Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication
Publishing articles in a peer-reviewed An-Nur International Journal of the Quran & Hadith is fundamental to establishing a cohesive and respected knowledge network. It reflects the quality of authors' work and the support their affiliated institutions provide. Peer-reviewed articles uphold and embody the principles of the scientific method. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to establish ethical standards that govern the conduct of all parties involved in the publication process, including authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, publishers, and societies.
The publisher of An-Nur International Journal of the Quran & Hadith takes its ethical responsibilities seriously and exercises vigilant oversight over all stages of publication. We ensure that advertising, reprints, or commercial interests do not influence editorial decisions.
Decision-Making in Publication
The An-Nur International Journal of the Quran & Hadith editor determines which submitted articles should be published. This decision should be based on assessing the work's quality and significance to researchers and readers. Editors adhere to the editorial board's policies and comply with legal requirements for libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. Sometimes, consultation with other editors or reviewers may be sought during decision-making.
Editors must evaluate manuscripts solely based on their intellectual content without considering the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, nationality, or political affiliations.
Editors and the editorial staff must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts. They must refrain from disclosing manuscript information to anyone except for the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors, and the publisher, as deemed necessary.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Editors must only use unpublished material from submitted manuscripts for their research without obtaining explicit written consent from the author.
Duties of Author(s)
Authors who submit original research reports are entrusted with providing an accurate and comprehensive description of their research and an impartial discussion of its significance. The underlying data must be faithfully and transparently presented within the paper. To facilitate the replication of their study by others, authors should furnish sufficient details and references. Deliberate or knowingly false statements are considered unethical and entirely unacceptable behaviour within the realm of scholarly publishing.
Authenticity and Plagiarism Avoidance
Authors bear the responsibility of ensuring the complete originality of their work. In cases where authors incorporate the work or verbatim content from others, it is imperative to provide proper citations or quotations, thereby upholding academic integrity.
Publication Across Multiple Outlets
Authors should exercise caution to avoid simultaneously publishing manuscripts detailing the same research in multiple journals or primary publications. This practice is deemed unethical and falls under unacceptable publishing conduct.
Recognition of External Contributions
Authors must consistently acknowledge and attribute the work of others, particularly publications that have significantly influenced the research being reported. I need to include proper citations to give credit where it is due.
Criteria for Authorship
Authorship should be limited to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the research. All significant contributors should be duly recognised and listed as co-authors. Individuals participating in specific substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate co-authors are included, inappropriate co-authors are not added, and all co-authors have diligently reviewed and approved the final version of the paper, providing their consent for its submission for publication.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
All authors must disclose any financial or significant conflicts of interest within their manuscript that may be perceived as influencing the results or interpretation of their work. Moreover, authors must disclose all sources of financial support received for the project.
Rectification of Substantial Errors in Published Works
If an author identifies a substantial error or inaccuracy in their previously published work, they must promptly notify the journal editor or publisher. Furthermore, they must actively collaborate with the editor to either retract or correct the paper, thereby upholding the standards of academic integrity and the scholarly publishing process.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decision-Making
Peer reviewers play a vital role in aiding editors to make informed editorial decisions and can provide valuable feedback to authors to enhance their manuscripts.
Reviewers should promptly notify the editor if they need more expertise to evaluate a manuscript adequately or more time to complete the review.
Reviewers must treat all manuscripts as confidential documents and refrain from sharing or discussing them with unauthorised individuals.
Reviews should be conducted objectively, and any personal criticism directed at the author is inappropriate. Reviewers are encouraged to articulate their opinions clearly while providing well-founded arguments.
Identification of Relevant Sources
Reviewers should identify pertinent published works that have not been cited by the authors and bring to the editor's attention any significant similarities between the manuscript under review and other previously published papers.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Reviewers should abstain from using privileged information or ideas obtained during the peer review process for their gain. Additionally, reviewers should decline invitations to review manuscripts in cases with conflicts of interest stemming from competitive, collaborative, or other affiliations with the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.
Correction of Substantial Errors in Published Works
If an author identifies a significant error or inaccuracy within their previously published work, they must promptly inform the journal editor or publisher. Furthermore, the author should actively cooperate with the editor to retract or rectify the paper.
Duties of Editors
Editors have an ethical obligation to evaluate the intellectual content of manuscripts without any bias related to the authors' characteristics, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, nationality, or political affiliations.
Editors and their editorial staff must rigorously uphold the confidentiality of submitted manuscript details. Just so you know, information about a manuscript should only be shared with authorised parties, including the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors, and the publisher, as deemed necessary.
Transparency and Conflict of Interest Avoidance
Editors should seek explicit written consent from authors before utilising unpublished materials from a submitted manuscript in their research.
Determining which submitted articles should be published rests with the journal's editorial board. The primary considerations in such decisions should consistently revolve around the validity of the work and its significance to researchers and readers. Editors may refer to the journal's editorial policies for guidance and must adhere to legal regulations about issues like libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism that are applicable at the time. In certain cases, editors may consult other editors or reviewers during decision-making.
Editors must guarantee that every manuscript undergoes an initial assessment for its originality. They should conduct peer review processes fairly and judiciously. Editors must delineate their peer review procedures in the author guidelines and specify which journal sections are subject to peer review. When selecting peer reviewers for papers under consideration for publication, editors should prioritise individuals possessing the requisite expertise while avoiding those with conflicts of interest.