Reviewers Guidelines

Publishing Ethics and Academic Research Guidelines

Introduction

At FIMT Law Journal, the integrity of our academic content and publishing process is paramount. This document outlines the best practice principles that we apply to our journal. We hope these guidelines will be useful to many different groups, including authors, peer reviewers, editors within and outside of FIMT Law Journal.

Research Integrity

We uphold high standards and expect research published by FIMT Law Journal to abide by the principles of:

  1. honesty in all aspects of research
  2. diligence, thoroughness, and excellence in research practice
  3. transparency and open communication
  4. care and respect for all authors in and subjects of research.

Additionally, we expect our journal editorial team to provide specific guidelines and policies for authors on research integrity and ethics appropriate to their subject matter and discipline.

Anyone who believes that research published by FIMT Law Journal has not been carried out in line with the Research Publishing Guidelines, or the above principles, should raise their concern with the editor or email fimtlj@fimtlawjournal.in.

Editorial Process

We are committed to editorial independence and strive in all cases to prevent this principle from being compromised through conflicts of interest, fear, or any other corporate, business, financial or political influence. Our editorial processes reflect this commitment to editorial independence.

We do not discriminate against authors, editors or peer reviewers based on personal characteristics or identity.

The editorial decisions on articles submitted to our journals are made by external academic editors and based on independent peer review reports.

Peer Review

Peer review is critical to maintaining the standards of our publications. We:

  1. encourage our editors and peer reviewers to familiarize themselves with and act in
    accordance with relevant best practice guidelines on peer review,
  2.   support our editors and peer reviewers in investigating and acting on any suspected cases of manipulated or fraudulent peer review,
  3. protect the confidentiality of authors in the peer review process where anonymity forms part of that publication’s peer review process. We also expect authors and peer reviewers to uphold any relevant confidentiality arrangements for the journal and to provide necessary information to support this.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as ‘using someone else’s ideas, words, data, or other material produced by them without acknowledgement’. Plagiarism can occur in respect to all types of sources and media, including:

  1. text, illustrations, musical quotations, extended mathematical derivations, computer
    code, etc.
  2. material downloaded from websites or drawn from manuscripts or other media,
  3. published and unpublished material, including lectures, presentations and grey literature.

We do not tolerate plagiarism in any of our publications, and we reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected. We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the editor or by
emailing fimtlj@fimtlawjournal.in.

Duplicate and Redundant Publication

Duplicate or redundant publication, or ‘self-plagiarism’, occurs when a work, or substantial parts of a work, is published more than once by the author(s) of the work without appropriate cross-referencing or justification for the overlap. This can be in the same or a different language. We do not support substantial overlap between publications, unless:

  1. it is felt that editorially this will strengthen the academic discourse;
  2. we have clear approval from the original publication; and
  3. we include citation of the original source.

We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of duplicate or redundant publication, either by contacting the editor or by emailing fimtlj@fimtlawjournal.in.
When authors submit manuscripts to our journal, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity. However, deposition of a preprint on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive shall not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication.

Libel, Defamation and Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression is critical to us as academic publishers, but we do not support publishing false statements that harm the reputation of individuals, groups, or organizations.

Fraudulent Research and Research Misconduct

Any publication found to include fraudulent results will be retracted, or an appropriate correction or expression of concern will be issued.

Integrity of Record

We maintain a record of the existence of everything we publish with information describing such publication. Where we are obliged to alter the publication record in any way, such as in the case of research misconduct leading to retraction of a publication, we preserve the academic record as far as possible.