Publication Malpractice Policy

Publication Malpractice Policy

Introduction

Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences is committed to ensuring the integrity of the academic research and publishing process. This Publication Malpractice Policy outlines the ethical standards and procedures to handle cases of publication misconduct, including plagiarism, data fabrication, and authorship disputes.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism in any form is considered a serious offense. Authors submitting manuscripts to Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences must ensure that their work is entirely original. Any form of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the article will be retracted, and the authors will be banned from submitting to the journal in the future.

Data Fabrication and Falsification

Authors are expected to provide accurate and authentic data in their manuscripts. Any manipulation, falsification, or fabrication of data is considered misconduct. If such malpractice is identified, the manuscript will be rejected, and the authors will be prohibited from submitting to the journal in the future. In cases where data fabrication or falsification is discovered after publication, the article will be retracted.

Authorship Disputes

Authorship disputes can arise when multiple individuals claim authorship of a submitted manuscript. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all co-authors have made a significant contribution to the research and agree with the submission. If an authorship dispute is reported, the journal will investigate the matter and may request documentation to resolve the issue. If a resolution cannot be reached, the manuscript may be rejected or retracted.

Reporting Violations

If any reader, reviewer, or editor suspects misconduct or unethical behavior in a submitted or published manuscript, they are encouraged to report it to the journal’s editorial office immediately. All reports will be treated confidentially, and appropriate action will be taken following a thorough investigation.

Corrections and Retractions

In cases where publication misconduct is confirmed, the journal will issue corrections, retractions, or expressions of concern as appropriate. Corrections will be made for honest errors, while retractions will be issued for serious misconduct. The retraction notice will clearly state the reason for retraction and will be linked to the original article.

Editorial Responsibilities

The editorial board of Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences is responsible for ensuring the implementation of this Publication Malpractice Policy. Editors will handle all allegations of misconduct with fairness, confidentiality, and due process.

Reviewer Responsibilities

Reviewers are expected to report any suspicion of misconduct during the review process. If a reviewer identifies potential malpractice, they should bring it to the attention of the editorial office for further investigation.

Conclusion

Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. This Publication Malpractice Policy is designed to maintain the journal’s credibility and trustworthiness among researchers and readers. By adhering to these guidelines, we aim to ensure the quality and ethics of the research published in our journal.