Ethics Commitment

 | Post date: 2020/03/11 | 

All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission stage to meet the structural and subject principles of each journal. The matched articles will be gone under a double-blinded peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers who are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field specialties. The Editorial Board members have the final responsibility to select the articles.

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. Following the ethical matters is one of the most important duties of Journal editorial board. This committee does not tolerate any plagiarism or publication malpractice. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.

Publication Ethics

The ethical policy of  SAN is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and complies with International Committee of SAN Editorial Board codes of conduct. Readers, authors, reviewers and editors should follow these ethical policies once working with SAN. The ethical policy of SAN is liable to determine which of the typical research papers or articles submitted to the journal should be published in the concerned issue. For information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines please visit

Duties and Responsibilities of Publishers

  1. SAN is committing to ensure that editorial decisions on manuscript submissions are the final.
  2. SAN is promising to ensure that the decision on manuscript submissions is only made based on professional judgment and will not be affected by any commercial interests.
  3. SAN is committing to maintain the integrity of academic and research records.
  4. SAN is monitoring the ethics by Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, Reviewers, Authors, and Readers.
  5. SAN is always checking the plagiarism and fraudulent data issues involving in the submitted manuscript.
  6. SAN is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications and retractions involving its publications as and when needed.

Duties of editorial board, authors and reviewers are following:

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.

Authorship is a way of making explicit both credit and responsibility for the contents of published articles. Credit and responsibility are inseparable. The guiding principle for authorship decisions is to present an honest account of what took place. Criteria for authorship apply to all intellectual products, including print and electronic publications of words, data, and images. Journals should make their own policies on authorship transparent and accessible.

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.

- Reporting standards   

- Manuscript must be certified as an original work by authors.

- Manuscript must be certified that has not previously been submitted published or even in under review process.

- All data used in the submitted paper must be certified that are authentic and real.

- The Journal is a peer reviewed scientific journal so that Authors must consider and follow editorial board and reviewer comments.

- Gift authorship is not allowed and authors mentioned in manuscript must have contributed to the registered article.

- Corresponding author is the main owner of submitted manuscript so she/he is responsible for the whole correspondence during the paper submission, correction and revision process.

- Any conflict of interest must be notified by authors.

- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own submitted manuscript / published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

- Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have influenced their research.

Duties of Editorial Board

1. General duties and responsibilities of editors:
1.1. Editors should be accountable for everything published in their journals This means the editors should:
1.2. strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;
1.3. strive to constantly improve their journal;
1.4. have processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish;
1.5. champion freedom of expression;
1.6. maintain the integrity of the academic record;
1.7. preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
1.8. always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Duties of Reviewers

reviewers should:
• respond in a reasonable time-frame, especially if they cannot do the review, and without intentional delay.
• declare if they do not have the subject expertise required to carry out the review or if they are able to assess only part of the manuscript, outlining clearly the areas for which they have the relevant expertise.
• only agree to review a manuscript if they are fairly confident they can return a review within the proposed or mutually agreed time-frame, informing the journal promptly if they require an extension.
• declare any potentially conflicting or competing interests (which may, for example, be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious), seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
• follow journals’ policies on situations they consider to represent a conflict to reviewing. If no guidance is provided, they should inform the journal if: they work at the same institution as any of the authors (or will be joining that institution or are applying for a job there); they are or have been recent (e.g. within the past 3 years) mentors, mentees, close collaborators or joint grant holders; they have a close personal relationship with any of the authors.
• review afresh any manuscript they have previously reviewed for another journal as it may have changed between the two submissions and the journals’ criteria for evaluation and acceptance may be different.
• ensure suggestions for alternative reviewers are based on suitability and not influenced by personal considerations or made with the intention of the manuscript receiving a specific outcome (either positive or negative).
• not agree to review a manuscript just to gain sight of it with no intention of submitting a review.
• decline to review if they feel unable to provide a fair and unbiased review. • decline to review if they have been involved with any of the work in the manuscript or its reporting.
• decline to review if asked to review a manuscript that is very similar to one they have in preparation or under consideration at another journal.
• decline to review if they have issues with the peer-review model used by a journal (e.g. it uses open review and releases the reviewers’ names to the authors) that would either affect their review or cause it to be invalidated because of their inability to comply with the journal’s review policies

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

- The confidentiality of manuscript information should be considered by reviewers.

- Explicit and clear opinions should be expressed about different parts of manuscript. Personal criticism of the author is also inappropriate by reviewers.

- Once the paper read, assessed or qualified by each reviewers, they may make a recommendation to the editor in chief regarding paper publication. They also should draw the editor in chief attention to similarity or overlap between the manuscript and other published paper based on their personal knowledge.

- Reviewers should fill journal review questions and score sheet to show weaknesses or strengths of the manuscripts.

- Previous relevant published research that has not been cited in the manuscript could also be introduced by reviewers to promote the paper qualification.

- Reviewer reviews his/her assigned article and judges it according to four categories: publish as is, publish with minor revisions, publish with major revisions, and reject.

- Reviewers have to remember that the final decision to accept or reject will depend on the comments from the Editor-in-Chief.

- Keep manuscript and review details secret.

Principles of Transparency
1. Website
: A journal’s website,( the text that it contains, demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. It not contain information that might mislead readers or authors, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site. An ‘Aims & Scope’ statement  included on the website and the readership clearly defined. There is a statement on what a journal will consider for publication including authorship criteria (e.g., not considering multiple submissions, redundant publications) is included. ISSNs is clearly displayed (separate for print and electronic).
2. Name of journal: The Journal name (Studies in Arabic Narratology (SAN) is unique and not be one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the Journal’s origin or association with other journals.
3. Peer review process: Journal content must be clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal’s peer review procedures, shall be clearly described on the journal website (, including the method of peer review used. Journal websites should not guarantee manuscript acceptance or very short peer review times.
4. Ownership and management: Information about the ownership of Studies in Arabic Narratology (SAN) journal is clearly indicated on the journal’s website.( )Publishers not use organizational or journal names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.
5. Governing body: Studies in Arabic Narratology (SAN) has editorial boards or other governing bodies whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editorial board or other governing body is provided on the journal’s website.(
 6. Editorial team/contact information: Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) provide the full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors on the journal website( well as contact information for the editorial office, including a full address.
7. Copyright : Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) policy for copyright is clearly stated in the author guidelines and the copyright holder named on all published articles. Likewise, licensing information shall be clearly described in guidelines on the website,( and licensing terms shall be indicated on all published articles, both HTML and PDFs. If authors are allowed to publish under a Creative Commons license then any specific license requirements be noted. Any policies on posting of final accepted versions or published articles on third party repositories in Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) clearly stated.
8. Author fees: Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and publishing materials in Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) is free  and clearly stated in a place on website ( and that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review or explained to authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission. If no such fees are charged that should also be clearly stated.
9. Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct: Publishers and editors take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. 
10. Publication Ethics: Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) also has policies on publishing ethics. These are clearly visible on its website(
11. Publishing schedule: The periodicity at Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) is clearly indicated on website (
12. Access:  Articles of Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) is open access  are available to all of readers free and researchers all over the world in the field of Arabic narratological studies can download all the articles of our journal with free access and at no cost. For all the articles and the full text of all of them, refer to the following link in the journal for Vol1, No1 for example:(
13. Archiving: A Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN)’s plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content (for example, access to main articles via CLOCKSS or PubMedCentral) in the event a journal is no longer published is clearly indicated in website like: ( & (
14. Revenue sources:  revenue sources of Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) (e.g., author fees, subscriptions, advertising, reprints, institutional support, and organizational support) is clearly stated or otherwise evident on the journal’s website ( supurted by Kharazmi University. Publishing fees is free and not influence editorial decision making.
15. Advertising: Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) state its advertising policy if relevant, including what types of adverts is considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting adverts and whether they are linked to content or reader behavior (online only) or are displayed at random.All kinds of advertisements for receiving research articles are done online by sending emails to researchers in the field of Arabic narratological studies in the world. These ads are directly under the supervision of the editor. Also, links to issues and articles published in the journal for advertisements for further reading will be sent to the emails of researchers in the field of Arabic language and literature in the world. Advertisements is not be related in any way to editorial decision making and is kept separate from the published content.
16. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is intentionally using someone else’s ideas or other original material as if they are one's own. Copying even one sentence from someone else’s manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered by Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) as plagiarism. All manuscripts under review or published with Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) are subject to screening using plagiarism prevention software. Thus, plagiarism is a serious violation of publication ethics. The development of CrossCheck is a service that helps editors to verify the originality of papers. CrossCheck is powered by the Ithenticate software from iParadigms, known in the academic community as providers of Turnitin.  For a searchable list of all journals in the CrossCheck database, please visit: (
17. Conflicts of interest: Authors are requested to evident whether impending conflicts do or do not exist while submitting their articles to Studies in Arabic Narratology Journal (SAN) through Conflict of Interest Disclosure form on website: (


The Journal of Studies in Arabic Narratology is not a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) but we are committed to follow the standards and guidelines set out by COPE.

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