Contemporary Legal studies Journal (CLSJ) promotes adherence to the core principles of publication ethics promulgated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It is ,therefore, important that all parties involved in the publication of an article including: The author(s), Editor-in-chief, reviewers, the executive director be aware of and be committed to publication ethics as clearly defined below.
When authors submit a manuscript and reviewers accept to conduct a review, it is presumed that they know and adhere to publication ethics.
- Falsification: Alteration through addition, omission, or distortion of information (to include but not limited to data, citations, quotations, transcripts, archival documents) intended to deceptively promote or diminish or otherwise mislead.
- Fabrication: Manufacture of information (to include but not limited to data, citations, quotations, transcripts, archival documents) in order to deceptively promote or diminish or otherwise mislead.
- Discriminatory and Harassing Research Practices and Language: Differential treatment of and conduct toward an individual or group of people based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), age, marital and parental status, disability, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
- Failure to Acknowledge Sources: Includes all forms of plagiarism (see below) and also intentionally or unintentionally omitting to cite irreproducible sources.
- Plagiarism: Appropriation of another person’s words, ideas methods, results, or artwork as one’s own (i.e., without appropriate citation), which includes translation plagiarism, self-plagiarism and compression plagiarism.
- Multiple Manuscript Submission: Submitting the same manuscript to more than one publisher, or even to more than one publication at the same publisher, without full disclosure.
- Undisclosed Errors in Published Work: Failure to report errors discovered after publication to the publisher and/or editor.
- Misrepresentation of Authorship: Exaggerating or understating/omitting contribution by one or more parties to a publication. (For more explanation on different types of such misrepresentation see Brill’s Publication Ethics). In order to prevent such violation, the corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors are included in and non-authors are excluded from the paper. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring the consent of all other authors of the paper and sending their consent (in the form of letter of commitment to the Editor-in-Chief)
Editor-in-chief and Editorial board:
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
The content of an article should be reviewed regardless of the author(s) race, religion, ethnic and any political standpoints.