Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The IJHCS is a peer-reviewed international journal with a primary objective to provide research and applications related to all areas of humanities, cultural studies and social science fields.

IJHCS scope of interest may include all humanities and social science fields such as anthropology, communication studies,  cross-cultural studies, demography, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations,  international relations,  linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, literature, discourse studies, religious studies, women and gender studies, queer studies etc…The journal is published in  online version. It is the journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field. IJHCS invites the Researchers or Scientists, Research scholars, Academicians, postgraduate Students,  etc., to employ this journal for publishing articles for the development of humanities and social science fields.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts undergo blind peer review. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors as soon as possible. The Editorial Board will re-review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision. Authors whose contributions need revision will be sent reports of the needed modifications and are given enough time to respond to them. The Journal has no tolerance  for plagiarism and the journal uses plagiarism detectors. When plagiarism is detected and confirmed, the article is immediately rejected and other porcedures may be taken against the concerned author(s).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Fee

While the traditional model relies on restricting access to published research in order to recoup the costs of the publication process, the open access publishing model treats publication as the last phase of the research process. Open access publishing proposes a relatively new model for scholarly journal publishing that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of all published articles. Open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author's work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. Many authors in a variety of fields have begun to realize the benefits that open access publishing can provide in terms of increasing the impact of their work. In an open-access model, the publication costs of an article are paid by the authors, or by their supporting institution. In addition, authors who publish in our open access journal retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. The research articles and book reviews' processing and publication fee is 150 US Dollars. A certificate of publication is also delivered after the publication of the article. There is no submission fee.

 


 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Responsibilities of the Editor and Executive Editorial Board of the IJHCS

The editor and the executive editorial board of the IJHCS are responsible for

  • deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be published. In making these decisions, they are guided by the policies of the journal (IJHCS Guidelines for Submission and Publication of Manuscripts, and by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism;
  • providing guidance to guest editors, authors, and reviewers on everything that is expected of them and also a description of peer review processes;
  • providing new editorial board members with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and keeping existing members updated on new policies and developments;
  • evaluating manuscripts exclusively based on their academic and intellectual merit, without regard to the author(s)’ race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation, or social class;
  • ensuring a fair and unbiased double-blind peer review of the manuscripts and that all information related to them is kept confidential. They also ensure that both authors’ and peer reviewers’ identities are protected;
  • ensuring that appropriate reviewers are selected;
  • developing and maintaining a database of suitable reviewers and updating it on the basis of reviewer performance;
  • ensuring that unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author;
  • taking reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted or published manuscript. In cases of suspected misconduct, they follow the COPE flowcharts, available at http://publicationethics.org/files/Full%20set%20of%20flowcharts.pdf;
  • publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed.

 Managing Editor’s Responsibilities

The managing editor is responsible for

  • defining the subject matter and role of every article in a thematic issue;
  • providing clear guidelines to authors regarding the topic and boundaries of their contributions and the overall design of the issue;
  • ensuring, in collaboration with the executive editorial board, that appropriate reviewers are selected for all the articles (whether they have been commissioned or submitted as a result of a call for papers);
  • establishing a timeline for draft paper submission, peer review, revision and final paper submission with the executive editorial board, and ensuring that all deadlines are met;

Authors’ Responsibilities

  • Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable;
  • Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. This constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable;
  • Authors must ensure that they have written original works and that any work or words of other authors, contributors or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced;
  • Authors submitting their works to IJHCS for publication as original articles confirm that the submitted works represent their own contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works without clearly citing the source. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work;
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable;
  • Authors must ensure that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere;
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors;
  • The corresponding author with the journal should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript and that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication;
  • Authors should disclose financial or other conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support should be disclosed;
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, the author must promptly notify the journal editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscript. 

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Peer review assists the editor and executive editorial board of the IJHCS in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript;
  • Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted;
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents;
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage;
  • Reviewers must report to the editor of the IJHCS if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s part;
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper;
  • Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to the authors’ race, age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class;
  • Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Publisher’s Responsibilities

The publisher of the IJHCS is responsible for

  • providing practical support to the editor and executive editorial board of the IJHCS so that they can follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal;
    •  ensuring the autonomy of editorial decisions;
    • protecting intellectual property and copyright;
    • ensuring that good practice is maintained to the standards defined above.
    • the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensuring accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive.