Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

STATEMENT

Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya is a publisher for various scientific journals in Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya, Indonesia. It is a peer-reviewed open-access publisher in various fields of science such as education, social and politics, agriculture and forestry, Islamic studies, engineering, computer science, and health sciences, which is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and taking all possible action against publication malpractices. This statement describes the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing articles in this journal, including authors, editor-in-chief, associate editors, editorial boards, reviewers, and publishers. This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Our responsibility is to publish original value work to the intellectual community in the best form and the highest possible standard.

As an essential requirement, all articles submitted to the journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya must be original works that have never been published before and submitted exclusively to the Institute for Research Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya. For some relevant manuscripts in some journals, it must be compiled in the context of the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/) established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and updated in December 2019. All articles in this journal involving human subjects should respect the principles of research ethics as set out in the Declaration of Helsinki. Animal studies should comply with the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals developed by the Council for the International Organization of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

The publication of an article in the journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya is an essential building block in developing a respected network of knowledge. The publication of scientific information depends heavily on trust. Editors rely on peer reviewers for confidentiality and practical assessments, authors trust peer selection editors, and readers trust the peer review process. Appropriate decisions and solid editorial processes will stimulate an efficient publishing system. It is essential to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the authors, the editors, the reviewers, and the publisher.

DUTIES OF AUTHORS

Reporting Standard

The article's authors should present accurate data of the work and an objective discussion of its relevance. The underlying data should be accurately represented in the paper. The paper should contain sufficient detail and references to allow others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly incorrect statements constitute unethical behavior and are not acceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial opinions should be clearly identified as such.

Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide raw data in connection with the editorial review paper and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, where practicable, and should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable period of time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should guarantee that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the works and/or the words of others, they have been promptly cited or referenced. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing away' another paper as an author's own paper to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another paper (without attribution) to claiming results from research by others. Plagiarism, in all its forms, constitutes an unethical behavior of publishing and is unacceptable. We will check each manuscript using Plagiarism Checker X Professional and Turnitin to ensure the article's authenticity, as shown in the Plagiarism Policy.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publishing some articles (e.g., clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, reflecting the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, reflecting the same data and interpreting the primary document. In the secondary publication, the primary reference must be cited.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Proper recognition of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have influenced the nature of the work reported. Information obtained privately, such as conversations, correspondence, or discussions with third parties, shall not be used or reported without explicit written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as reference manuscripts or grant applications, may not be used without the author's express written permission of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper. All co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. In general, the authorship of the article is based on the role and contribution of the author of the article produced, including:
1. Conceptualization
2. Data curation
3. Formal analysis
4. Funding acquisition
5. Investigation
6. Methodology
7. Project administration
8. Resources
9. Software
10. Supervision
11. Validation
12. Visualization
13. Writing the original draft
14. Writing review and editing (https://casrai.org/credit/)

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment with any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify them in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that the relevant laws and institutional guidelines have carried out all procedures and that they have been approved by the appropriate institutional committee(s), as can be seen in the Study Ethics and Ethical Clearance Policy. The authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent has been obtained for experiments with human subjects, as shown in the Informed Concern Policy. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be respected. As previously mentioned, all research involving human subjects should respect the principles of research ethics as set out in the Declaration of Helsinki, and animal studies should comply with the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals developed by the Council for the International Organization of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose any financial or material conflict of interest in their manuscript that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, shareholdings, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest possible stage. For research that receives grants from an institution, both governmental and private, the number of grants received must also be included by the authors.

Figure Integrity

Editing figures such as enhancing, blurring, moving, deleting, or editing certain features in figures is not acceptable. Brightness, contrast, or color balance adjustments are acceptable if and as long as they do not obscure or omit any information contained in the original figures. Manipulating figures for better clarity is acceptable, but manipulation for other purposes can be considered an abuse of scientific ethics and will be handled accordingly. Authors must adhere to any specific policies for graphic figures adopted by the journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya, e.g., provide original figures as supplementary material with articles, or store them in other freely accessible places such as institutional repositories.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

DUTIES OF EDITORS

The editor of journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya is responsible for deciding which articles should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair Play

An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in editors' own research without the author's express written consent.

DUTIES OF REVIEWERS

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions, and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the quality of a paper.

Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editors and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. The reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting rationale arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify the source of references that the authors have not cited. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers.

DUTIES OF PUBLISHER

It is committed to ensuring that commercial interest has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. All journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya will assist in communications with other journals where this is useful to the authors. All journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya also work closely with all related divisions to set best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions and provide specialized legal review and counsel if necessary.

MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

The papers published in all journals at the Institute for Research and Community Services Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya will be considered to retract in the 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 crossreferencing, permission, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication)
  • it constitutes plagiarism
  • it reports unethical research

The mechanism of retraction follows the Retraction Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which can be accessed here.