Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The publication of any article in the (double-blind) peer-reviewed journals published by Shahid Beheshti University Press is a meticulous process which seeks to improve and expand the depth and bredth of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles not only support and embody the scientific methods but also improve upon any imaginable methological imperfections. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the reviewer, the publisher and the society behind society-owned or sponsored journals.
HIJ takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethics when publishing and distributing academic research material. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this proves useful to the editors.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
An author should not under any circumstance publish manuscripts or plan to do so that essentially reflect similar research findings for its spoils the originality of the produced work; nor should they under any circumstance submit one original work of research to more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit a previously published paper for consideration in another journal.
Acknowledgement of sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, for example in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
Authorship of the paper
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. Where there are others who 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 co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Before submitting their work to HIJ, authors should ensure that they have produced original works of research, and if they have used the work and/or words of others that these have been appropriately cited or quoted. Traditionally, plagiarism has appeared in 4 main forms (Mosaic, Self-plagiraism, Direct, accidental), namely, in 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Authors whose work has been founded on plagiarism will be added to HIJ blacklist.
Double-blind peer-review; in special case a third reviewer will be approached. Reviewers are required to express any conflict of interest prior to their evaluation of submissions.
Ethical guidelines for journal publication
The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed journals published by Shahid Beheshti University is a process of permanent knowledge improvement. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society behind society-owned or sponsored journals.
Shahid Beheshti University Press takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities.
We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to the editors.
Duties of authors
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 paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial 'opinion' works should be clearly identified as such.
Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Hazards and human or animal subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these 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 all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that they have been approved by the appropriate institutional committee(s). Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest 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 which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her 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.
HIJ is published by Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
Authors whose articles were published by HIJ are the copyright owners; they can download, use, recycle and share articles or findings as long as accurate and correct credit/reference is given to the actual work-article, its author and place of publication.
HIJ is locally archived by Shahid Beheshti University Informatic section; all submissions are treated as confidential academic material. Moreover, the journal is archived by CROSSREF / DOI.
HIJ fully endorses Open Access mindset; all articles can be freely downloaded and shared.
APC (Article Processing Charges):
4,000,000 Iranian Rials Only after final acceptance of the article (around 14 USD)