In the Name of God

Statement of Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Based on the Charter and the principles of research ethics approved by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology


Publication of a paper in an academic blind peer reviewed Journal, is one of the most important venues to show how authors and universities have a contribution to producing high-quality knowledge. Professional ethical principles and practice standards enhance the quality of knowledge. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Press and the University Vice President for Research and Technology are committed to ensuring ethical standards at all stages of the publication compliance with the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). It is, therefore, mandatory for the authors, the journal editor, and the peer reviewers to agree to refine their academic works upon the ethical standards.


Author responsibilities:

· Author(s) are responsible for ultimate liability, correctness, and validity of their publications.

· It is necessary that authors be eligible based on their intellectual contribution to research. And, Order of authors reflects their role and the corresponding author is responsible for the integrity of the whole manuscript, submission, correction, resubmission and all issues related to the research and publication.

· Guest authorship (listing a person as an author who did not intellectually involve in the research) or/and ghost authorship (omitting names of those with a significant contribution intellectually) should be avoided.

· Authors must provide readers with essential information about conflicts of interest if applicable.

· Authors are not allowed to submit, published or under publication, or under reviewed manuscript to the Journal. The expectation is when a paper was only presented in a seminar, conference, congress, symposium, workshop, etc.

· The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad strongly committed to preventing any plagiarized publications and appreciate intellectual property of other researchers as well. By submitting a manuscript, authors accept to be with truthfulness, accuracy, sincerity, respect, attentiveness, honesty, and authenticity in their research as a whole.


Editor responsibilities:

· The editor should care about ongoing improvements of their journal, its ethical issues, by emphasizing on the blind peer review; it is to assure that only papers with high quality will be published.

· Journal editor apart from Committed on Publication Ethics (COPE) guideline should be committed to the ethical principal and codes of conduct approved by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the ministry of Science, research, and technology of Iran.

· Originality, clarity, and validity and importance should be considered the fundamental principal to make a decision on a manuscript.

· The university also requires editor to:

· Publish and improve the instructions for authors with referring to the Journal’s ethical code.

· Assign reviewers and make the decision fairly, timely and unbiased.

· Encourage reviewers to confirm their under reviewed manuscripts originality or report any evidences relevant to misconduct and plagiarism.

· Ensure confidentiality of peer reviewers and author(s) identity while the manuscripts are under review.

· Advantage the FUM plagiarism detector software if necessary.


Peer-reviewers responsibilities

· Peer-reviewers are to inform the editor if they are not able to review the manuscript by the due date provided.

· Peer-reviewers are to inform the editor if there is any personal or institutional conflict of interest.

· Peer reviewers must follow the Journal guidelines and expectations for quality of the review.

· Peer reviewers must confirm their under reviewed manuscripts originality and report any evidences relevant to misconduct and plagiarism to the journal editor.

· Reviewers must give a timely and detailed academic feedback along with their opinion on the manuscript. They should avoid personal criticism to the manuscript.

· Reviewers should indicate whether the text is clear and concise sufficiently or not and if the manuscript’s thesis, the supportive arguments, and all the technical terms are clearly explained.

· Reviewers should not share any information about their under reviewed manuscripts to others.