1. Ensure that all submitted materials are free from plagiarism. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
a. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
b. to use (another's production) without crediting the source
c. to commit literary theft
d. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
e. In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it
2. Ensure that all authors are aware of submissions and the order of authorships has been agreed by all authors. Note that all authors should have contributions to the submitted manuscript. According to ICMJ Recommendation 2013 , authorship of an article be based on the following criteria
a. substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation
of data for the work;AND
b. drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
c. final approval of the version to be published; AND
d. agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or
integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
3. In case the paper is based on a case study in an organization, the authors are responsible to protect confidentiality of identity or other information about such organizations unless there was a written permission to disclose such information from an authority representing the organization.
4. A multiple or concurrent submission for an article is widely understood as a breach of ethical publication standard and we would reject any paper submitted to Journal of Sustainable Development Science if we know that it is also submitted for journal evaluation elsewhere.
5. Any complaint with regards to the published papers in Journal of Sustainable Development Science shall be handled by the Editor-in-Chief who will seek advises from the Board Members.
6. The Editor-in-Chief may cancel publication of an accepted manuscript or retract a published manuscript if any proven research misconduct is identified.
7. Any disputes about the authorship should be resolved by the authors themselves before a manuscript is submitted. The changes in the authorship after the initial submission of a manuscript should be made in writing before the submission of the final (accepted) manuscript and the document should be signed by all authors, including those being added or removed.
8. When the editor is involved as an author of a paper submitted to the Journal of Sustainable Development Science then the review process has to be handled by other editor. Likewise, an editor should not handle the review of a paper written by an author working for the same organization with the editor.
9. Authors must cite at least 1 article on Journal of Sustainable Development Science that has been previously published