Publication Ethics

1. Publication and authorship

All submitted papers are subject to a strict peer-review process by at least three reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper.

Reviewers are selected by the Editor in Chief. The author also can propose reviewers for some article types.

The factors that are taken into account in the review are quality of presentation, structure, Impact, novelty and validity, and references.

The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revision, major revision or rejection.

If the authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.

Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.


2. Plagiarism


Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and unethical. International Journal of Web Research (IJWR) considers all forms of plagiarism and copyright infringement a serious offense. Appropriate author acknowledgment must be clearly indicated in the submitted manuscript. In-text citations must be inserted appropriately and citations must be correctly associated with a corresponding reference list. In cases of plagiarism, inappropriate data processing, disputed authorship, or duplicate publication, the IJWR reserves the right to retract the published article and if necessary, take legal action. Based on the retraction guidelines of COPE, the retracted article (including the title and authors in the retraction heading) and the reason for retraction will be specified promptly in the journal website. If due to honest error a small part of an article proves to be misleading, we consider issuing a correction. The papers will also be checked for plagiarism using the iThenticate service. Any paper with an above 30 percent overall similarity with other papers will be rejected.

(a) Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript
(b) Suspected plagiarism in a published manuscript
The IJWR publishes research article that is reliable and follows the international standard for scientific research. Figures/Images should precisely replicate the original data. We may contact the corresponding author and request source data for any figure/image before publication. We encourage authors to submit their databases used in the research study as supplementary files (appendix) or host databases on the author’s personal or institutional websites.


3. Copyright

 All articles are permanently available online to the public without restrictions or subscription fees. All articles are free to be used, cited and distributed on condition that appropriate acknowledgment is included. Authors are the copyright holders of their original contributions. The published article is simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution License. “A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created” Wikipedia.

 The number of citations is one of the main measurements for author productivity and impact in each field. Therefore, authors are encouraged to post their research work online to make their publications available to a larger audience to increase the impact factor and citation levels.


Copyright regulations regarding archiving:


  • Author can archive pre-print or original manuscript which has not been peer-reviewed by the journal. Archiving pre-print versions of the manuscript is not considered prior to publication.
  • Author can archive post-print or accepted manuscript which has undergone the peer-review process and accepted for publication.
  • Author can archive publishers' final version of the article which has been peer-reviewed, revised accordingly, proofread, and formatted for publication.


4License Agreement


In submitting a manuscript to the International Journal of Web Research (IJWR), you must agree to the following statements:
1) I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into this arrangement with IJWR.
2) On behalf of myself and my co-authors, I confirm that:
2-1) The submitted manuscript has not been previously published, is original, is not under consideration by any other journal, does not infringe on any existing copyright or any other third-party rights.
2-2) I am/we are the only author(s) of the manuscript and have full authority to enter into this agreement with IJWR.
2-3) The manuscript contains nothing illegal.
2-4) I/we have taken due care to ensure the integrity of the manuscript. To the best of my/our knowledge, all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.
3) I/we agree that the manuscript, if accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.


Additional information about Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0:
The Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 provides the following summary:
You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.


Under the following terms:
— you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

No additional restrictions—you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.



5. Authors' Responsibilities

Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work.

Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in review in another journal.

Authors must participate in the peer review process and follow the comments.

Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.

Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.

Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.

Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.

Authors must not use irrelevant sources that may help other researches/journals.


6. Responsibility for the Reviewers

Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.

Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


7. Editorial Responsibilities

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.

Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.

Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.

Editors should base their decisions only on the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.

Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.

Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international accepted ethical guidelines.

Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.

Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.

Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.

Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

Editors must not change their decision after submitting a decision (especially after reject or accept) unless they have a serious reason.


8. Publication Ethics and COPE Compliance

IJWR is committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and to supporting ethical research practices and adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.