Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics for Iranian Journal of Catalysis

Iranian Journal of Catalysis is a members of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics Since January 2013.

Author Responsibilities

• The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.

• Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.

• Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.

• Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.

• Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.

• The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

• Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

See more about Author responsibilities at COPE website

Editor Roles and Responsibilities

• Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish

• Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process

• Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting

• Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct

• Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct

• Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals

• Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them

• Editors should have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest

See more about Editor roles and responsibilities at COPE website

Reviewers Responsibilities

Reviewer responsibilities toward authors

• Providing written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work, together with the documented basis for the reviewer’s opinion

• Indicating whether the writing is clear, concise, and relevant and rating the work’s composition, scientific accuracy, originality, and interest to the journal’s readers

• Avoiding personal comments or criticism

• Maintaining the confidentiality of the review process: not sharing, discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed paper

Reviewer responsibilities toward editors

• Notifying the editor immediately if unable to review in a timely manner and providing the names of potential other reviewers

• Alerting the editor about any potential personal or financial conflict of interest and declining to review when a possibility of a conflict exists

• Complying with the editor’s written instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, and quality of the review

• Providing a thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work, which may include supplementary material provided to the journal by the author

• Determining scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work; indicating ways to improve it; and recommending acceptance or rejection using whatever rating scale the editor deems most useful

• Noting any ethical concerns, such as any violation of accepted norms of ethical treatment of animal or human subjects or substantial similarity between the reviewed manuscript and any published paper or any manuscript concurrently submitted to another journal which may be known to the reviewer

• Refraining from direct author contact

See more about reviewer responsibilities at COPE website

General responsibilities of the publisher

• The editor-in-chief of Iranian Journal of Catalysis is responsible for editorial content and managing content-related processes.

• It is the publisher’s responsibility to promptly release corrections or retractions after the discovery of a significant error or scientific inaccuracy in a published work.

• It is the publisher’s responsibility to handle the cases of misconduct and ensure that publication ethics of the journal are obeyed.