Publication Ethics

International Journal of Childhood and Women’s Studies (IJCWS)

To reach the highest standards in publication ethics, the journal applies the principles of publication recommended by Committee on Publication Ethics. (COPE)

Authors’ Responsibilities

Before submitting an article, authors should ensure that they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Authors must claim, that the submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration. If authors decide to submit their manuscript to another journal, they must withdraw their paper from the journal.
  • The corresponding author will ensure that all contributing co-authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication. Only authors who have made a significant contribution to the submitted study will be included.
  • Authors must ensure that their manuscript is original and provide a list of references for the material that is taken from other sources.
  • Authors must carefully read the copyright statement and accept responsibility for releasing necessary information during the submission process.
  • Authors should ensure that they conform to all research ethics guidelines, especially if human or animal subjects are involved in their research. They should ensure that they obtained proof of consent from participants in their research.
  • Authors must state any potential conflict of interest on submission of their manuscript.
  • Authors are obliged to participate in a peer review process of their submitted manuscript. They should respond to all the comments and any recommendations of reviewers before the given deadline.
  • Authors can submit only their original work, not submitted for the publication anywhere else.Authors need to be sure they have obtained all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works used in their work.
  • Authors are obliged to adapt the submitted article to the style sheet of the journal and make sure the article contains the full list of references.
  • Authors are expected to revise their papers according to the suggestions of the reviewers. In case they refuse to do so without providing satisfactory arguments, the Editors reserve the right to deny publication. 

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Reviewers should keep the review process confidential and refrain from using information obtained during the peer review process for their own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Reviewers should not involve anyone else in the review of a manuscript, without first obtaining permission from the journal.
  • Reviewers should remain unbiased by considerations related to the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, origins of a manuscript or by commercial considerations.
  • Reviewers should inform the Journal Editor, if they suspect any potential competing or conflicts of interest.
  • Reviewers should inform the Journal Editor, if they come across any irregularities with respect to research and publication ethics.
  • Reviewers should be objective and constructive in their review, providing feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript. They should be specific in their review, and provide supporting evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements, to help editors in their evaluation.

Editors’ Responsibilities

  • Editors should ensure that the manuscripts conform to the ethical policies of their journal.
  • Editors should not discriminate against authors based on gender, race, colour, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.
  • Editors should address authors’ complaints and keep any documents related with the complaints.  
  • Editors should ensure that the manuscripts are reviewed in a confidential manner.
  • Editors should ensure that authors and reviewers are properly advised regarding the review process as well as publication ethics and policies.
  • Journal editors should consider retracting a publication if:

-        they have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error)

-        the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)

-        it constitutes plagiarism

-        it reports unethical research


COPE Council. Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. September 2017.

 COPE Council. COPE Guidelines: A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors. May 2019

Retraction Guidelines