Publication Ethics

Ethical Principles of the Journal

  • The ethical charter of this publication is based on the guidelines of the ethics committee in publishing COPE research. 
  • When using the articles in this publication, citing the name of the journal and its number, as well as the name of the author or authors must be done, otherwise, it will be a violation of the above rules.
  • The principles of Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0), as well as open access (OPEN ACCESS), are observed for journal articles and the authors can retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions. 

Anti-Plagiarism Policy:

The Quarterly Journal of Improvement Management regards plagiarism as a very serious offense. It is an illegal form of copying. Plagiarism is defined as the unacknowledged use of the work of others as if this were your own original work. All assessment rights for plagiarism checking in the journal are reserved.

Plagiarism has a variety of forms:

  1. to insert the authors and researchers’ names who have no role in the article;
  2. to copy or repeat the most significant part of another article (even the copied article is related to the author of a new essay);
  3. to show the outcome and results of other researches to his/her own;
  4. to express false results, in contrast with scientific findings or distort the outcomes of the research;
  5. continuous publishing by a single author in some journals;
  6. to apply unreliable data or manipulate research data.

The journal editors will study plagiarism items for preserving the validity and the efforts of researchers without any overlook or indulgence based on the level of plagiarism then legally pursued as follows:

  1. The article will be disapproved, and in case of publishing, it will be disappeared from the site;
  2. The name of the authors will be inserted in the blacklist journals of the publisher;
  3. It will be prosecuted by qualified legal and judicial references;
  4. By writing an official letter, the plagiarism file is shared with other related domestic and foreign journals;
  5. By writing an official letter to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, databases, universities, institutes, and journals or wherever the author has used the printing rate of this article, they are informed of the procedure.

 1- Duties of the publication  

  • Publishing and publishing decisions:

The journal follows the principles of Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) and the articles are open access (OPEN ACCESS).

  • Fair decision-making about articles:

Decision-making about articles is done at any stage regardless of the authors' race, gender, religious beliefs, ethnicity and citizenship.

  • Confidentiality of information:

The personal information of the authors of articles for all people who have access to it, such as the editor, members of the editorial board and the internal and executive director of the journal and other active factors (other than the author) such as reviewers, consultants, editors and trusted publishers should be kept confidential and protected at all times.

  • Respect for the interests of individuals:

The possibility of using the results of other people's research should be done with the reference and written permission of the author.  

2- Duties of Reviewers 

  • Helping the editorial decision:

The reviews (double-blind peer-reviews) should assist the editor of the journal in reviewing the quality, content and science of the articles or help to improve and enhance quality and content of the articles through the communication of the editorial members with the respected author.

  • Speed ​​of action:

The selected referees should immediately inform the editor of the publication about the result after the initial review, which includes: Lack of judging the article is due to the lack of subject matter in the field of referee work, lack of time or ... . Arbitration is accompanied by delays due to busy time, lack of access to sufficient facilities, and so on.

  • Confidentiality of information:

All information contained in the articles should be considered confidential to the arbitrator and the arbitrator should try to maintain it. 

  • Reviewing by presenting scientific and transparent documents and arguments:

Judging articles should be sufficient based on scientific documents and arguments, should be clearly stated and these documents should be presented to publications and authors, and from the point of view of taste, personal, racial and Religious etc. refrain from judging articles.

  • Paying attention to the sources used in the article:

Paying attention to the resources used in the article is another duty of the reviewers. All research, topics and citations used in the article should be accompanied by a complete reference in the bibliography.

  • Non-arbitration of articles with personal intentions:

The reviewers should not accept articles for which the interests of certain individuals, institutions and companies are obtained or personal relationships are observed.

3- Duties of authors 

  • Submission of scientific and standard articles:

Authors of articles should be prepared in a scientific and coherent manner, according to the standard of publications. The method used in the article should be done accurately and objectively and the data should be reported correctly. The rights of other people in the article should be respected through full citations. Refrain from expressing sensitive and immoral, tasteful and personal, racial and religious issues and false and inaccurate information and translations of other people's works without mentioning the title in the article.

  • Provide raw data as needed:

Ask the author to provide raw data, interviews, questionnaires, and other research tools if needed. Public access to this information (compliant with the ALPSP-STM statement) helps to improve the performance of articles.

  • The originality of the submitted article:

Articles submitted by the authors should be the work of the author presenting the article and any use of other people's research should be mentioned in the article.

  • copyright:

Authors retain copyright to their work.

  • Failure to publish an article or an article accepted and published at the same time:

It is against the law to submit an article to several publications or articles published or accepted to other publications at the same time.

  • Mention appropriate referrals:

Mentioning includes mentioning all books, publications and websites and other research of individuals in the bibliography.

  • Mentioning the person in charge and colleagues in the article and being careful in the absence of irrelevant names:

The person in charge of the article is the person who has played a major role in preparing, preparing, designing and executing the article and other authors are also mentioned as collaborators in the article. And the main author of the article should make sure that the names and information of all the authors exist and that there are no names other than the authors of the article. Also, all the authors of the article have read and agreed to submit it.

  • Mention financial sponsorships:

Authors should also list all financial sponsorships of their article.

  • Reporting major errors in articles:

Whenever the author notices any errors or inaccuracies in his article, he informs the publication about it, corrects it or takes back the article.