SQUJS Follows the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). SQUJS defines scientific misconduct as:

  1. Data analysis

The data used in the research article must be actually analyzed and real. Data fabrication and falsification including falsifying data, inventing data, ignoring part of the data purposefully, or any form of omission, suppression, or distortion of data, all do constitute misconduct.

  1. Authorship

A list of all the authors who made significant contributions to the research article including students and technicians.

  1. Plagiarism

Using published or unpublished texts, ideas, or thoughts of another writer without referencing and presenting them as one’s own. Plagiarism includes duplicate publications or submissions in the same or in another language.

  1. Redundant publications

It means publishing two similar manuscripts which share the same theme, data and discussion points. Authors are advised to combine their results into one robust paper.

  1. Multiple submissions

It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. This behavior wastes the time of editors and peer reviewers, and can damage the reputation of the author and the journals. If the manuscript is published in more than one journal, the later publication will be retracted.

Dealing with misconduct

SQU Journal for Science takes all forms of misconduct very seriously. It follows the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE) recommendations and guidelines (publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines). Final decisions regarding scientific misconduct are taken by the Editor-in-Chief. For further information on ethical misconduct, please refer to the Good Publication Practice recommended by the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE).