicate Submission: To make sure that all manuscripts are not being published elsewhere, LS’s journal make every effort to identify, detect and prevent concurrent or duplicate submission. If such practices are detected, LS journal applies strict actions and sanctions against these authors i.e papers are withdrawn from the platform.
3.5. Sanctions: If any violations of the publication ethics or professional codes are detected, then strict action is taken, according to LS’s procedures for dealing with unethical behavior as follows:
- A warning letter to the author covering the misconduct.
- Immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript.
- Probation period is applied to all responsible authors regarding any further submission to LS journal.
- Probation period is applied to all responsible authors regarding serving as referees/reviewers for LS journal.
- Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
- A professional letter to the chairman of the authors or reviewers department or funding agency.
- Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal.
- Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organization or higher authority for further investigation and action.
- Further sanctions may be imposed, if violations of the above policies are found to be serious.
3.6. Editors and Board Members as Authors: LS’s journal adopts well defined procedures and policies to exclude editors from publication decisions when they are authors.
3.7. Conflicts of Interest: To ensure objectivity in the review procedure, editors and peer reviewers are requested to disclose that there is no conflict of interest.
3.8. Libel and Defamation: LS editors make every effort to identify, detect and prevent any certain language or expression either in the manuscripts or peer reviewer reports that would lead to legal action for defamation and negligent misstatement.
3.9. Editorial Independence and Commercial Issues: To ensure a formal relationship between the editors and the publisher (LS), LS journal adopted polices and established mechanism to avoid biased decisions that financially influenced by authors.
3.10. Academic Debate: Comments or constructive criticism of any published work are allowed by LS journal. If such practice occurred, authors are informed to respond before the comments are published.
3.11. Appeals: To appeal against editorial decisions, authors refer to the international based mechanism that is adopted by LS journal.
3.12. Corrections: LS journal welcomes authors or readers to notify the journal editorial office if any errors discovered in the published work. If such occurred, editors and authors are notified to correct theses errors, then an erratum will be published in an issue in the same journal.
Research Ethics in Journal Articles
4.1. Human Rights, Privacy and Confidentiality: LS journal ensures confidentiality of submitted manuscripts; editors don’t share Manuscripts with any third party except the peer reviewers.
4.2. Cultures and Heritage: LS’s editors make every effort to identify, detect and prevent publishing any images or texts that related to religious or historical events that could be offensive to some social groups.
4.3. Reporting Guidelines: LS’s editors and peer reviewers make every effort to ensure that the necessary information is available in the submitted manuscripts for the purpose of evaluation by readers.
Copyright and Access
5.1. Copyright and Licensing Information: Copyright and licensing are clearly described on the LS’s page on Digital Commons (in the “Authors Guidelines”). By submitting a manuscript for publication to the journal, authors acknowledge that the work is original and is not being submitted to another journal. The submission of a manuscript by the authors implies that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to LS journal if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.
5.2. Archiving: LS journal is a member of CrossRef which gives it the ability to create and deposit digital object identifiers (DOIs) for the content we produce. We allocate DOIs to our publications by depositing bibliographic metadata for each article with CrossRef while citing metadata that includes the current location of the journal on the website.
5.4. Ownership and management: LS journal clearly provides information about the ownership and/or management of the journal on its website on Digital Commons.
5.5. The website: LS journal’s web site on Digital Commons has been created and maintained to ensure high ethical and professional standards are applied.
5.6. Publishing schedule: LS journal clearly indicates in the first page of each journals website the publication frequency, i.e. the periodicity at which the issues of the journal are published.
5.7. Name of the journal: LS journal selects very carefully its journal name, which must be unique and reflective of the broad scope of the journal. A given journal name is selected to avoid confusion with other journal(s) while not misleading potential authors and readers about the journal’s origin or organization with other journals.